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The AWR newsletter, published quarterly, provides news and features on state and regional water issues, as well as information on upcoming events, research, publications and other resources. 

Format: 2016-06-25
Format: 2016-06-25
Spring 2016
A strong El Niño event has been taking place this year. People in Arizona generally welcome the wetter winters brought by El Niño, but in other parts of the world, El Niño can mean droughts, floods, crop failures, and looming food shortages. 
Winter 2016
8 pps.
Arizona’s forests need help. The dense, over-stocked forests in Arizona are not natural and create an environment conducive to insect and disease outbreaks, high-intensity wildfires, and unsustainable conditions for forest ecosystems. Years of fire suppression and drought have produced a situation where mega-fires become the norm. Arizona has witnessed an increase in the size, severity, and frequency of wildfires during the past 14 years.
April 1992
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently released its first stage (1992-1994) Integrated Environmental Plan for the Mexican-U.S. Border Area (see Publications, March AWR). Motivated by Congressional consideration of the North American Free Trade Act, the plan addresses potential environmental consequences of increased trade along the border.
April 1994
After five years of debt negotiations between officials of New Magma Irrigation and Drainage District and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, NMIDD filed for municipal bankruptcy in Federal District Court in mid-January.  
April 1979
"The Nation's Water Outlook to the Year 2000" was published recently by the Library of Congress Congressional Research Service. Forecasts may include a general nationwide projection and regional projections.
April 1980
On June 19, Arizona Governor Bruce Babbitt delivered a copy of Arizona's new Groundwater Management Act to Secretary of the Interior Cecil Andrus in Washington. D.C. Andrus indicated that passage of this Act would have a direct bearing on his preliminary allocations of Central Arizona Project (CAP) water. President Carter recommended that "further funding of the project be contingent upon further study of groundwater supplies and institution of groundwater regulation and management by the State of Arizona."
April 1981
The Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 requires an inventory of hazardous mining areas within each state and periodic monitoring of active mines. In 1979 the Office of Surface Mining contracted with the University of Arizona Applied Remote Sensing Program (ARSPL Office of Arid Lands Studies, and the Mining and Geological Engineering Department for an evaluation of Landsat as a means for meeting these requirements.
April 1982
The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) has been investigating trichioroethylene (TCE) and related compounds in Arizona groundwater since the solvent was first found in the Tucson International Airport area last spring. TCE is widely used in electronics and metal plating as well as furniture stripping, dry cleaning, and other activities. It can be toxic and has been found to cause cancer in mice.
April 1993
Responding to the Town of Payson's sale of its Central Arizona Project (CAP) subcontract to a developer, the Department of Water Resources DWR) has proposed criteria for approval of future transactions. Payson exchanged its CAP Municipal and Industrial (M&1) subcontract entitlement with North Scottsdale Developers in exchange for money to be used to develop water supplies nearer to Payson. North Scottsdale in turn transferred the subcontract to the City of Scottsdale in lieu of paying
April 1995
The City of Tucson has narrowed its options for using its Central Arizona Project water allocation to four: direct treatment and delivery through the existing treatment plant after replacing deteriorating mains; augmenting treatment with a filtration stage to remove salts; blending CAP water with equal amounts of groundwater; and recharging CAP water using spreading basins, streambeds, and/or injection wells.
August 1983
American Indian lands comprise approximately 52 million acres in more than 26 states. Many reservations have land and water resources that have potential for agricultural development. Three land and water management alternatives for reservation farm development are discussed in a report by the University of Arizona's Laboratory of Native Development, Systems Analysis and Applied Technology (NAD SAT).
August 1995
Certain U.S. Bureau of Reclamation properties may be up for sale. The agency recently issued a document, "Framework for the Transfer of Title," outlining the process of transferring title of certain of its projects to interested beneficiaries and nonfederal governmental entities.
August 1994
The Arizona legislature has created a Water Protection Fund administered by a 15-member Commission. Appointments to the Commission are made by the Governor, the president of the Senate and the speaker of the House, with certain numbers allocated for various categories. Ex-officio, non-voting members are Rita Pearson, ADWR, Jean Hassell, State Land Commission, and the chairs of House and Senate natural resource committees.
December 1992
Speculation abounded as to whether President Bush would sign the Omnibus Water Bill. He did so on October 30. Now Arizona and other western states are tallying their garns from this new piece of federal legislation.
December 1997
This year's El Niño already has fully earned its claim to fame; this is the first such event predicted so far in advance. Also, the extent to which this year's event is being studied and observed is unprecedented.
Fall 1984
In April 1984 Arizona's Department of Water Resources (ADWR) promulgated the first management plans for the Tucson, Phoenix and Prescott Active Management Areas (AMAs) (see summaries Arizona Water Resources News Bulletin, 84-2 Summer 1984). Public hearings on the proposed plans were held in June. Based on the testimony and evidence presented at these hearings, ADWR has released the following modifications to the proposed management plans.
Fall 2009
12 pps.
A community program that included keynote addresses rounded out the day's events on Sept. 1. University of Arizona's President Robert Shelton greeted about 225 people attending the community event. Ben Grumbles, director of the Arizona Department of  Environmental Quality, further  extended the welcome.  
Fall 2011
12 pps.
“It’s a promise to be a good citizen of the world, protecting the Earth’s natural resources through innovation and more efficient use of land, energy, water and packaging in our operations.” – PepsiCo, on their environmental sustainability promise Environmentalists and corporations have not always seen eye-to-eye on matters of how our natural resources should best be used. In fact, many people see corporate industry as inherently anti-environmental. However, without industry, we would not be able to enjoy many of the comforts of modern day living.
Winter 2012
12 pps.
Fungicide in orange juice, Arsenic in apple juice, Listeria in cantaloupe--these are the latest “food safety issues you care about” listed at But how important are these issues? The public can see Food and Drug Administration reports on all three by going to the FDA website. An outbreak of Listeria associated with contaminated cantaloupe caused 30 deaths in 2011, and concern continued in 2012 with an additional death and recalls of potentially contaminated fruit. Washing the fruit before cutting it might have lowered the death toll.
Fall 2013
12 pps.
In the City of Prescott, the Watson Woods Riparian Preserve, along Granite Creek, is an oasis for wildlife and humans surrounded by development. The city’s wastewater treatment plant and transfer station are located a block to the east, a lumber company and a concrete block manufacturer are located to the south, Highway 89 and some dense subdivisions are to the west. Over the last century, this riparian area has been a sand and gravel mine, a dumpsite, a 4-wheel playground, and a shooting range.
Fall 2014
12 pps.
Arizona is taking advantage of its open land and ample sunshine to assume a leadership position in the algae biofuel field, although farming algae can use a great deal of water. Algae shows great promise as a source for alternative fuels, as well as other useful products, and commercialization is a high priority for the U.S. Department of Energy. Table of Contents: Features
Fall 2015
16 pps.
The Water Resources Research Center 2015 conference, Indigenous Perspectives on Sustainable Water Practices, brought together a unique diversity of perspectives to share experience and knowledge about indigenous water management and stewardship. More than 330 people attended the conference, representing six states, 49 cities, and 13 tribal nations. Thirty-three speakers with ties to Native American communities across the state presented a variety of viewpoints. 
February 1992
Welcome to the premier issue of Arizona Water Resource. AWR is produced by the Arizona Water Resources Research Center at the University of Arizona. Representatives from various water organizations within the state, however, assisted in its planning and development. AWR represents a group effort at identifying a publication need within the state, and then developing a newsletter to respond to that recognized need.
February 1993
Major increases in the cost of Central Arizona Project water may go into effect by January 1994, Central Arizona Water Conservation District board members learned at their January meeting. Continued disappointing water sales might cause the current $52/acre-foot price for municipal and industrial water to be elevated into the $65-$125 range. Other revenue-enhancing options are limited. The CAWCD's property tax levy is at its legislatively-mandated limit, and the state's new super-majority requirement makes any tax increase a hard sell.
February 1995
The little southwestern willow flycatcher is an emerging player in the ongoing effort to protect Arizona riparian areas. Recently listed by U.S. Fish and Wildlife as an endangered species, the flycatcher is considered an indicator species for southwestern riparian habitat conditions.

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