14 days ago, a major monsoon storm hit the Estrella community. Three of SRP's largest structures collapsed in Estrella with winds in excess of 100 miles per hour. The damaging storm made local and national headlines.
Today, the City of Goodyear is still working to pick up bulk trash related to the storm... a taxpayer service.
My main concern is the hundreds of trees lost in the storm. Hundreds.
Yes, trees have a purpose in master-planned communities like Estrella. Beauty. Shade. Design.
But, replacing all of these trees wouldn't just be expensive... it's not exactly smart.
In May, the Water Conservation Committee presented its recommendations to the Goodyear City Council after two years of intense education and problem solving. One of the recommendations was the establishment of a city-wide tree plan.
Current landscaping throughout the All-America City is not necessarily designed for the passive collection and use of rainwater. Additionally, some trees are huge consumers of water.
With the loss of all of the trees, is now the ideal time for Goodyear to collaborate with HOA's to discuss more conservative ways to develop communities with water conservation in mind? Can the city lower water consumption of landscape design by 15 or even 25%?
AUGUST 2-3, 2018 STORM DAMAGE GALLERY
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jennifer Barber is a Goodyear resident resident of almost 20 years and a retired broadcast news journalist. Involved in various nonprofit and city organizations since 2008, Barber has a unique view of what's happening in the West Valley of Arizona.