Reduced runoff to the Colorado River has significantly increased odds of a shortage declaration.
The latest federal forecast for runoff in the Colorado River Basin predicts less runoff into Lake Powell than previously expected.
Budget cuts "have seriously impaired the department's ability to represent the state's interests on critical water issues."
"Despite the fact that we see a shortage on the horizon, we are not in a crisis," said ADWR's Tom Buschatzke.
Although steps have been taken to protect Arizona's future water supply, there is still an urgent need to do more, Senator Flake said.
ADWR Director Tom Buschatzke: ""We are not in kind of the crisis mode that California is in. We are far from it."
AMWUA's Kathy Ferris: continued drought is a concern, but Arizona remains in strong shape and is prepared.
The city of Glendale is partnering with CAP to store water that could be used in times of Colorado River shortages.
David Modeer, General Manager of the Central Arizona Project, announces that he will retire April 30th.
AMWUA Director David Iwanski explains that smart policy, investment, and careful water management have prepared central Arizona to weather extended drought.