The Rio Salado Project is a partnership between the eight primary Valley community stakeholders along the river corridor – Buckeye, Goodyear, Gila River Indian Community, Avondale, Phoenix, Tempe, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, and Mesa. Elected leadership of these communities signed a ‘Statement of Intent’ document at the Project Launch event on March 30, 2018 that expresses their intent “to establish and form a working group to fuel the project and aide in the overall planning, review and approval process for the project.” A comprehensive public forum process is envisioned to include valuable public input from all stakeholders of our community.
A Project Working Group was formed in 2017 with representation from municipalities, tribes, SRP, State and Federal agencies and has been meeting regularly to collaborate on early planning initiatives. Presentations and ‘best practices’ discussion with leadership of precedent projects (Trinity River Authority, San Antonio River Authority, Los Angeles River, etc.) were scheduled for Working Group education. Earlier this year, three “Zone” subcommittees focused on geographic focus areas (West / Central / East) were formed to provide more intensive planning structure through monthly meetings.