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2014: A Year in Review

By Pam Pickard, CAP Board President


It has been a year of accomplishment in the face of many challenges. All the while, we never lost our focus on our most important task – reliably delivering Colorado River water to the municipalities, industries, agricultural entities and Native American nations that depend on CAP every day.


Pam-Pickard-6-19Following are some of our major 2014 milestones:

- After nearly five years, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a final BART rule governing certain emissions from the Navajo Generating Station (NGS). Fortunately for CAP and others who rely on the power plant, the EPA formally recognized the unique relationship between NGS and Arizona's largest renewable water supply and the statewide economy it supports. The final rule provides a reasonable path for the continuing existence of CAP's primary source of electric power for decades to come.

- The future of the Colorado River has been a primary focus for many years. With a shortage almost certain in the next few years, and the imbalance between water flowing into Lake Mead and water flowing out of the reservoir, CAP has been a leader in collaborating regionally and with the federal government. Together, we have developed programs, projects and policy initiatives intended to increase supplies in the river, decrease local and regional use of river water and otherwise positively impact the health of the river system.

- Communication is always a priority at CAP. This year, we worked hard to further our relationships with our customers, stakeholders and the more than five million people who live within our service area. 

We are proud of our 2014 accomplishments and look forward to a positive 2015 during which we work together to address the issues caused by drought and impending shortage. Together, we can and will make a difference.


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Collaborative Innovative Water Management Benefits Arizonans


The Arizona Department of Water Resources and Central Arizona Project are executing a Memorandum of Understanding with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, California, Nevada and municipal water agencies as a first step to protect Colorado River water supplies in the face of continuing drought conditions. The document should be signed at this week’s Colorado River Water Users Association conference.


Preview of the CRWUA conference – Challenged but Unbroken: Sustaining the Colorado River


Next week, Central Arizona Project representatives will be representing Arizona at the Colorado River Water Users Association (CRWUA) conference, the largest conference in the U.S. focused on Colorado River Issues. David Modeer, CAP General Manager is the CRWUA president for 2014-15.  The CRWUA is made up of nearly 1,000 members from throughout the Upper (Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming) and Lower (Arizona, California and Nevada) Basins and serves as an annual forum for openly discussing important issues on the river.


CAP: Thankful for Arizona’s "Water Buffalos"


Just what is a water buffalo? In Arizona, they are those iconic figures who had the foresight to plan ahead to meet the water needs of a growing desert community. Without them, we might not have the Central Arizona Project and the state’s water situation might be bleak. 


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