Virtual public meeting on Vekol, Smith washes planned Thursday

Hidden Valley has been vulnerable to Vekol Wash flooding, with 2018 being a dramatic example. Photo by Bruce McLaughlin

Pinal County and Natural Resources Conservation Service will study Vekol Wash and Smith Wash watershed plans to develop potential alternatives to mitigate flood hazards.

The washes impact Hidden Valley, Maricopa and Stanfield areas. Both washes have been the center of major floods in the past.

As part of the study, Pinal County is seeking public comment on the watershed plans.

A virtual meeting is planned for Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m., and can be accessed using one of two ways: Online:, or by phone: 1-669-900-6833 (Meeting ID: 896 5417 4437).

The meeting will provide information about flooding issues and other natural resource concerns in the study area. The project team will be available to answer questions live during the meeting.

The county is asking that comments be submitted by Sept. 19.

The meeting will be recorded and made available on the Pinal County Flood Control District website.

For information regarding the meeting, to submit comments, or to request accommodations, please contact the Pinal County Flood Control District:

Chris Wanamaker, Assistant County Engineer
Pinal County Public Works Department, P.O. Box 727, Florence, AZ 85132