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We have several NVNA members who are on a County “Task Force” appointed to examine control of residential development in potentially flood prone arroyos in our desert environment. Several members of your Neighborhood Association are participating in this Doña Ana County “Flood Task Force”.

On Tuesday, November 14 at 6:30 P.M., Cliff Terry will present the Task Force findings in the County Government Bldg on Motel Blvd. The Task Force presentation includes a formula that would limit development and density around arroyos based on the amount of water and velocity of flow.

Because of the participation of NVNA on this task force, Mr. Terry has chosen the Thurston Vista Rancho development as an example for how the Task Force recommendations should be implemented. These recommendations include more holding ponds, parks, walking trail and a minimum lot size of 3/4 acres.

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Cliff Terry has been acting as the facilitator on the County Task Force Committee for the Central area of Doña Ana County. His background is extensive. Member of SME, CSPE and a fellow of IAE. He worked on the board of directors for the IAE, LACES, SME, CLCPE reviewing bills before legislation in California. He is recognized in the honor hall of NSPE. He is a past President of SFVEC and also served as President of the IAC at Cal Poly Pomona. He has taught semesters of the Certified Manufacturing Engineering Program at UCLA and UCSB.

Mr. Terry has done a study of the Vista Rancho Annexation and has used it as a model for how proper flood control should be implemented by developers. His exhaustive analysis has been prepared in power point and hard copy for the county commissioners and the city councilors.

The meeting at the county building on November 14th resulted in the following
key areas being studied and prepared for presentation to the County Commission
on December 12, 2006.

1. Funding
2. Maintenance
3. Hillside development
4. Arroyos (maintenance and preservation
5. Erosion
6. Major drainage facilities (operation & maintenance/arterial recharge)
channels & dams
7. Enforcement of ordinances
8. Creation of a Regional Authority
9. Ordinances
10. Water drainage plan
11. Response
12. Health (vector control, etc)

We will keep you informed about this subject of importance to your Association.

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