Some 380 bird species will be singing for joy as water returns to the Colorado River delta this week thanks to a pilot “pulse flow” into this area where water has not flowed regularly since completion of Lake Powell in 1964. This Environmental Pulse Flow will release 105,000 acre-feet (approximately 34 billion gallons) of water from Lake Mead and send it to the Colorado River delta in Mexico. This water represents about one-third of the water Mexico has stored in Lake Mead since 2010. 


The results of the 2012 Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study were striking—within the next 50 years, we may experience significant supply shortfalls in the Colorado River basin. Upon receiving the study results, Central Arizona Project (CAP) began to conduct a comprehensive assessment of what had already been done to address a potential shortfall. The results show that Arizona is well prepared—and that extends to the state’s agricultural community.


Children from Casa Grande to Florence will be participating in “Ag-Ventures” such as “Veggie Ventures” and “From Alfalfa to Ice Cream” thanks to a Central Arizona Project Community Investment Grant given to the Natural Resource Education Center (NREC).  The NREC’s mission is to nurture an awareness of natural and renewable resources and to teach farming, nutrition and water conservation techniques so these resources will be available to future generations.

By CAP President Pamela Pickard

Since 2000, the Colorado River basin has endured the worst drought in centuries, yet Colorado River water users in California, Nevada and Arizona have not had to reduce the volume of water they receive from the river. How has this been possible? Largely because our predecessors constructed a system of reservoirs (including Lake Mead and Lake Powell) that allow the Colorado River basin to store four times the amount of water it receives in a normal year.

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