Arizona Water Policy

Arizona Water Policy

Management Innovations in An Urbanizing, Arid Region

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The central challenge for Arizona and many other arid regions in the world is keeping a sustainable water supply in the face of rapid population growth and other competing demands. This book highlights new approaches that Arizona has pioneered for managing its water needs. The state has burgeoning urban areas, large agricultural regions, water dependent habitats for endangered fish and wildlife, and a growing demand for water-based recreation. A multi-year drought and climate-related variability in water supply complicate the intense competition for water. Written by well-known Arizona water experts, the essays in this book address these issues from academic, professional, and policy perspectives that include economics, climatology, law, and engineering.Among the innovations explored in the book is Arizona?s Groundwater Management Act. Arizona is not alone in its challenges. As one of the seven states in the Colorado River Basin that depend heavily on the river, Arizona must cooperate, and sometimes compete, with other state, tribal, and federal governments. One institution that furthers regional cooperation is the water bank, which encourages groundwater recharge of surplus surface water during wet years so that the water remains available during dry years. The Groundwater Management Act imposes conservation requirements and establishes planning and investment programs in renewable water supplies. The essays in Arizona Water Policy are accessible to a broad policy-oriented and nonacademic readership. The book explores Arizona?s water management and extracts lessons that are important for arid and semi-arid areas worldwide.

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Colby (agricultural and resource economics, U. of Arizona) and Jacobs (executive director of the Arizona Water Institute, a consortium of Arizona's public universities) present 15 contributions that examine a range of Arizona's water management issues and policies from different disciplinary perspectives and consider their implications more for water management in arid and semiarid regions around the world. Opening chapters review the importance of water to Arizona's history and describe the development of state and federal water laws. Others discuss the geography of water availability and use, issues of drought and climate variability, the economics of water transactions, the relationship between water policy and environmental sustainability, the "disconnect" between water law and hydrology, protection of water supply quality, implications of federal farm policy and state regulation on agricultural water use, urban and rural water supply and management, Arizona's recharge and recovery programs, and tribal water claims and settlements within regional water management. The conclusion summarizes lessons drawn from the preceding discussions. Distributed in the US by Johns Hopkins U. Press. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Washington, DC : Resources for the Future, c2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781933115344
Branch Call Number: 363.61097 Ar479 2007
Characteristics: xxiii, 247 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Jacobs, Katharine L.
Colby, Bonnie G.


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