The Department has a small, but vital, agenda for the 49th Arizona Legislature, Second Regular Session beginning January 11, 2010. Among the issues are measures relating to:
Drought - Emergency groundwater transfer
This is an annual session law that allows the director to approve a transfer of groundwater from one groundwater basin to another if it is a true emergency, a drought has been declared by the Governor, and other conditions apply.
A bill folder has been opened for the general purpose of reducing ADWR’s reliance on state General Fund appropriations. A stakeholder process that ADWR is currently engaged in will help shape the bill language. Draft language will be posted here when it is available in January.
This year, ADWR undertook a sunset review for the third time since the agency was created in 1980. In October, a committee of reference recommended that ADWR be continued for ten years. Legislative approval is required.
Check with the website of the Arizona Water Banking Authority for information on a "water firming" proposal that will be submitted for legislative consideration. If enacted, the legislation will enable the water bank to acquire and store excess Central Arizona Project (CAP) water.