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.


As we settle into 2014, Central Arizona Project (CAP) takes an opportunity to reflect on the accomplishments of the past year, looking forward to what lies ahead in 2014. Today, CAP has released its 2013 Year in Review, which gives an easy-to-read, highly visual look at the past year. The review reflects upon all of the responsibilities of delivering secure and reliable water supplies to CAP customers—on time and on demand.


Central Arizona Project (CAP), as well as several U.S. partners including the Arizona Department of Water Resources, the Nature Conservancy, Environmental Defense Fund and other Colorado River basin states are being recognized by the Department of Interior (DOI) this week in Washington, D.C. DOI is recognizing the group with its Partners in Conservation Award in recognition of its cooperation and collaboration in completing and implementing Minute 319. This is the second year CAP has been recognized with the Partners in Conservation Award. In 2013, the DOI presented the award to CAP and its partners for the completion of the Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study.

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