Draft Water Quality Guidance Document Released for Public Comment

CAWCD and the United States Bureau of Reclamation are pleased to announce the release of the draft document “Water Quality Guidance for the Introduction of Non-Project Water Into the Central Arizona Project.”  This guidance document includes extensive numeric standards as well as implementation details for parties proposing to use the CAP system to transport non-Colorado River water supplies.  The document helps fulfill Article 12.1 of the CAP System Use Agreement between Reclamation and CAWCD (here), which requires the establishment of “uniform water quality standards.”

Water Quality Guidance Process

A briefing on the draft Guidance Document was held on April 23, 2020.  Video and material from the briefing is posted here.  In addition, the following comments were submitted during the public comment period, which closed on June 25th.

NEW: Revised Draft Water Quality Guidance Document (10/26/20)

Based on stakeholder comments and additional technical work, CAP and Reclamation have revised the draft Water Quality Guidance Document.  A clean and redline version of the revised document (dated October 26, 2020) are posted below.  A stakeholder briefing to review the revisions was held on November 23, 2020.  The agenda and presentation from that briefing are posted here. A 90-day comment period, ending on January 24, 2020, has also been initiated.  Comments should be sent to WQGuidanceDoc@cap-az.com

Public Comment
System Use Agreement