By Donna Duncan and Monika Eckmann
Black Forest residents, are you concerned that the massive amount of development coming to Black Forest might adversely affect our groundwater supply? A recent water decree allows the Cherokee Metropolitan District to pump a total of 3,708 acre-feet of water per year; 1,246 acre-feet of that yearly total can come from the Dawson aquifer. One acre-foot is the volume of water equivalent to covering one acre of land to a depth of one foot; this equals 43,560 cubic feet or 325,851 gallons. There are approximately 13,116 Black Forest residents who use 0.5 acre-feet per year, per household. Consequently, Cherokee can pump 50% additional water than is used by the entire Black Forest community in a year.