About the Guide
the Holbrook Basin Horizons project and developed
the Guide to Potash. The goal of the project is to be a catalyst for local engagement by supporting
education and outreach, and by serving as an intermediary support organization (ISO), facilitating
development of a network of organizations interested in different aspects of planning. Utilizing the
RC&D Council and its extensive connections, the RC&D Board has authorized Project Coordination,
enabling the RC&D to serve as a liaison to state and federal authorities, as well as local stakeholders
and project proponents.
The potential for potash mining brings the possibility of jobs and economic development, as well as
challenges for preserving the water supply and other natural resources. The Guide to Potash provides
context for community engagement, for the purpose of achieving more effective processes and more
satisfactory results. The intention is to provide a foundation for productive, non-adversarial
decision-making. The Guide stops short of defining specific organizational processes or models for
convening. Those decisions are up to stakeholders to make.
To begin building a network of stakeholders and to build capacity to give the community a voice in
decision-making, the Little Colorado RC&D
Holbrook Community Forum on Potash Mining
Holbrook Basin Horizons was kicked off at the beginning of February at the RC&Dís 5th Annual Winter
Watershed Conference. The conference featured presentations on potash by representatives of government
agencies, technical experts and project proponents; review of an early version of the Guide to Potash
website; and a discussion about community engagement issues.