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:
Proposed Amendment of Pinal Active Management Area Assured Water Supply Rules
The Department received permission from the Office of the Governor to proceed with a rulemaking 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. Click here to view the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking filed with the Secretary of State’s Office showing the proposed rule amendments. An oral proceeding will be held on July 7, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. in Coolidge, Arizona to allow members of the public an opportunity to provide oral or written comments on the proposed rulemaking. Please see the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for additional information regarding the oral proceeding and providing comments.