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During the past few months, Central Arizona Project has received national honors for two of its programs. These awards recognize CAP’s endeavors to be thorough and transparent in its financial and operational communications to customers, stakeholders, the general public and other interested parties.


With drought in the news on a near-daily basis, many Arizonans are looking for ways to do their part with regard to water conservation. One way is to convert landscaping from lush, green lawns to low-water use plants. But that doesn’t mean you’re limited to rocks and cactus. You can still have plenty of green and lots of color – even a “lush look” – by selecting plants that are drought-hardy, tolerant of both heat and cold and adapted to desert soil conditions.


For more than a decade, a severe drought — one of the worst in the last 1,200 years — has gripped the Colorado River, causing the world’s most extensive storage reservoir system to come closer and closer to critically low water levels. The region moved a step closer to addressing the long-term effects of this imbalance last week when municipal water providers in Arizona, California, Nevada and Colorado signed a landmark water conservation agreement with the federal government. The agreement -- the Colorado River System Conservation Program -- was developed in support of the Colorado River basin states’ drought contingency planning.


Central Arizona Project received good news this week when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued its final regional haze rule under the Clean Air Act. This Best Available Retrofit Technology (BART) ruling provided an emission reduction plan for the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) that incorporates major elements of a proposal made by the Technical Work Group (TWG). The TWG consists of representatives from the Central Arizona Water Conservation District (which operates CAP), Environmental Defense Fund, Gila River Indian Community, Navajo Nation, Salt River Project (on behalf of itself and the other NGS owners), the U.S. Department of the Interior and Western Resource Advocates. While the rule is lengthy and will require a detailed review, TWG members have expressed appreciation that the EPA’s final rule reflects the group’s “better-than-BART” recommendations.

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