Press Release: Statement on the Bureau of Reclamation’s April 24-Month Study

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     CONTACT: Doug MacEachern or Shauna Evans
April 16, 2020                                          PHONE:  602.771. 8507 or 602.771.8079

Statement on the Bureau of Reclamation’s April 24-Month Study

PHOENIX – The United States Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) has released its April 24 Month Study, which projects Colorado River operations for the next two years. The study projects the operating conditions of the Colorado River system, as well as runoff and reservoir conditions. The Upper Basin experienced around average snowpack (107%) this year, and the April-July inflow into Lake Powell is expected to be 78% of average. The below-average projection is due to extremely dry conditions in the basin during October and November of 2019. Consistent with the 2007 Interim Guidelines, Lake Powell will operate under an annual release of 8.23 million acre feet in water year 2020.

The April 24 Month Study projects Lake Mead’s January 1, 2021 elevation to be 1084.69 feet, putting Lake Mead in a Tier Zero condition for 2021. The Study also projects a Tier Zero condition for Lake Mead in 2022 with the projected January 1, 2022 elevation of 1084.39 feet. Tier Zero conditions require a 192,000 acre-foot reduction in Arizona’s 2.8 million acre-foot allocation. The Lower Colorado River Basin is in Tier Zero for 2020. The April 24 month study projects that the Lower Colorado River Basin will remain in the Tier Zero condition in 2021.

These reductions will fall entirely on Central Arizona Project (CAP) supplies, impacting CAP supplies for water banking, replenishment and agricultural users. The Tier Zero reductions will not impact tribal or municipal CAP water users.

While the Tier Zero reductions are significant, they are part of broader efforts being implemented to reduce the near-term risks of deeper reductions to Arizona’s Colorado River supplies. In addition to the Tier Zero reductions to CAP supplies, other programs to conserve and store water are being implemented in Arizona. These include programs with the Colorado River Indian Tribes, Gila River Indian Community, Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, Metro Water District, Mohave Valley Irrigation and Drainage District, the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR), Central Arizona Water Conservation District (CAWCD), as well as Reclamation.

The April 24 Month Study shows that in the near term, the programs being implemented in Arizona and across the Colorado River system, along with favorable hydrology, have helped avoid a near-term crisis in the Colorado River system. However, we continue to face significant near-term and long-term risks to Arizona’s Colorado River supplies. We have much more work to do to address our shared risks. ADWR and CAWCD intend to jointly convene Arizona water stakeholders to address these risks and to prepare for new negotiations regarding the long-term operating rules on the Colorado River later this year.

See also:

Bureau of Reclamation April 24-Month Study

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: Appreciation Week Recognizes Essential Services of Arizona Water Professionals

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     CONTACT: Doug MacEachern or Shauna Evans
April 9, 2020                                                 PHONE:  602.771. 8507 or 602.771.8079

Appreciation Week Recognizes Essential Services of Arizona Water Professionals

PHOENIX – Like so much else, the COVID-19 virus has caused the cancellation of scheduled Arizona Water Professionals Appreciation Week events this year.

That doesn’t mean we still can’t celebrate the essential services that the State’s water professionals provide.

Arizona lawmakers already have done so.

House Resolution 2003, passed by the Legislature in March, decreed April 12-18 as the week that Arizonans will honor the hard work of professionals in the water industry.

The resolution, sponsored by Rep. Rosanna Gabaldon (D-Sahuarita), was read on the floor of the House of Representatives on March 18.

In part, the resolution invited lawmakers to “extend sincere gratitude and appreciation to the water professionals who are on the front line of delivering Arizona’s safe and reliable water…”

The reading of the resolution can be found here: https://bit.ly/3c3LXTE.

Now in its second year in Arizona, this recognition program was started by professionals who work in Arizona’s water industry. It is intended to spotlight their role in promoting clean and sustainable water supplies while drawing attention to career opportunities in the water industry and increasing awareness of Arizona’s unique water resources.

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Thousands of professionals work in water-related fields in Arizona, and new employees are needed each year due to growth in the industry and to replace an aging workforce. The water industry offers a wide variety of rewarding career opportunities in engineering, hydrology, water operations, biology, policy, economics, business administration, law, and communications.

See also:

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For more information regarding this matter, please contact Juliet McKenna, organizer of Arizona Water Professionals Appreciation Week at jmckenna@elmontgomery.com.

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

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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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