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March 2013, Issue 69: Editors’ Notes

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A proposal to terminate a landmark interstate water banking agreement demonstrates a nimble response to new economic and hydrologic realities. In 2001, a landmark agreement between the Arizona Water Banking Authority and the Southern Nevada Water Authority established interstate water banking. At the time, water banking offered important benefits for both states. Arizona, with rights […]

February 2013, Issue 68: Editors’ Notes

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An accelerating cash crunch means the CAP Board will have to make some very tough decisions about water rates this year. Last month, we noted that increasing costs and lower demand for coal-fired power might unleash an acceleration in rates for CAP water after 2013. Not only does the CAP’s late-January budget briefing to its […]

January 2013, Issue 67: Editors’ Notes

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Increasing costs and lower demand for coal-fired power are unleashing a possible acceleration in CAP rates after 2013. Data for this analysis came from a recent financial review prepared for the CAP’s Finance, Audit, & Power Committee. Recent financial reports from the CAP reveal that some unexpected developments in the power market — specifically, developments related […]

December 2012, Issue 66: Editors’ Notes

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Another water supply is shaking loose in Arizona, offering new and interesting opportunities. In our last editorial, we presented news of the Gila River Indian Community’s plans to begin selling long-term storage credits and to lease 30,000 AF of its CAP water for 100 years — a development that opens doors to the future use […]

November 2012, Issue 65: Editors’ Notes

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A recent landmark deal will have lasting effects on the price and availability of water in Arizona. Last month, SRP and the Gila River Indian Community announced a partnership that will enable the tribe to use more of its CAP entitlement. In exchange for guaranteeing SRP access to a portion of its water supplies, GRIC […]

August 2012, Issue 63: Editors’ Notes

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Southern California’s main water wholesaler demonstrates that even large reductions in available supply can be resolved using active, comprehensive, creative management strategies. “Shortage” is a word that tends to invoke anxiety, particularly when used in association with an important resource like water. However, as our recent editorials have shown, Arizona’s water shortages won’t necessarily be […]

July 2012, Issue 62: Editors’ Notes

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Although often misunderstood or ignored in favor of “gloom and doom” scenarios, the allocation system for Colorado River water is robust and underpins the water security of our state. Embodied in the complex body of legal and policy documents known as the “Law of the River,” shortages on the Colorado River have been anticipated since […]

June 2012, Issue 61: Editors’ Notes

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In last month’s editorial, we noted that a shortage on the Colorado River is inevitable. This month, we consider how a shortage might affect Arizona water users. It is common knowledge that agriculture accounts for the biggest share of Arizona’s water demand and that, consequently, some ag users are likely to be subject to reductions […]

May 2012, Issue 60: Editors’ Notes

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How much difference does one very wet or dry year make? In terms of planning for future shortages, not much. We know that variability is a constant in the West’s hydrologic cycle; the high highs and low lows we experience relegate runoff averages to mere statistical abstractions. The last 2 years, for example, have been […]

April 2012, Issue 59: Editors’ Notes

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Why would anyone want to inhibit the development of instream flow rights in Arizona? The answer is more complex than it may seem. Instream flow rights serve as the mechanism by which an entity can help preserve water flowing in streams for the “beneficial use” of fish and other wildlife. Arizona has seen a significant […]