By Pamela Pickard, President, Board of Directors, Central Arizona Project


On June 17, the New York Times published a story under the headline "Arizona Cities Could Face Cutbacks in Water From Colorado River, Officials Say." The Times' story stated that deliveries of Central Arizona Project water to cities such as Phoenix and Tucson could be reduced as early as 2019 and that Arizona was just now considering the prospects of such a shortage. Neither statement is accurate. Here are the facts.

By Pamela Pickard, CAP Board President


If the current 15-year drought on the Colorado River continues for another decade, it will rival the "mega-droughts" that appear in tree-ring records. There are two ways that this could play out for Arizona and the Colorado River Basin.


When it comes to budgets, planning is key. Central Arizona Project just finalized its water rates for 2015-2020. The budget process helps CAP to manage water rates, keeping them as low as possible. CAP uses a two-year budget planning cycle. The biennial budget is completed on the odd years and water rates are figured on the even years. Since this is 2014, it’s a water rate year. In order to minimize surprises, each process provides for “mid-cycle” updates to course correct as necessary.


Modeling soil moisture and plant stress in desert urban areas. . .incentives for using effluent. . . these are two of the research projects that have been funded by Central Arizona Project’s Award for Water Research. CAP offers two annual awards for outstanding water research conducted by an undergraduate or graduate student at an Arizona college or university—$1,000 to the first place winner and $500 to the second place winner. The deadline has been extended to Aug. 1 for those who would like to apply.

By CAP Board President Pamela Pickard


Central Arizona Project (CAP) is the primary steward of central and southern Arizona's Colorado River water resources.  By delivering almost 500 billion gallons of Colorado River water every year, CAP has dramatically and positively changed the economic and environmental landscape of our state. Clearly, CAP has a critical role in supporting the health and sustainability of the Colorado River and the State of Arizona.

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