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- establishes the temporary groundwater and irrigation efficiency projects fund and appropriates seven million dollars to it from the general fund. It also diverts $2.50 per acrefoot of the groundwater withdrawal fees in the Pinal Active Management Area to the fund as well. This fund is called “temporary” despite the fact that it runs the same length of time as the entire DCP, from 2019 through 2026. This fund is for constructing wells and infrastructure to increase groundwater pumping in Pinal Active Management Area and the Harquahala Irrigation Non-expansion Area.
- establishes the Arizona System Conservation Fund and appropriates $30 million from the general fund to the fund. This is to pay tribal nations for water to which they are entitled and keep that water in Lake Mead to delay or limit additional shortages on the system.
- includes a limited repeal of the Water BUD (water that cannot reasonably be used directly) and is a bill to basically benefit one water company. It allows for the accumulation of longterm storage credits for stored water while at the same time pumping groundwater. Those seeking this will be back to open it up even further. Already, this applies to mining interests. It is basic math that you should not get credit for storage while at the same time you are pumping groundwater.
- allows for the exchange of long-term storage credits between active management areas. This further complicates the water structure in Arizona and could result in more localized problems with groundwater pumping, including land subsidence.
- allows 95 percent of effluent that is recharged to be pumped back out in a year and allows anything below that 95 percent to be credited to a long-term storage account, and allowing the credits to be used to meet requirements for assured and adequate water supplies. (https://tucson.com/news/local/babbitt-colorado-river-drought-plan-just-the-beginning-of-tough/article_6c99d4e1-549a-552c-9a0c-460bc10e0048.html
- appropriates $2,000,000 from the general fund for one year to the augmentation and conservation assistance fund for conservation grants for conservation of groundwater in the active management areas.
- Includes language that indicates that we need renewed efforts to create long-term solutions and that the health of the Colorado River is important to our state’s economy, plus that sustainable long-term plans that encourage conservation are important.