On Monday May 21, I had the opportunity to tour the Inner Basin Pipeline reconstruction project with Mayor Elect Nabours, Congressman Gosar, Councilman White & others. In 2010 the pipeline was washed out as a result of flooding caused by the Schultz Fire. As a result Flagstaff has been without one of our best and lowest cost water supplies. During our peak summertime water use the pipeline delivers up to 2,000,000 gallons per day.
The $4,000,000 reconstruction project is expected to be completed by the fall of 2012. Some of the challenges include a very narrow road, working within a wilderness preserve and an abundance of burnt trees.
The devastation from the fire is indescribable and covers a vast area. Forest thinning should be a top priority for the region to help reduce the risk of future fires.