How wet was this winter and how did it affect the water supply here in the Phoenix valley? The answer is… historically wet! The Salt River Project (SRP) supplies electricity for the East Valley through a series of dams on the Salt River system. I am sharing some slides from their spring Board of Directors presentation. Monsoon season (June through September) usually produces the majority of the annual rainfall in Arizona. So, the rest of the year, October through May (known as the Water Year) is of most interest to SRP because the dam reservoirs need to be adequately full to produce enough power for the valley. These reservoirs are filled by moisture (snowfall and rain) in the mountains well east of Phoenix. These first two slides show just how wet this water year was.
This slide shows the stream flow forecast for 2023 and how it compares to last year, as well as the median streamflow over the past 30 years (380% of the median).
The following slide shows the current capacity status of the SRP reservoir system. Next, compare that with the current reservoir status of the Colorado River basin system.
The Colorado River basin snowpack is significantly above average (163%) for 2023, which is good for the system, but they will need multiple years of above average snowpack and precipitation to have a significant effect on the Lake Powell and Lake Mead Reservoir levels.
Fortunately, AZ only gets about 36% of its water from Lake Mead and uses only a small portion of that, stockpiling the rest in underground aquifers (a practice started in 1996). The same is happening with a lot of the current run-off from the Salt River.
Wet winters may mess up a few days of golf here in the valley, but it is the year-round moisture in those mountains to our east that feeds our power and water systems.
The Kolb Team
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REIT – Real Estate Investment Trust
A real estate investment trust (“REIT”) is a company that owns, operates, or finances income-producing real estate. REITs provide an investment opportunity, like a mutual fund.
This makes it possible for everyday Americans – not just Wall Street, banks, and hedge funds – to benefit from valuable real estate, presents the opportunity to access dividend-based income and total returns, and helps communities grow, thrive, and revitalize.
REITs allow anyone to invest in portfolios of real estate assets the same way they invest in other industries – through the purchase of individual company stock or through a mutual fund or exchange traded fund (ETF). The stockholders of a REIT earn a share of the income produced without actually having to shop for, buy, manage, or finance property. Approximately 150 million Americans live in households invested in REITs through their 401(k), IRAs, pension plans, and other investment funds.
Pet of the Month
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Congratulations Stella for being our May Pet of the Month! Tell your mom to watch her inbox for your Chewy gift card.
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Meatballs & Tomato Soup Sauce
- 1½ lb ground beef
- 1 c minute rice
- 1 small onion, minced
- ½ c cracker crumbs
- 1 egg
- ½ tsp salt
- pepper to taste
Tomato Soup Sauce Ingredients:
- 1 can tomato soup
- ½ can water
- ¼ c ketchup
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Mix the meatball ingredients until combined (but don’t overmix) and form in to 2½ inch balls.
- Place meatballs in baking dish.
- Stir or whisk tomato soup sauce ingredients together and pour over meatballs.
- Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, then turn baking dish for even cooking, and continue baking for another 30 minutes.
Kitt Peak Brings the Cosmos to You!
Last month we shared some fun facts about our beloved Arizona. This month we introduce you to Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO), home of the largest solar telescope on the planet.
According to the organization’s website:
“Three of the nearly two dozen active telescopes on Kitt Peak are dedicated solely to public viewing in our world-renowned nightly stargazing programs.
The mission of the visitor center is to inspire a sense of wonder and awe about the Universe through exhibits, daytime tours, and nighttime public programs. Our goal is to inform and educate the public daily about basic astronomy, its current research themes, and the nature of the scientific process.”
Located in Sells, about 55 miles southwest of Tucson on the Tohono O’odham Nation, the observatory was founded in 1958. In addition to having the world’s biggest solar telescope, it also houses an impressive collection of optical and radio telescopes – one of the largest assortments on Earth. Unfortunately, the June 2022 Contreras Fire caused extensive damage to AZ State Route 386, and Kitt Peak is currently closed… however, we are hopeful that by the fall, it will be open again, and you can plan to visit now. Just check out some of these photos from KPNO’s website – This is definitely a bucket list must-visit experience!
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- Buyers looking for a 2BR 2BA + den in one of the gated communities.
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