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Where We Stand on Legislation

2020 - Fifty-fourth Legislature Second Regular Session

Arizona Senate

Arizona House

HB 2076: Appropriation; DWR; additional staff

In Brief: Appropriates $6.1 million for the Arizona Department of Water Resources to hire additional staff.

Sponsor(s): Gabaldón

Last Action: Prefiled

Description: This bill would appropriate $6.1 million to the Arizona Department of Water Resources for the purpose of hiring hydrologists, modelers, and other support staff.

Link: https://apps.azleg.gov/BillStatus/BillOverview/72604

HB 2098: Dam safety study committee

In Brief: Establishes a Dam Safety Study Committee.

Sponsor(s): Griffin

Last Action:

Description: This bill would create a Dam Safety Study Committee consisting of two appointed legislators and the Director of ADWR or their nominee. The Committee would be required to consider the safety of dams throughout Arizona complete a report of their findings by December 31st, 2020.

Link: https://apps.azleg.gov/BillStatus/BillOverview/72650

HB 2101: Appropriation; Arizona water protection fund

In Brief: Appropriates $1 million from the general fund to the Arizona Water Protection Fund.

Sponsor(s): Griffin & Nutt

Last Action:

Description: This bill would appropriate $1,000,000 from the state general fund in fiscal year 2020-21 to the Arizona Water Protection Fund. The Arizona Water Protection Fund is a state-run program administered by ADWR that funds projects to protect and enhance water quality and quantity in Arizona's rivers, streams, and riparian areas. Some of these efforts include revegetation, erosion control, channel stabilization, research, and water conservation.

Link: https://apps.azleg.gov/BillStatus/BillOverview/72654

HB 2158: Water; well metering; nonexempt wells

In Brief: Mandates water use metering and reporting for nonexempt groundwater wells

Sponsor(s): Engel and seven others

Last Action:

Description: This bill mandates measuring and annual reporting for nonexempt groundwater wells throughout the state. Nonexempt wells include those with a pumping capacity greater than 35 gallons-per-minute. Current law contains no measuring requirements for wells outside of the AMAs or INA except for a person who withdraws groundwater for transportation to an initial AMA.

Link: https://apps.azleg.gov/BillStatus/BillOverview/72771

HB 2159: Water adequacy requirements; statewide applicability

In Brief: Establishes requirement for counties to establish mandatory water adequacy provisions for subdivision development approval.

Sponsor(s): Engel

Last Action:

Description: This bill would mandate that counties outside of the Active Management Areas (AMA) adopt an adequate water requirement for subdivided lands within the county. Currently counties outside of an AMA have an option to adopt the mandatory adequacy provisions upon unanimous vote of the county Board of Supervisors.

Link: https://apps.azleg.gov/BillStatus/BillOverview/72772

HB 2161: Irrigation non-expansion areas; water supplies

In Brief: Modifies the criteria for ADWR's consideration of designating a new INA to include future groundwater withdrawal rates.

Sponsor(s): Engel

Last Action:

Description: An irrigation non-expansion area (INA) is a geographical area that has been designated as having insufficient groundwater for irrigation of cultivated lands. Within an INA expansion of new irrigated acreage is generally prohibited and water management regulations, such as well metering, apply. Arizona’s Groundwater Code allows the Director of ADWR to designate new INA’s based upon certain criteria, including if the Director determines that “there is insufficient groundwater . . . at the current rates of withdrawal.” In 2015, a petition from irrigators in the San Simon Valley to establish a new INA was declined by ADWR; the Director noting in his decision that he could not consider future groundwater uses in the determination. HB 2161 would require the Director to consider projected rates of groundwater withdrawals in their determination of a new INA.

Link: https://apps.azleg.gov/BillStatus/BillOverview/72774

HB 2174: Exempt wells; capacity

In Brief: Redefines the maximum pumping capacity for groundwater withdrawal wells exempt from the Groundwater Code.

Sponsor(s): Blanc, Chavez, Peten

Last Action:

Description: The Groundwater Code defines exempt wells as those with a maximum pumping capacity of less than 35 gallons-per-minute (gpm) used to withdraw groundwater for non-irrigation uses. These wells are exempt from most of the provisions of the Groundwater Code. This bill alters that criterion, changing the threshold for exemption to a maximum capacity of 20 gpm of pumping capacity.

Link: https://apps.azleg.gov/BillStatus/BillOverview/72797

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