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Warren Tenney

AMWUA Blog

Warren Tenney

Executive Director

A Tier 2a Shortage is confirmed, but uncertainty remains

What does a Tier 2a Shortage mean? The US Bureau of Reclamation declared a Tier 2a Shortage for the Colorado River in 2023 with its August 24-Month Study publication. Under the current framework for managing the River, the August 24-Month Study determines what level of shortage the River will be in based on the projected levels of Lake Mead for January of the following year. The Tier 2a Shortage determines that central Arizona will receive 592,000 acre-feet less Colorado River water in... Read More>

Keeping Current

Where We Stand

Colorado River Structural Imbalance

Levels at Lake Mead are rapidly dropping, in part, because the water stored in this reservoir is over-allocated to the states that share it. This puts the stability of the Colorado River system and reliability of Arizona’s Colorado River supplies at serious risk.

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Conservation & Efficiency

Living in a desert, Arizonans recognize that water is a limited and precious resource. We know we need to conserve and protect the water we have, stretching and preserving it for the future. We have embraced a culture of conservation, and it’s paying off. That ongoing commitment will help us weather the impacts of climate change, extended drought, and shortage.

Drought & Shortage

Extended drought and a shortage on the Colorado River in 2022 are cause for concern, but they are not unexpected. Arizona has been visionary in water management planning and policy. The AMWUA cities have prepared and invested to ensure reliable, sustainable supplies for their communities. Continued innovative water management strategies, investment, and forward-thinking policy will enable us to meet the very real challenges ahead.
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AMWUA (pronounced "am-wa" as in, "I am" and "water") is the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association, a non-profit association of ten municipalities in the Phoenix metro area, advocating responsible water stewardship that supports economic prosperity and safeguards Arizona's water supplies for future generations.