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CAP presents at Business of Water Corporate Leaders Summit
For the first time, more than 100 corporations, water agencies and business associations are sharing information and research related to the effects of drought and climate on the Colorado River Basin. The second annual Business of Water Corporate Leaders Summit on Water and the Economy is meeting in Las Vegas, Aug. 28 and 29, to discuss sustainable water management in an era where drought is a daily topic of conversation.
Board President Pam Pickard is representing Central Arizona Project at the event. She is focusing CAP’s preparations for drought/shortage, including thoughtful conservation measures, augmentation and the Colorado River basin’s shared responsibility to provide reliable water supplies to residents, businesses and tribes served by the river. In addition, she will be sharing the results of a recent study completed by the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, which showed that from 1986 through 2010, CAP has generated in excess of $1 trillion to Arizona’s gross state product (GSP).
Pickard is joined by an impressive list of speakers including U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Assistant Secretary of the Interior Anne Castle. As well as Donald Colvin, chief financial officer, Caesars Entertainment and Bruce Karas, vice president for environment and sustainability, North America Coca Cola.
The purpose of the summit is to focus on the economic and community benefits of sustainable water supplies and watersheds and for participants to share innovations, best practices and challenges to meeting the growing demands of industry, municipalities, agriculture and recreation.
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Meeting the challenges of structural deficits, population growth and climate change
Central Arizona Project is Arizona’s largest source of renewable water supplies—providing 500 billion gallons of water each year to residents, businesses and farms in central and southern Arizona. CAP’s impact goes beyond quenching thirst—it’s also an economic engine for the state, generating $100 billion in benefit each year.
Conserve Water While Maintaining Beautiful Landscape
With drought in the news on a near-daily basis, many Arizonans are looking for ways to do their part with regard to water conservation. One way is to convert landscaping from lush, green lawns to low-water use plants. But that doesn’t mean you’re limited to rocks and cactus. You can still have plenty of green and lots of color – even a “lush look” – by selecting plants that are drought-hardy, tolerant of both heat and cold and adapted to desert soil conditions.
Colorado River System Conservation Program to Address Drought
For more than a decade, a severe drought — one of the worst in the last 1,200 years — has gripped the Colorado River, causing the world’s most extensive storage reservoir system to come closer and closer to critically low water levels. The region moved a step closer to addressing the long-term effects of this imbalance last week when municipal water providers in Arizona, California, Nevada and Colorado signed a landmark water conservation agreement with the federal government. The agreement -- the Colorado River System Conservation Program -- was developed in support of the Colorado River basin states’ drought contingency planning.