Category Archives: Editorials

February 2015, Issue 91: Editor’s Notes

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Many Western states are developing water plans. How can they learn from Arizona’s experience? Water planning is big news in the West these days. In Texas, Kansas, Colorado, and California, statewide water planning is underway or has recently been completed. On a larger scale, the 7 states and 10 tribes of the Colorado River Basin […]

January 2015, Issue 90: Editor’s Notes

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The decline in water demand in the West over the past 35 years is both a phenomenal success story — and a well-kept secret. Stories about the alarming state of water in the West seem to be everywhere. Prolonged drought, scant snowpacks, receding reservoirs, rampant groundwater overdraft, and devastating forest fires all fuel the debate […]

December 2014, Issue 89: Editor’s Notes

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Some of Arizona’s most influential water planners want to expedite the state’s general stream adjudications. A push from the legislature will help make this happen. In a recent Arizona Republic op-ed piece, former Arizona Senator John Kyl and water lawyer Grady Gammage, Jr., outline actions for working towards water sustainability in Arizona. They conclude that the state’s […]

November 2014, Issue 88: Editor’s Notes

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In the coming months, some important questions affecting the price and availability of water in Arizona may be resolved at the federal, state, and basin levels. Federal With a Republican majority in both the Senate and the House, will Congress legislatively “fix” the current confusion over which “waters of the U.S.” are regulated by the […]

October 2014, Issue 87: Editor’s Notes

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Groundwater management: Arizona vs. California  In September, California became the last western state to pass a law to regulate groundwater pumping. This game-changing legislation is long overdue; not only does California sometimes depend on groundwater to meet half or more of its annual water demand, but the state has been under a devastating drought for […]

June 2014, Issue 84: Editor’s Notes

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New guidelines for proposed actions on national forest lands emphasize the interconnection of groundwater and surface water. The U.S. Forest Service recently released new draft guidelines for managing groundwater resources on National Forest Service lands. These guidelines, developed in accordance with the Department of Agriculture’s national groundwater policy, contain “directives” that require the USFS to […]

May 2014, Issue 83: Editor’s Notes

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Reclamation’s latest predictions show the chance of shortage on the Colorado River increasing but remaining less than 50 percent in 2016. Reclamation’s April 2014 projections predict the likelihood of Colorado River shortage based on various modeled inflow scenarios. These projections show Lake Mead dropping to 1,069 feet in June 2015. However, a declaration is triggered […]

April 2014, Issue 82: Editor’s Notes

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For the first time, CAP is considering adopting water rates for shortage conditions. In last month’s editorial, we noted several factors that may cause a dramatic increase in CAP rates in coming years. Since then, the CAP has incorporated one of these possibilities — shortage — into its upcoming biennial rate discussion. For the first […]

March 2014, Issue 81: Editors’ Notes

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CAP customers should prepare for two budgetary time bombs that could trigger significant rate increases. Over the next few months, CAP will complete its formal rate-setting process for the next 2 years. Although the terms of the federal repayment contract have always loomed in the background, CAP has managed them well and protected its customers […]

February 2014, Issue 80: Editor’s Notes

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Thirsty for educational and professional opportunities in the water resources field? Don’t forget about Tucson. Phoenix is often the focus of water news in Arizona. This is no surprise; it’s home to SRP, CAP, the state water agencies, the capital — and, of course, the largest population base in Arizona. As such, most of our […]