On August 16, 2021, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced the first-ever Tier 1 Colorado River shortage. The water delivery cutbacks, which went into effect on January 1, 2022, per the “Colorado River Interim Guidelines for Low Basin Shortages and Coordinate Operations for Lake Powell and Lake Mead” (2007 Interim Guidelines), are most significant for the Central Arizona Project (CAP). Governed by the Central Arizona Water Conservation District, CAP delivers water into Central Arizona for use by tribal, municipal and industrial, and agricultural users.
Join Pima County District 5 and the WRRC virtually on Tuesday, March 22nd, at 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. for a World Water Day Teach-In! Supervisor Grijalva's District 5 Office will be hosting this space to encourage the community to learn more about the Santa Cruz River Heritage Project and the challenges we face as a desert community with water conservation.
The International Arid Lands Consortium (IALC) was formed in 1989 as an independent, non-profit consortium of institutions with a mission of supporting ecological sustainability of the world’s drylands. The following year, IALC was authorized by U.S. Congress, facilitating over $20M in funding over the next 30 years from U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and U.S. AID that was used to support sustainable development and capacity building in arid and semiarid lands.
Due to prolonged drought, overall snowfall and runoff into the Colorado River Basin are at all-time lows, resulting in the combined water storage in the river's two primary reservoirs—Lakes Powell and Mead—dropping to just 32 percent of capacity. The Secretary of the Interior recently announced the first-ever shortage declaration, reducing the availability of Colorado River supplies to Nevada in 2022. Projections indicate that Lake Mead water levels will continue to decline, and the likelihood of shortage remains high in future years.
During the winter months, as much as 70% of the leafy greens found in grocery stores are grown within 100 miles of Yuma, AZ. At the end of January,