Mohave County
May 2024
Volume 24 Issue 3

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Topock Marsh gets $25M upgrade for drought resilience

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May 2024

TOPOCK — Significant upgrades are in the works for the Topock Marsh situated within the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge, funded by a substantial federal investment targeting drought mitigation and ecological preservation efforts.
U.S. Senators Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly recently unveiled a $25 million allocation from the bipartisan infrastructure law, dedicated to bolstering Arizona’s drought resilience. A considerable portion of these funds will be directed towards modernizing critical infrastructure at the Yuma East Wetlands and the expansive 4,000-acre Topock Marsh.
This wetland sanctuary plays a vital role as a stopover habitat for an astounding 318 avian species during their migratory journeys. Additionally, it provides a haven for several endangered species, underscoring its ecological significance. Beyond its natural wonders, the marsh attracts outdoor enthusiasts seeking recreational pursuits like boating, fishing, hunting, and bird watching.
Regrettably, diminished flows in the Colorado River and aging infrastructure plagued by leaks have contributed to a substantial decline in water levels within the marsh over recent years. In response, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Bureau of Reclamation have joined forces, implementing interim solutions such as the installation of temporary pumps to transfer river water into the marsh.
The newly secured federal funding will pave the way for long-term remedies, including the construction of two cutting-edge screw pumps, a state-of-the-art water control structure, and the replacement of a deteriorating canal with a three-mile pipeline. Furthermore, electrical power will be integrated to facilitate efficient pump operations. These enhancements are meticulously designed to augment the marsh’s water delivery system, ensuring a more reliable and consistent water supply.
Officials assert that these improvements are crucial for maintaining optimal water levels within the marsh, thereby safeguarding the area’s wildlife and enabling continued recreational activities. This project is part of a broader initiative to combat drought through environmental conservation and sustainable water management practices.
By reviving Topock Marsh, agencies aim to preserve biodiversity, secure outdoor recreational opportunities, and guarantee that this ecological gem can withstand climate challenges and be appreciated by future generations.
—Jeremy Webb

Bullhead City Senior Campus March Activities

The Bullhead City Senior Campus provides a wide variety of activities for active adults 50 years of age and older. The Senior Campus is located at 2275 Trane Road between Bullhead City Hall and Ken Forvargue Park. Visitors will meet new friends and share in an assortment of fun activities by attending the events found below. Continental breakfast is available from 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. for just $2. For those not interested in breakfast, coffee, tea, or juice may be purchased separately during the same time for only $1. A congregate lunch is available to those 60-plus years old from 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. daily with a suggested donation of $3.

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Crown Equipment Corp. announces plans for new facility in Kingman

Crown Equipment Corporation, one of the world’s largest material handling companies, has announced plans to establish a new multi-use facility in Kingman, Arizona. This strategic expansion is designed to bring key operations closer to Crown customers, supporting retail operations and authorized dealers throughout the United States.

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