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The 1980 Groundwater Code established a Groundwater Advisory Council (GUAC) in each Active Management Area (AMA). The group consists of five members. Members of the GUAC are appointed by the governor to represent the users of groundwater in the AMA, and on the basis of their knowledge of interest and experience with problems relating to development, use and conservation of water.
The term of office of each member is six years. The terms are staggered, expiring in January of each even numbered year. Every other even numbered year, the members of the GUAC elect a chairman and vice chairman. Members of the GUAC serve without compensation.
Some of the important duties of the GUAC include:
Current members of the GUAC are:
(all agendas are in Adobe Acrobat® format)
The Tucson AMA Institutional and Policy Advisory Group (IPAG) is an ad hoc body that discusses and analyzes regional water policy issues, and serves as the technical arm of the GUAC. IPAG was formed as part of an ambitious recharge planning process that began in the fall of 1995.
The Regional Recharge Planning Process involved the Regional Recharge Committee (entirely technical experts), and IPAG (policy-oriented representatives). Staff from the Tucson AMA provided support and coordination. The Regional Recharge Committee produced a Technical Report (1996) with physical data that served as the foundation IPAG then used to evaluate the institutional, political and economic components of regional recharge. IPAG embarked on an extensive process that included a needs assessment and development of evaluation criteria for existing, planned and proposed recharge projects. The final product was the Regional Recharge Plan.
(CAWCD) and the AWBA.
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