For the past 18 years SAWUA has maintained a responsive and respected presence at the Arizona Legislature working with elected officials, senior appointed officials, and stakeholders to advocate for effective water policy, mitigating those measures that otherwise may potentially have adverse impacts and, when necessary, opposing legislation that would be detrimental to Southern Arizona or statewide water policy interests.
Mark Stratton of Ride With Purpose (R) presents Joe Olsen, SAWUA President (L), with a plaque in appreciation of SAWUA's 10-years of support to this charitable organization. Ride With Purpose organizes motorcycle charity rides throughout the year across the United States and Canada to raise money and awareness for non-profit organizations that provide for safe drinking water, sanitation services and environmental stewardship to communities in need.
Ride With Purpose
SAUWA Water Priorities for 2018-2019
• Extend effluent LTSC Accrual Beyond 2025
• Increase LTSC Effluent Accrual to 95% for Effluent in Managed Recharge Projects,
Resulting in a 5% Cut in LTSC for the Aquifer and 0% Cut on Annual Storage and
• Extend Remediated Groundwater Waiver Beyond 2025
• Extend AMA Management Plans Beyond 2025
• Complete the Lower Basin Drought Contingency Plan
• Accomplish the Arizona Water Banking Authority Reform as Proposed by the
2017 Governor's Plenary Group
• Implementation of AWBA Recovery Plan
• Finalize and Implement CAP Non-Project Water Quality Program
SAWUA's Water Policy Priorities
SAUWA Water Priorities for 2020
Each year, the SAWUA Board of Directors adopts policy priorities to guide the association throughout the legislative session. These policy priorities are to assist legislators from Southern Arizona in understanding what water policies are most important to the region. For the 2020 legislative session, the association adopted the following priorities:
• Dedicated Funding for Arizona Water Quality Assurance Revolving Fund
• Extend the AMA Management Plans Beyond 2025
• Accomplish the Arizona Water Banking Authority Reform as Proposed by the 2017
Governor's Plenary Group
• Implementation of the AWBA Recovery Plan
• Emerging Contaminants of Concern
• Renegotiation of the 2007 Guidelines for Operation of Lake Powell and Mead on the
• Extended Remediated Groundwater Waiver Beyond 2025
Year-round Focus on the Development of Water Policy
After the completion of the LBDCP, stakeholders continued to collaborate on long- term water policy and potential legislation for the 2020 legislative session.
The Governor’s Water Augmentation, Innovation, and Conservation Council continued to develop long-term strategies towards water desalination, long-term water augmentation, policies addressing Non-Active Management Area (AMA) groundwater, and to develop strategic solutions for water management challenges facing the AMAs beyond 2025.
Consistent with the statutory requirements of the Groundwater Management Act of 1980, the Arizona Department of Water Resources hosted workgroups for the 4th and 5th Management Plan.
Among the most notable private-sector venues was the Vetting Forum 4 Water discussions, coordinated by the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association and the Agri-Business Council, which focused on discussions for the 2020 legislative session. This forum benefitted from sustained participation by policymakers who engaged in public discussions on their respective water policy legislative priorities, thereby providing water policy stakeholders and elected officials with the opportunity to work through policy and implementation challenges well in advance of the 2020 legislative session. The roundtable discussion also created a mechanism for water policy professionals to outline their own water policy perspectives, thus creating a greater awareness for policymakers on matters impacting water resource concerns throughout the state.
This process generated discussions revolving around six legislative proposals regarding the: General Stream Adjudication Process; Direct Distribution of Water Bank Credits for Recovery; Water Efficiency Plumbing Standards; the Water Quality Assurance Revolving Fund (WQARF); and best land management practices relating to the removal of hazardous vegetation, often referred to as waterlogging.