Governor extends Douglas AMA Groundwater Rights deadline to September

Thu, Apr 4 2024

In response to concerns voiced by property owners in the recent, voter-approved Douglas Active Management Area, Governor Katie Hobbs has signed legislation extending the deadline for submitting grandfathered groundwater-rights applications into

Water Awareness Month: A mission too important to quit celebrating

Mon, Mar 25 2024

A silver lining sewn into the on-going struggles with drought in the Southwest is that water conservation is now, officially, a very real and permanent thing. Communities are finding ways to extract water-thirsty non-native vegetation like decorative

Out in the field: ADWR hydrologists conducting “basin sweep” in vast northwest region

Thu, Mar 14 2024

For the next several months, ADWR’s Field Services team will be out “sweeping” for groundwater-level data in an enormous area of northwestern Arizona. Starting March 11, the team began collecting water-level measurements in the Virgin River, Grand

ADWR water pros do water science with a host of kids on “Junior Hydrologists Day”

Thu, Jan 18 2024

ADWR performs a lot of outreach on water issues. Conservation specialists conduct presentations on how to reduce water use. Our experts in groundwater management organize public forums on their findings. Our IT staff is on a mission to find new ways

The Colorado River: Heading into 2024 with hope for a more stable system

Thu, Dec 21 2023

(Editor’s note: This analysis is appearing this week in both ADWR’s Arizona Water News and CAP’s Know Your Water News) At this time last year, conditions in the Colorado River Basin were dire. We knew we were heading into the first Tier 2a shortage

ADWR team steps up to provide analysis of groundwater supplies in every Arizona basin

Fri, Dec 8 2023

The Arizona Legislature has asked ADWR to conduct periodic groundwater “supply and demand” assessments in order to improve our understanding of the current and future water conditions and to assist in future planning throughout the state. The law's

Gilbert Mayor Brigette Peterson; Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers; Scottsdale Mayor David Ortega; Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego; Governor Katie Hobbs, Lower Colorado River Basin Deputy Regional Director Dave Arend; Bureau Commissioner Camillie Calimlim Touton; Gila River Indian Community Governor Stephen Roe Lewis; San Carlos Apache Tribe Vice Chairman Tao Etpison; Central Arizona Water Conservation District Board President Terry Goddard; and, ADWR Director Tom Buschatzke.

USBR announces a total of 18 Colorado River conservation agreements with Arizona entities

Fri, Dec 8 2023

Representatives of major Arizona water users, including cities and tribes, gathered with the Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation and Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs at Phoenix City Hall on Nov. 3 to celebrate the execution of new Colorado River

Pure Liquid Gold: ADEQ presents plan for bolstering state’s supply of purified water

Pure Liquid Gold: ADEQ presents plan for bolstering state’s supply of purified water

Wed, Nov 15 2023

The recent announcement by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality of its “roadmap” for incorporating recycled water as part of Arizona’s supply of safe, reliable and purified water garnered a lot of headlines. ADEQ’s guiding principles for

Gila River I-10 solar-panel canal signing ceremony

Gila River Indian Community Signs Historic Agreement for Solar-Over-Canal Project

Wed, Nov 15 2023

Great day celebrating innovation & climate resiliency driven by Tribal leadership as we signed a historic partnering agreement between @GRIC_Official & @LADistrictUSACE. GRIC is first to place solar panels over irrigation canals, producing renewable

Despite A Strong “El Nino,” Prospects For A Wet Winter In The Southwest Remain “Uncertain”

Despite A Strong “El Nino,” Prospects For A Wet Winter In The Southwest Remain “Uncertain”

Wed, Nov 8 2023

The popular theory about an “El Nino” condition in the eastern Pacific Ocean is that it often encourages the production of a lot of winter rain and snow in the southern United States The operative word here is “often.” According to Mark O’Malley of