The Water for Arizona Coalition supports SB 2895 that reforms Subsequent Irrigation Non-Expansion Areas in Arizona. The ability to plan for the future is a core element of smart water planning that has helped build Arizona's reputation as a leader in water management. Yet, many of our rural communities do not have forward-looking water planning tools available to them.
The Water for Arizona Coalition supports HB 2675 as amended in Committee. On the heels of 19 years of drought, and recent commitments to import less water from the Colorado River, 2019 made clear that Arizona needs to make the most of every drop of water in order to maximize economic, community and environmental benefits across the state.
The Water for Arizona Coalition (WAC) supports HB 2896, allowing county boards of supervisors to establish Rural Management Areas (RMAs) to allow for local planning and management of groundwater resources in rural areas. Groundwater is an essential resource, especially for Arizona’s rural communities. It is the water supply for homes, industries, and agriculture. In many areas of rural Arizona it is the primary or even only available water supply.
The Water for Arizona Coalition (WAC) seeks additional General Fund dollars to support the Department of Water Resources and its mission. ADWR suffered deep budget cuts following the Great Recession that continue to constrain the agency’s operations and, perhaps more importantly, its ability to ensure long-term, reliable water supplies to support Arizona’s communities and economy – from all sources - Colorado River water, groundwater and Arizona surface water.