Protected county waters recommended by ADEQ

Small wetlands form adjacent to the San Pedro River formed by upwelling of water from the subflow zone or springs will be protected under the reestablished environmental regulations.

COCHISE COUNTY — With the reversal of the Trump Administration’s policy on relaxing rules on surface water by President Joe Biden, the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has been hashing through a long, long list of potential tributaries to be protected thanks to public comment.

According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency notice in the Federal Register, “A clear definition of what surface waters are is essential to ensuring clean and safe water in all communities — supporting human health, animal habitat, agriculture, watersheds, flood management, local economies and industry.”