2/28/2017

CAP will soon begin construction of Phase 5 of the Communication Cable Replacement Project. This final phase includes installing fiber optic cable along CAP’s Black Mountain and Tucson Reach 6 pipelines and transects both private and tribal lands along a 15-mile corridor.

CAP will soon begin construction of Phase 5 of the Communication Cable Replacement Project. This final phase includes installing fiber optic cable along CAP’s Black Mountain and Tucson Reach 6 pipelines and transects both private and tribal lands along a 15-mile corridor.

On February 1, CAP traveled to the Pascua Yaqui Indian reservation to host the last of three community outreach meetings for the project and to share the results of a Pre-Construction Vegetation Survey. The survey was conducted at the request of the Tohono O’odham Nation in conjunction with the Nation’s Community Ecologist Holly Barton, who reviewed the methodology prior to the survey.

CAP Surveyor

The purpose of the survey was to identify protected native plants that could potentially be damaged during construction activities. In December 2016 and January 2017, CAP Senior Biologist and GIS Coordinator Scott Bryan, collected data on 4,623 native plants.

The survey results were shared with tribal representatives and they agreed the contractor hired by CAP to do this work will try to “protect in place” the plants deemed “highly safeguarded” by the Arizona Department of Agriculture. CAP will continue to work with tribal communities if they choose to salvage any of the identified species to coordinate removal efforts prior to construction.

Upon its completion, Communication Cable Phase V, will replace dated communication cables with a fiber optic conduit bank designed to enhance the efficiency of CAP’s water deliveries and the reliability of the system.