Arizona Department of Water Resources Laws and Rules
On June 26, 2012, Governor Brewer signed Executive Order 2012-03, “State Regulatory Review, Moratorium and Streamlining to Promote Job Creation and Retention.” The Executive Order prohibits most state agencies, including the Department of Water Resources, from conducting any rulemaking until December 31, 2014 except as permitted by the Order. The objective of the Order is to eliminate any unnecessary increased monetary or regulatory costs on employers, persons, individuals, other state agencies, or political subdivisions of the State. There are several exceptions to the rulemaking moratorium. In addition, state agencies are allowed to continue any rulemaking that was authorized by the Office of the Governor on or after January 22, 2009. Click here to view the Executive Order.
To comply with the Order, the Department is not currently undertaking any rulemakings, except for the following:
Amendment of Pinal Active Management Area Assured Water Supply Rules
The Department received permission from the Office of the Governor to proceed with a rule amendment to delay, until January 1, 2019, the first reduction in the annual allocation factor used to calculate credits for the extinguishment of grandfathered groundwater rights in the Pinal AMA. This delay in the reduction schedule is designed to allow water users and other interested parties in the Pinal AMA, including the Pinal Local Water Group, additional time to examine conditions within the AMA and offer alternatives for meeting the AMA’s management goal prior to the first allocation factor reduction. Information on the Pinal Local Water Group can be found here.
On July 21, 2014, the Department submitted a Notice of Final Rulemaking to the Governor’s Regulatory Review Council (Council) for approval. Click here to view the Notice of Final Rulemaking. A Study Session will be held by the Council on August 26, 2014 during which the rule amendment may be discussed. The Council will formally consider approving the rule amendment at its Tuesday September 9, 2014 meeting. Please see the Council’s website (www.grrc.az.gov) for additional information, including the Study Session and Council Meeting times and locations.