Benson certainly got into national news again, with the reversal of the Federal agency controlling environmental studies, regarding the 28,000 home development.

It looks as if the City of Benson, Chamber and City Council are “all on board”, to have the really scant San Pedro River watershed, deprived of another 5 million gallons of water per day.

As a water engineer, I know a thing or two about water consumption, and what happens when big straws are punched into the ground where little water already exists--and rainfall replenishment is almost non existent. I also remember the “Ag Land Rush” and collapse of the the Harquahala Valley in the middle of the 20th Century. The whole valley was once in verdant with farming and when the wells played out, the farms were abandoned. Maybe Mr. Kendrick needs to commit to import all development water for his project, from the CAP! If I were a farmer in (downstream) Dudley, Arizona, I would be raising holy hell, with any politician who would listen. Without an outside water source, the Kendrick project will likely spell Armageddon for the San Pedro River. FYI: Just so you know that I am not clueless about of how dicey water is in your area, I once lived in Willcox, and our family had friends living in both Arizona Sunsites, and on the original J-Six Ranch subdivision.

Gerald Lance Johannsen

Carlsbad, Calif.

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