Governor Doug Ducey's Arizona Water Initiative
On October 5, 2015. Governor Ducey announced his water planning inititative for the state. The Arizona Water Initiative is based off of and continues the work published in the 2014 Strategic Vision for Water Supply Sustainability Report, which identified key priorities, timelines and action items needed to maintain sustainable water supplies for Arizona's future. The Arizona Water Initiative was implemented with the signing of Executive Order 2015-13 on December 16, 2015. Through this initiative, the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR) will work closely with key stakeholders statewide on two parallel tracks.
Through the Planning Area Process, ADWR will identify and prioritize the 22 planning areas identified in the Strategic Vision report, beginning with rural areas.
ADWR will work closely with the Planning Areas to identify issues that are resulting in demand and supply imbalances and to develop strategies that are likely to be successful in addressing them.
The Council will investigate the long-term augmentation strategies for the State, as well as explore additional water conservation opportunities, identify infrastructure needs and, report policy direction or statutory changes to take Arizona into the future.
Council membership consists of a wide array of experts including water providers and leaders in Arizona agriculture, mining, agribusiness, homebuilding, watershed groups and government.
ADWR Director Thomas Buschatzke serves as chairman of the Council.