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About the Guide


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
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Holbrook Community Forum on Potash Mining
initiated 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.

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.




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