water management

Nov 4, 2021

AZ relationship with water changed forever

Arizona promotes itself as a world leader in water management. Yet rural wells and rivers are drying up since sustainable water management plans are hindered by laws no longer appropriate for these times. Our relationship with desert water has changed, and our water laws must change too. 

Nov 4, 2021

Agribusiness focuses on drought, not climate change

The Colorado River water shortages should not define Arizona agriculture as much as they should trigger changes toward a more resilient food system that we have needed all along. Let’s now jumpstart them in a bold manner. 

Jan 12, 2020

Groundwater regulation new conflict in water management

Farmers and Gov. Doug Ducey say they are willing to change their stance against government oversight and regulation to protect the state’s dwindling water supply – and they’re willing to let the largest water users write the rules.

Apr 1, 2016

Ducey faces water policy dilemma in Cochise County case

The fate of new development in Cochise County cities could depend on how Gov. Doug Ducey feels about creating exceptions to existing water supply laws.

Sep 15, 2015

CAP, partners and a wet spring stave off river shortage

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation recently released a report confirming that the U.S. Secretary of the Interior will not declare an anticipated shortage of water on the Colorado River in January, 2016.

Jun 25, 2015

Governors of 10 Western states meeting to discuss drought

The governors of 10 Western states began a three-day meeting Wednesday in Lake Tahoe to tackle drought and other problems that don't respect state boundaries.

May 28, 2015

Immediate action needed to avert water crisis

Recent newspaper articles have been replete with accounts concerning the devastating water shortage impacting Arizona and other southwestern states. Due to severe drought conditions Lake Mead, the country’s largest water reservoir, is only 38 percent full and the water level at Lake Powell has dropped to 45 percent.

May 20, 2015

Feds providing $50M for Western water-saving projects

The U.S. government will invest nearly $50 million in water conservation and reuse projects in 12 drought-stricken Western states, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced Wednesday.

Apr 9, 2015

When discussing Arizona’s economic future, add water

If you want to glimpse the future of a city or state, all you need to do is look at how it’s managing its water supply.

Oct 21, 2014

Phoenix officials launch effort against drought

Phoenix officials are launching a new initiative to protect the city's water supplies against drought.

Jun 2, 2014

Demands on Central Arizona Project rise rapidly as it approaches capacity

The Central Arizona Project was responsible for nearly 25 percent of Arizona’s total gross state product between 1986 and 2010 and supplied more than a million jobs annually in 2010, according to a study by the L. William Seidman Research Institute at Arizona State University.

Jan 28, 2014

Securing Arizona’s future prosperity — A strategic vision for water supply sustainability

Arizona has a long history of addressing our water supply challenges. Before statehood, farmers and ranchers in Phoenix’s Salt River Valley put their own lands up as collateral to finance the construction of Roosevelt Dam, providing a more reliable water supply and reducing the impacts of flooding and drought as well as setting the stage for prosperity unimaginable in those early days.