|Abstract or Summary
- The Phase 1 report is an overview of the complex water quantity and quality information and
issues specific to Benton County. It is a first step toward assessing and planning for future
water quantity and quality within Benton County and provides a template for regional water
The report details a collaborative process of data collection and assessment of the supply and
demand (use) on surface water and groundwater resources. Forecasting is based on existing
Federal, State and local databases. Baseline assessments of technical data related to water
supply and demand were provided to an interdisciplinary steering committee and work teams
tasked with providing direction and input. All committee and advisory team participation
Engaging community stakeholders and residents was an important component of the project.
Five community meetings and distribution of a questionnaire elicited concerns and values of
county residents regarding water quantity and quality (Section 6). In addition, each steering
committee and team meeting included an opportunity for public input where a number of
water issues were identified.
The Board of Benton County Commissioners is the convener of this project. The authority of
the County Commissioners does not include regulation of water and is not binding upon the
political jurisdictions within Benton County. Therefore, consensus is a goal.