Welcome to the Rural Programs / Rural Water Studies website. The information provided here is intended as a resource for people living in the 87 percent of Arizona located outside the state’s five Active Management Areas (AMAs).
The five AMAs were established by the State to monitor urban, agricultural, industrial, and mining activity stemming from the heavy concentration of population and water use in certain parts of Arizona. The AMA numbers are striking:
- About 80 percent of Arizona's population resides within the five AMAs; Prescott Ama, Phoenix AMA, Pinal AMA, Tucson AMA, and Santa Cruz AMA.
- The AMAs cover only 13 percent of Arizona's land mass.
- The AMAs account for about 75 percent of the state's water consumption.
- The regulatory focus is on the five AMAs, yet the Department is committed to non-regulatory water resource planning statewide.
The Department's Statewide Planning Section has worked with rural groups to implement the Rural Watershed Initiative Program. The Arizona Legislature has provided funding to the Rural Water Studies program since FY 1999-2000, and several million dollars have been leveraged from other governmental agencies to help fund watershed studies and monitoring in rural areas.
Click here for Watershed Partnership Interactive Map
Over the past years, the Department has provided substantial planning assistance to rural areas with expanding populations, limited groundwater resources and unique environmental features. The Department has assisted citizen organizations and local governments by providing technical information and analysis, administrative support and advice on water issues.
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