Arizona Department of Water Resources

Sep 22, 2023

Process starts for new era managing Colorado River

Stakeholders sharing the Colorado River have started sending their water policy wish lists to the Bureau of Reclamation as they negotiate new river use guidelines. 

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Sep 15, 2023

State considers using effluent water credits

The Arizona Water Banking Authority is exploring the possibility of buying purified wastewater to distribute later – which would be unprecedented. 

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Jul 11, 2023

Meet the Colorado River’s newest – and youngest – power player

JB Hamby is a water policy bigwig, who helps shape policies that define how water is used by arguably the most influential water users along the Colorado River. He serves on the board of directors for the Imperial Irrigation District and was recently appointed to be California’s top water negotiator. And he’s only 27 years old.

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Jun 23, 2023

Arizona’s water future depends on new supplies 

None of us has a crystal ball, but we can be certain that our water future will require a variety of adaptive changes.   

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Jun 15, 2023

As the legislature adjourns again, much has been accomplished

The 2023 legislative session has recessed and is expected to come back again July 31. Much has been accomplished focused on keeping the Arizona economy moving forward with investments.

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Jun 14, 2023

Legislature passes Rio Verde solution, Hobbs voices support

The Legislature passed a bipartisan bill with an emergency clause on Tuesday that would get water back to Rio Verde, and which Gov. Katie Hobbs said she plans to sign into law.

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Jun 12, 2023

One Rio Verde plan dies, another advances 

House members approved a new measure to get water to the Rio Verde community Monday that Rep. Alexander Kolodin, R-Scottsdale, is offering as an alternative to appease Senate President Warren Petersen, R-Gilbert, and the Senate killed an alternative plan. 

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Jun 2, 2023

Arizona pauses home development in some parts of Phoenix area 

Arizona will tap the brakes on new development in some parts of Greater Phoenix, Gov. Katie Hobbs announced on Thursday. 

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May 19, 2023

ADWR completes Kingman area ‘basin sweep’

A team of Arizona Department of Water Resources field researchers recently completed a two-month-long “basin sweep” in the northwestern part of the state, intensively evaluating the underground water levels in the Northwest Basins Planning Area that surrounds the city of Kingman.  

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May 19, 2023

Secure rural Arizonans’ water future now 

To the members of the Arizona Legislature and the governor – we ask for your leadership on water for the State of Arizona, for all our communities.

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Apr 26, 2023

Fondomonte well rejection will have limited impact

The Arizona Department of Water Resources has revoked a pair of well-drilling permits it issued last year to a controversial Saudi-owned farming company that operates in western Arizona.

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Apr 21, 2023

Feds apply pressure for water deal

The federal government is prodding Colorado River basin states, particularly Arizona and California, to come to a deal for shared cuts in water use.