Date: 8/3/17 2:10 am
From: Homer Hansen <hhansen...>
Subject: RE: [AZNMbirds] SEAZ: Cochise Lake, Willcox - Water Situatuion - Please Respond Off-list
I wanted to provide an update and say thank you to those of you who wrote
and called about Cochise Lake. The outpouring of concern and information
about how you spent your time in Willcox has had an impact and starting this
past Friday, effluent is once again being discharged to Cochise Lake. This
combined with the recent monsoon rains has already raised water levels well
past what they were just 6 months ago. It has been a slow start for
migrants to start congregating (my suspicion is that it is taking time for
the microorganisms, etc. to recover), but numbers are slowly returning.

For those who have an interest in writing, please continue to do so and copy
me with any correspondence. It has been the correspondence from those who
visit from out-of-town that has had a significant impact - this information
is very important and will continue to help raise awareness.

Thank you again,
Homer Hansen
Willcox/Tucson, AZ

-----Original Message-----
From: Homer Hansen [mailto:<hhansen...>]
Sent: Saturday, July 22, 2017 6:04 PM
To: '<aznmbirds...>'
Subject: SEAZ: Cochise Lake, Willcox - Water Situatuion - Please Respond

I have been out of state, unfortunately causing a delay in providing any
information that I have.

First, I would like to clarify that the current discharge of effluent is
independent of the wastewater treatment plant project. Effluent is being
generated at the existing plant and it is capable of being discharged to
Cochise Lake; however, this same effluent is also discharged to the Twin
Lakes Golf Course. Over the past three years or so, more and more of the
discharge that was historically shared with Cochise Lake has been redirected
to the golf course, resulting in a significant decline of the water levels.
Concerted efforts by local birders at times were able to garner 1 or 2 days
a week of discharge to prevent the complete loss of the lake. However, this
year, despite our requests, ALL the discharge has been directed to the golf
course, thus the current water situation. I think everyone recognizes how
this impacts our migratory birds, and right now, especially our shorebirds.

For those who are interested or concerned about the current situation, I
encourage you to EMAIL or WRITE the Mayor of Willcox (this provides
distribution to the council and to the public works department). PLEASE
COPY ME WITH ANY CORRESPONDENCE. I would like to create an "archive" of
this correspondence. For those who do send an email or letter, not everyone
uses the kiosk sign-in sheet or notes what they spend locally when they
visit the lake, and in the past, this information was very helpful with
presentations to the mayor and council. Any reference to your personal
visits may be helpful in the current situation.



Mike Laws <mlaws...>
Mayor of Willcox

Please copy:

Homer Hansen <hhansen...>

Carol Broeder <carol.broeder...>



City Hall
101 S. Railroad Ave
Suite. B
Willcox, AZ 85643
Attn: Mayor Mike Laws

Please copy:

Homer Hansen
2376 W. Lillie Rd.
Willcox, AZ 85643


Most sincerely,
Homer Hansen
Willcox/Tucson, AZ


For those who wish to learn more about the ecological importance of Cochise,
I recommend visiting the IBA website for a comprehensive write-up:

General current information with brief history of the Willcox lagoons:

"A brief history of the plant, saying that in the late 1940s it was a
five-acre single lagoon, and in 1967 another seven-acre lagoon was added.
The addition of surface aerators and chlorination occurred in the 1980s,
then in 2002, a lift station, a septage receiving station (for septage
haulers), and a lab/control building were added. In 2011, the plant's
treatment process was upgraded, with effluent to be discharged to Cochise
Lake or the Twin Lakes Golf Course."

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