Press Release: A Statement from Arizona’s Water Community on the Security and Resiliency of the State’s Water Supplies

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PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     CONTACT: Doug MacEachern or Shauna Evans
March 27, 2020                                             PHONE:  602.771. 8507 or 602.771.8079

A Statement from Arizona’s Water Community on the Security and Resiliency of the State’s Water Supplies

PHOENIX – Water is critical to public health, our quality of life, the desert environment and our economy. That is why we are all doing our part to ensure you always have water at your tap, even during times of concern.

We have planned and invested in robust and resilient water supplies, infrastructure and processes so that your local water provider can deliver you water every day of every year. Through our collaborative efforts, we can bring water from Arizona’s mountains and the Colorado River, and manage our groundwater.

We are each taking extra precautions by implementing resiliency plans that have been developed for times like these to better ensure essential operations continue without interruption and we can fully support local water providers – all of which could not be achieved without the dedicated efforts of all of our employees.

Together we remain committed to safeguarding our water supplies so they remain secure not just for today, but for the future.

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See also:

https://bit.ly/2vToKnH

Arizona Department of Water Resources’s “Continuing ADWR Operations While Slowing the Spread” webpage| View ADWR’s Page >

Arizona Department of Environmental Quality’s “Continuing ADEQ Operations While Slowing the Spread” webpage| View ADEQ’s Page >

Central Arizona Project’s “COVID-19 Updates” webpage | View CAP’s Page >

Salt River Project’s “Watershed Connection” website | View SRP’s Website >

Arizona Municipal Water Users Association “Cities Dedicated to Continued Delivery of Safe and Secure Water” webpage | View AMWUA’s Page >

Governor Ducey’s “Arizona Together” website | View Arizona Together Website >

For more information regarding this matter, please contact Doug MacEachern, Communications Administrator at dmaceachern@azwater.gov or Shauna Evans, Public Information Officer at smevans@azwater.gov.

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Press Release: ADWR creates new, informational “Continuing Operations” web page

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     CONTACT: Doug MacEachern or Shauna Evans
March 20, 2020                                             PHONE:  602.771. 8507 or 602.771.8507

ADWR creates new, informational “Continuing Operations” web page

PHOENIX – Like virtually all other government agencies, the Arizona Department of Water Resources has adjusted to the threats posed by the COVID-19 virus while, at the same time, conducting as many public services and core mission functions as
possible.

ADWR is prepared for eventualities such as this one. The Department is well-
positioned to conduct services remotely, with staff working outside the office in
many cases. In the meanwhile, ADWR’s vital mission work of protecting Arizona’s water supplies – while also minimizing exposure risk to staff and customers – remains our top priority.

As part of the Department’s continuing-operations effort, ADWR has created a
new web page – accessible at new.azwater.gov/covid-19 – that will provide updates regarding Department operations in the weeks to come.

The webpage will include up-to-date changes in ADWR operations, as well as links to informational COVID-19 websites, such as the Environmental Protection
Agency’s statement regarding the safety of drinking water.

See also:

https://bit.ly/3bcspMi

For more information regarding this matter, please contact Doug MacEachern, Communications Administrator at dmaceachern@azwater.gov or Shauna Evans, Public Information Officer at smevans@azwater.gov.

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Press Release: Arizona Department of Water Resources conducting “basin sweep” to collect water level measurements in the Tucson and Santa Cruz Active Management Areas & Cienega Creek and San Rafael Basins

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                   CONTACT: Shauna Evans

Jan. 30, 2020                                                                                          PHONE: 602.771.8079

 

Arizona Department of Water Resources conducting “basin sweep” to collect water level measurements in the Tucson and Santa Cruz Active Management Areas & Cienega Creek and San Rafael Basins

PHOENIX – Beginning the week of February 10, and continuing for several months, Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR) field services staff will be making an extensive effort to measure water levels in wells in the Tucson and Santa Cruz Active Management Areas (AMAs) & Cienega Creek and San Rafael Basins.

ADWR staff will attempt to measure water levels at hundreds of wells in these AMAs and basins.  This survey of wells – or basin “sweep,” as it is known — will be the first such basin survey of the area since 2016. The data collected will be used for several purposes, including:

  • Analysis of water-level trends
  • Groundwater modeling
  • Water-level change maps
  • Hydrologic reports
  • Water resource planning and management

The general area covered by this basin sweep is the southern portion of the state and extends from the U.S. – Mexico border to north of Tucson.

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For more information regarding this matter, please contact Public Information Officer Shauna Evans at smevans@azwater.gov or (602) 771-8079.

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ADWR Director Tom Buschatzke Comments on Secretary Bernhardt Initiating an Early Review of Current Colorado River Operational Rules in Recent U.S. Department of Interior Press Release

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“Collaborative efforts with the United States, the Basin States and their water users and Mexico have been key to the success of managing water supplies, creating resiliency against drought and a more sustainable Colorado River…” –  Tom Buschatzke, Director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources.

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Press Release: Arizona Department of Water Resources conducts “basin sweep” to collect water-level measurements in the Lower Gila and Gila Bend Basins

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                   CONTACT: Shauna Evans

Dec. 4, 2019                                                                                          PHONE: 602.771.8079

 

Arizona Department of Water Resources conducts “basin sweep” to collect water-level measurements in the Lower Gila and Gila Bend Basins

PHOENIX- Beginning the week of December 9, 2019 and continuing for several months, the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR) will be making an extensive effort to measure water levels in wells in the Lower Gila and Gila Bend Basins.  This sweep will cover a large portion of the state southwest of the Phoenix metropolitan area, generally south of I-10 and west of I-85, excluding the Yuma area and along the U.S. – Mexico border.

ADWR staff will attempt to measure water levels at hundreds of wells in the Lower Gila and Gila Bend Basins.  This survey of area wells – or basin “sweep,” as it is known — will be the first such basin survey of the area since 2008 in Gila Bend Basin and since 1992 in Lower Gila Basin. The data collected will be used for several purposes, including:

  • Analysis of water-level trends
  • Groundwater modeling
  • Water-level change maps
  • Hydrologic reports
  • Water resource planning and management

For more information regarding this matter, please contact Public Information Officer Shauna Evans at smevans@azwater.gov or (602) 771-8079.

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Press Release: Arizona Department of Water Resources Accepting Applications for the Groundwater Conservation Grant

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                   CONTACT: Shauna Evans

Dec. 2, 2019                                                                                          PHONE: 602.771.8079

 

Arizona Department of Water Resources Accepting Applications for the Groundwater Conservation Grant

PHOENIX- The Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR) is now accepting applications for the Water Management Assistance Program (WMAP) Groundwater Conservation Grant. This grant, in the sum of $2,000,000, was appropriated to the WMAP for the purpose of providing additional monies to support conservation of groundwater in Arizona’s five Active Management Areas (AMAs), pursuant to A.R.S. § 45-617 (C). Grants may be allocated to programs and projects that demonstrate the ability to conserve Arizona’s groundwater resources either directly or indirectly and are located within the five AMAs.

The deadline to submit applications is February 14, 2020, by 5 pm.

Application solicitation and the Grant Notice of Funding Opportunity may be found on the Arizona Office of Grants and Federal Resources website: https://grants.az.gov/funding-opportunities-0. Applications must be submitted through this website in order to be considered.

ADWR staff will host a grant application workshop on Tuesday, December 10th at 8:30–10:00 am at ADWR, 1110 W. Washington St., Room 3175, Phoenix, 85007. The workshop will be available via webinar as well as recorded and posted on the WMAP webpage at https://new.azwater.gov/ama/wmap, for those who are not able to attend the workshop.

For additional information, please contact Melissa Sikes, WMAP Coordinator, at (602) 771-8449 or msikes@azwater.gov.

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2019 Pinal Groundwater model released

The “2019 Pinal Model and 100-year Assured Water Supply Projection Technical Memorandum” — an analysis of the Pinal County area’s groundwater conditions, performed by the Arizona Department of Water Resources,  is now complete and available for viewing.

The model can be viewed here.

 

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ADWR director pens Pinal County oped urging local solutions for region’s water future

The Casa Grande Dispatch/Pinal Central today published a column by Arizona Department of Water Resources Director Tom Buschatzke extolling the values that decades ago made the state a  leader in groundwater management.

Those values, he observed,  including stakeholder involvement in decision-making and a commitment to consumer protection.

Those values will be on display in coming months as Pinal County address the challenges of future population and economic growth, he said.

“The legacy of the 1980 Groundwater Management Act is an enduring one. It proved that a spirit of cooperation among diverse interests can achieve far more than by acting alone.”

Director Buschatzke’s Dispatch/Pinal Central oped can be found here.

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How do we sustain the Colorado River past 2026? Here’s how Arizona intends to find out.

The Opinion piece below was initially published on AZCentral.com on Friday, Sept. 13, 2019.

By Tom Buschatzke, Director, Arizona Department of Water Resources, and Ted Cooke, General Manager, Central Arizona Project


It didn’t take long for the completion of the Drought Contingency Plan to create value to Arizona and the Colorado River Basin.

Its focus on stabilizing Lake Mead and creating incentives to “bank” water in the reservoir already are paying dividends.

We can say with confidence that DCP is already a success.

DCP is providing a safe harbor while we work on important issues leading up to 2026, when the existing guidelines for the operation of the Colorado River system expire.

We now have an opportunity to build on the successful Arizona process that led to the DCP signing. Arizona is Stronger Together. And that will serve us well as we work toward the next step – maintaining a stable, healthy Colorado River system as we face a hotter and drier future.

Lake Mead is 22 feet higher than expected

A year ago, many of us were immersed in the details of Arizona’s Drought Contingency Implementation Plan, which benefited from the cooperative spirit of its participants, including elected leaders and representatives from every sector of the state’s water-using community.

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In 2020 and likely 2021, we will be operating under DCP’s Tier Zero, a reduction of 192,000 acre-feet to Arizona. The estimated impact of contributing this water is more than $40 million, but the investment is worth it to protect the Colorado River system.

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DCP’s incentives allowed for greater storage in Lake Mead this year. That, coupled with a lot of snow from the Rocky Mountains and additional tributary flow, increased storage in Lake Mead by more than 22 feet from what was initially projected.

An excellent winter snowpack in the Rockies helped Lake Mead a lot. But here is the kicker: Almost half of that 22-foot rise in Lake Mead was due to storage and contributions to system conservation.

But DCP won’t hold us forever

The term used for the coming negotiations on the system’s new guidelines is “reconsultation” of the “Colorado River Interim Guidelines for Lower Basin Shortages and the Coordinated Operations for Lake Powell and Lake Mead.”

The emphasis is on “interim.” The 2007 Guidelines expire in 2026. So, when people ask “what’s next?” for Colorado River management, that’s it – the difficult challenge of assessing the effectiveness of the current Guidelines, with the DCP overlay, and exploring new approaches for the next iteration of the Guidelines.

As we learned on January 31 when the State Legislature passed, and Governor Doug Ducey signed Arizona’s DCP, we achieved success because we worked together. We intend to bring the steering committee process back to life, reviving that spirit of cooperation that so infused negotiations.

To that end, we are embarking on a listening and data-collecting effort. It is our plan to meet first with the elected leaders who contributed so much time and effort to the successful steering committee process. Then, we plan to sit down with other delegates, including those representing Arizona tribes, cities, agriculture, mining, development and the nonprofit community.

Our goal: To develop a shared vision

Our new goal? Gather our stakeholders’ thoughts and develop a shared vision as we plan for Arizona’s Colorado River water supply.

This will ensure Arizona is a strong voice among the Colorado River Basin states and the federal government as we hammer out the next set of agreements for management of the Colorado River Basin beyond 2026.

That is our “Next Step.” It’s a big one and we must be prepared. And we will be, because Arizona truly is Stronger Together.

 

NOTICE OF PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD FOR ARIZONA WATER PROTECTION FUND FISCAL YEAR 2020 GRANT APPLICATIONS

September 18, 2019

NOTICE OF PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD FOR ARIZONA WATER PROTECTION FUND FISCAL YEAR 2020 GRANT APPLICATIONS

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ARIZONA WATER PROTECTION FUND

ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES

Mailing Address

Arizona Department of Water Resources

Attn: Reuben Teran

P.O. Box 36020

Phoenix Arizona 85067

 

 

 

Email

rteran@azwater.gov

Fax

(602) 771-8687

Physical Address

1110 West Washington, Suite 310

Phoenix, Arizona 85007

 

Pursuant to Arizona Revised Statutes, Section 45-2113, notice is hereby given that the Arizona Water Protection Fund Commission has received grant applications for its fiscal year 2020 funding cycle. Grant applications are available for public review at the Arizona Water Protection Fund website www.azwpf.gov or at the Arizona Department of Water Resources physical address described above.  Written comments regarding grant applications may be submitted during the 45-day public comment period, which begins September 18, 2019 and ends November 1, 2019 at 5 pm.  Written public comments must be received no later than 5 p.m., on November 1, 2019. Written comments can be hand-delivered, or sent via email or fax. If mailed, written comments must be postmarked no later than November 1, 2019. Please include application numbers and titles with any comments.  For additional information, please contact Reuben Teran, Executive Director at (602) 771-8528.