QUESTION 1: Relative to location of dam
ANSWER: The detailed investigations to date for Orme Dam have been made at the original site located at the confluence of the Salt and Verde Rivers. This is the site reported on in the 1947 report on the Central Arizona Project and by the Corps of Engineers' Interim Survey Report of December 1957. The Bureau of Reclamation has made further detailed studies of this damsite after studies resumed in 1961. After the Salt River Tribe made known it desire to have the Granite Reef site considered, some reconnaissance studies of the damsite were performed and our preliminary findings are favorable. Additional field work will be required before a final site location can be selected, Details of this nature are usually worked out after a project is authorized and preconstruction funds are made available for detailed planning.
PART 1- Stabilization of reservoir levels
PART 2 - Flood control
PART 3 - Power enhancement
ANSWER, PART 1: Two of the primary purposes of this proposed reservoir are regulation of the erratic flows of Verde River and regulation of Granite Reef aqueduct flows in order to meet the seasonal demands of the service area. A reservoir must fluctuate to perform these services. Alternative aqueduct regulatory storage sites are available at other locations along its route, but the abandonment of these functions along with a more restrictive fluctuation on the Orme Reservoir could make this multipurpose structure infeasible. We are currently attempting to find some acceptable compromise which may involve sacrificing some of the water conservation or flood control benefits or an increase in project costs in an attempt to reduce the extent of both the vertical and horizontal fluctuations in the reservoir water surface. Additional study is required before recommendations can be made.
ANSWER, PART 2: The planning for Orme Reservoir has considered a multipurpose development with a substantial volume of storage