Board approves 2020-21 Biennial Budget, as well as recovery agreements related to the AZDCP Ag Pool Groundwater Infrastructure and Efficiency Program

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

Following the recommendation of the Finance, Audit and Power Committee, the Board approved the 2020-21 Biennial Budget (Operating: $283.2 million (2020)/$287.4 million (2021) and Capital: $44.7 million (2020) and $33.8 million (2021).

The CAWCD board also approved four separate Recovery Capacity Agreements between CAWCD and the Central Arizona Irrigation and Drainage District, Maricopa-Stanfield Irrigation and Drainage District, New Magma Irrigation and Drainage District and Queen Creek Irrigation District. These agreements secure CAWCD recovery capacity, while also satisfying the $5 million commitment made by the Board to support groundwater infrastructure development as part of Arizona's DCP implementation.

CAWCD Board Members Cesare, Goddard and Megdal provided updates on the Public Policy, Finance, Audit and Power and CAGRD and Underground Storage Committees.

CAP staff members also provided updates on:

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 November 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.