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Arizona: Preparing for Colorado River Shortage

4/16/2015

 

The Colorado River system has experienced ex­tensive drought conditions for nearly 15 years, resulting in Lake Mead dropping to historically low reservoir levels. In addition, uses in the Lower Basin states exceed normal supply, driving lake elevation even lower. This is important because the water levels in Lake Mead and Lake Powell de­termine how much Colorado River water Arizona, along with other water users in the Lower Colora­do River Basin (Arizona, California, Nevada and Mexico) receives on an annual basis. The Colo­rado River supplies nearly 40 percent of Arizona’s total water use.

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Thanks to Arizona’s innovative water manage­ment programs and collaborative long-term plan­ning, the state has enjoyed reliable water supplies and is prepared to handle the effects of the cur­rent drought and impending potential Colorado River shortage which may occur as early as 2016, although more likely in 2017.

5 Things You Should Know about Arizona’s Preparedness for Shortage:

  1. A near-term Colorado River water shortage does not mean that Arizona is in a water crisis.
  2. A near-term shortage will not impact water supplies for Arizona’s cities, towns, industries, mines or tribes using CAP water, but potentially will increase costs.
  3. A near-term shortage will impact water sup­plies available to central Arizona farmers and the supply available for storage by the Arizona Water Banking Authority and for replenishment.
  4. Arizona’s innovative water management pro­grams and collaborative long-term planning has allowed for water providers and private entities to store additional water supplies un­derground, thus reducing the state’s vulnera­bility to near-term shortage.
  5. Arizona has set precedent with rigorous water conservation and sustainability laws that pro­tect Arizona water users.


In August, the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) will determine whether a Colorado River shortage will occur in 2016 or more likely in 2017. This will provide more certainty about future operations and shortages. CAP will continue to work with its customers to conserve water, protect elevations in Lake Mead and reduce risks to CAP customers.

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Multi-Species Conservation Program Celebrates 10 Years of Environmental Success

4/9/2015

 

As the words “drought” and “shortage” are in the media almost daily, the issue is coming to the forefront of nearly everyone’s mind.  While the average citizen may not have been thinking about these important water issues on a daily basis, Central Arizona Project and its partners have been – since CAP began delivering water 30 year ago.  The following are highlights of innovations, partnerships and collaborations which have helped to position Arizona for the future:

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CAP General Manager David Modeer Announces Retirement

4/2/2015

David V. Modeer, General Manager, Central Arizona Project (CAP), has announced his retirement effective April 30.

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CAP’s 30 Years of Innovative Water Planning Have Helped Prepare Arizona for Shortage

3/26/2015

 

As the words “drought” and “shortage” are in the media almost daily, the issue is coming to the forefront of nearly everyone’s mind.  While the average citizen may not have been thinking about these important water issues on a daily basis, Central Arizona Project and its partners have been – since CAP began delivering water 30 year ago.  The following are highlights of innovations, partnerships and collaborations which have helped to position Arizona for the future:

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