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  • Writer's pictureMark L. Johnson

TA Tidbits #32-2021 Wrap Up

Night Watch

Great Horned Owl keeps watch over the Tortolita Preserve!


Tortolita Preserve-Trail Counter Update

The Marana Parks & Recreation Department indicates that the trail counter pricing has been received and a purchase order should be issued by the end of the year. TA's $500 contribution towards the trail counter will be paying great dividends soon with hiker and biker counts in the Tortolita Preserve (TP) and other Marana trails.


Tortolita Preserve-Natural Resource Survey (Bioblitz)

TA is submitting goals and suggestions to the Marana Park & Recreation District for the proposed TP Natural Resource Survey (BioBlitz). Click on the button below to see the proposed submission. Let us know if you have any suggestions. Use the Contact Us button on the Homepage.

Tortolita Preserve-Natural Resource Survey-BioBlitz-TA Goals & Suggestions-12-17-21
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Water Rate Litigation

Pima County has filed a lawsuit against Tucson Water claiming the recently adopted higher water rates for Tucson Water customers outside Tucson City limits are "illegal and discriminatory". Click on the button below to read/download the latest Tucson Daily Star article regarding this litigation.

Tucson Daily Star-Pima County says differential water rates 'absurd,' files lawsuit agains
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Please note the newly adopted Tucson Water rates for customers outside Tucson City Limits do not currently impact Tucson Water customers in Marana but we must be vigilant to ensure this does not change.

TA provided public comment on 6/25/21 opposing this water rate increase. See TA Tidbits #22.

TA has a meeting with Pima County officials in early January to review the Tucson Water rate situation and other water matters.


Early Morning Aircraft Noise

On 12/15/21, TA received a response from the FAA (Phoenix) to our complaint regarding early morning aircraft noise in the Dove Mountain area. The aircraft in question were not civilian but military. We know from prior conversations with Marana officials that these flights were for night military parachute training. The FAA indicated there is nothing they can do and pushed it off to contact the military. Click on the button below to see/download the FAA Complaint & Response.

Aircraft Noise-FAA Response-12-15-21
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Marana was provided a copy of the FAA Complaint & Response and Heath Viscovi-Chiordi (Assistant to Town Manager) provided the following reply:


This will be the last TA publication for 2021. It's been a busy year and 2022 will be just as busy and exciting.

Have a Safe & Happy Holiday!


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