Board convenes in Tucson for its annual Pima County meeting

The Central Arizona Water Conservation District Board of Directors (CAWCD) convened today for its October meeting.

As is the board’s tradition for remote meetings, local speakers were invited to address the board. Chairman Ned Norris, Jr., Tohono O’odham Nation, welcomed attendees to the Tohono O’odham’s native lands. David Godlewski, president, Southern Arizona Home Builders Association, provided an update on the local housing market and the relationship to the water received by CAP. 

CAWCD Board Members Cesare, Goddard and Megdal provided updates on the Public Policy; Finance, Audit and Power (agenda: pages 11 & 12, bookmark 5); and CAGRD and Underground Storage (agenda: pages 13-15, bookmark 5) Committees.

CAP staff provided an update on one of the last remaining implementation steps of Arizona’s Drought Contingency Plan, which was a discussion of the recovery agreements with the Central Arizona, Hohokam, Maricopa-Stanfield, New Magma and Queen Creek Irrigation and Drainage Districts (agenda: pages 19-80, bookmark 10). This relates to the Ag Pool Groundwater Infrastructure and Efficiency Program.

CAP staff members also provided updates on:

  • Colorado River conditions (agenda: pages 16-18, bookmark 9) – Lake Mead is currently at 1083’ elevation. Presentation included a recap of Arizona’s monsoon and potential impacts on flows between Lake Powell and Lake Mead.
  • Colorado River Salinity Control Program (agenda: pages 81-99, bookmark 10) – The CAP system imports approximately 1.2 million tons of salt. The Salinity Control Program is a pollution prevention program that presently prevents 200,000 tons per year of salt from entering Central Arizona via CAP.

The CAWCD Board of Directors is a popularly elected, 15-member board. Ten members are from Maricopa County, four from Pima County and one from Pinal. Members serve six-year, unpaid terms. The board typically meets publicly the first Thursday of each month to establish policy and set rates and taxes for CAP.

For additional details on the October board meeting, take a look at the agenda and packet. Board minutes and videos will be posted here.


Central Arizona Project (CAP) is Arizona's single largest resource for renewable water supplies. CAP is designed to bring roughly 1.5 million acre-feet of water from the Colorado River to Central and Southern Arizona every year. More than 80% of the state's population, live in Maricopa, Pima and Pinal counties, where CAP water is delivered. It is a 336-mile long system of aqueducts, tunnels, pumping plants and pipelines.