Protecting CAP Reliability
Colorado River System Reliability
CAP is continuously working to protect the reliability of the Colorado River system. This is accomplished through partnerships with water users, tribes and environmental stakeholders, as well as state, regional and federal agencies.
On Dec 13, 2007 the Secretary of the Interior signed the historic decision that implements innovative strategies for Colorado River management, charting a water management course for the future.
Under the guidelines adopted in 2007, the projections in the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation 24-month study, or shortage analysis, govern the release from Lake Powell to Lake Mead for the coming year.
Drought Contingency Plan
The Arizona Department of Water Resources and Central Arizona Water Conservation District collaboratively lead efforts to finalize the Drought Contingency Plan in Arizona.
In response to the need for additional reductions in water use from Lake Mead – over and above those required by the 2007 Guidelines and DCP – the Lower Basin States and the Bureau of Reclamation, including ADWR and CAWCD, have been developing a plan to implement additional conservation actions. We call it the 500+ Plan.
Arizona Reconsultation COmmittee
The ARC is developing an Arizona perspective on the reconsultation of the Colorado River Interim Guidelines for Lower Basin Shortages and the Coordinated Operations for Lake Powell and Lake Mead, known as the 2007 Guidelines.
CAP’s dedicated team reliably manages and delivers Colorado River water to Maricopa, Pinal, and Pima counties.
CAP serves as a collaborative partner and innovative leader in sustainable management and reliable delivery of water for Central Arizona.