What factors are likely to have the greatest influence in shaping Arizona’s future use of water?
How well has Arizona managed the use of water?
How do innovation and technology impact water use in Arizona?
These are just a few of the questions posed during this week’s 107th Arizona Town Hall. CAP board and staff members participated in the Town Hall, which had a theme that was was certainly relevant –Keeping Arizona’s Water Glass Full. Town Hall participants engaged in panel discussions regarding ways to ensure Arizona’s future water needs are met. The discussion focused on the ways in which water resources relate to other aspects of the economy and society and will seek to determine solutions and action steps.
Speakers included former U.S. Senator Jon Kyl; Jeff Kightlinger, general manager and chief executive officer, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California; and Robert Johnson, executive director, National Water Resources Association.
At the conference, the Town Hall’s video winners were announced. The contest was open to budding, amateur film makers who made brief videos describing why water is important and what they are doing in recognition of its importance.
Blue Cross Blue Shield and the Agnese Nelms Haury Trust contributed to scholarships that allowed small business owners and members of Arizona’s native nations to participate. Central Arizona Project contributed in-kind expertise to the background report, which was prepared by Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and University of Arizona.