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Rural Programs

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions


What is the purpose of the Rural Watershed Initiative?

Governor Jane Dee Hull created the Arizona Rural Watershed Initiative to focus attention on rural water resource issues and provide funds to develop regional and watershed solutions through locally driven partnerships. The groups are made-up of your community people, with a shared concern for the future of your water resources.  Most of the watershed groups have monthly meetings to discuss proposed projects, concerns and solutions.


What is an Active Management Area (AMA)?

A geographical area designated by the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR) as requiring active management of groundwater.  Four initial active management areas currently exist in central and southern Arizona within the regions of Phoenix, Pinal, Prescott and Tucson.  A fifth active management area was established in Santa Cruz requiring the active management of any water, other than stored water, withdrawn from a well. Subsequent active management areas may be designated through local initiative or by the Director of the Department.


Am I located in a Rural Watershed?

The interactive map on the homepage of the Rural Programs website covers the areas not already designated in an Active Management Area.  Refer to the map and your location for the correct watershed. 


Am I represented in a Rural Arizona Watershed Group?

You can find the names of representatives from the various watershed groups under the Contacts link.


Can I join a Watershed Group?

Yes, you can participate in your local watershed group.  Website and email addresses are listed under Contacts.


How can I find out if there is a meeting in my area?

For the most up-to-date information, please check the website of the group you are interested in.  For further questions and help locating a group in your area, please call us directly.


Where can I find a list of acronyms?

Under the FAQ link, you will see a list of the most frequently used acronyms.


Where do I find information regarding grants/funding for my water project?

There are a number of funding mechanisms for water projects in the state of Arizona.  This website lists some of those entities, like the Department of Water Resources, The Environmental Protection Agency and others. 


Does the Department of Water Resources regulate the Rural Watersheds?

No, the Arizona Department of Water Resources was given authority to administer the initiative by providing technical and financial assistance to rural watershed partnerships.  Partnerships include local stakeholders and representatives of resource and regulatory agencies active in the area.


Who does the Arizona Department of Water Resources regulate?

The Arizona Department of Water Resources has authority to regulate the use of groundwater only within the Active Management Areas.


How do I contact the Arizona Department of Water Resources?

Arizona Department of Water Resources
Statewide Planning
3550 N. Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ  85012

Gerry Walker     602-771-8511

Karen Modesto  602-771-7705



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