The Statewide Planning Section of the Arizona Department of Water Resources has been working with rural entities since the implementation of the 1999 Rural Watershed Initiative, a program that addressed water supply issues in rural areas of Arizona and encouraged participation from groups in affected communities, and to foster collaboration between stakeholders to conserve Arizona's water together. In recent years, the Department has continued to provide 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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The information provided here is intended as a resource for people living outside Arizona’s six Active Management Areas (AMAs). The State established the AMAs to monitor urban, agricultural, industrial, and mining activity stemming from the heavy concentration of population and water use in certain parts of Arizona. Because the AMAs account for the majority of the state’s water consumption, regulatory focus is on the AMAs. However, the Department is committed to water resource planning statewide, and the many users around our state that need the support.  

The current Rural Programs section of Statewide Planning continues to carry on many of the activities of the Rural Watershed Initiative. By providing support to a number of rural water groups that consist of both rural watershed partnerships, other rural entities, and connecting rural stakeholders with a wide variety of funding opportunities to support conservation of our limited water supplies, and foster collaborative working relationships between ADWR and partner groups to ensure a water secure future for Arizona.