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2021 - Fifty-fifth Legislature - First Regular Session
Appropriation; Arizona water protection fund

HB 2035: Appropriation; Arizona water protection fund

In Brief: Would appropriate $1 million from the state general fund for the Arizona Water Protection Fund.

Sponsor(s): Griffin

Last Action: Passed Senate Approps 3/2

Description: This bill would appropriate $1 million from the state general fund in Fiscal Year 2021-22 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. AMWUA has supported this legislation in previous years.

Link: https://apps.azleg.gov/BillStatus/BillOverview/74340

2021 - Fifty-fifth Legislature - First Regular Session
Groundwater replenishment reserves

HB 2041: Groundwater replenishment reserves

In Brief: Modifies the statutory calculation for the CAGRD's Replenishment Reserve Target

Sponsor(s): Griffin

Last Action: Signed by Governor 2/18

Description: This bill introduces clarifications to the calculation of CAGRD’s 100-year replenishment obligation for the purpose of calculating the replenishment reserve target. Existing statute could be read to require the CAGRD to calculate the replenishment reserve based on each AMA’s buildout obligation multiplied by 100. Modifies the statutory calculation of each AMA’s projected replenishment obligation to equal the cumulative projected obligation for each year following submission of the Plan of Operation. AMWUA supported this legislation in the 2020 session.

Link: https://apps.azleg.gov/BillStatus/BillOverview/74373

2021 - Fifty-fifth Legislature - First Regular Session
Water conservation notice; no forfeiture

HB 2056: Water conservation notice; no forfeiture

In Brief: Protects a water right holder from forfeiture through nonuse if they file a 'water conservation plan' with ADWR

Sponsor(s): Griffin

Last Action: Signed by Governor 2/18

Description: Allows a water right holder to file a “Water Conservation Plan” with ADWR. Upon filing a plan that outlines water conservation measures that are planned or will be implemented, the water rights included in that notice would be shielded from a claim of abandonment or forfeiture. The Plan can be extended by 10-years, indefinitely. Includes a legislative intent clause specifying that the Legislature intends the provisions to only apply prospectively.

Link: https://apps.azleg.gov/BillStatus/BillOverview/74393

2021 - Fifty-fifth Legislature - First Regular Session
Water banking; storage credits; subcontractors

HB 2074: Water banking; storage credits; subcontractors

In Brief: Allows the Arizona Water Banking Authority to directly distribute long-term storage credits to M&I Subcontractors

Sponsor(s): Pratt

Last Action: Assigned to House NREW Committee 1/14. Did not receive a hearing.

Description: For nearly three decades the Arizona Water Banking Authority (AWBA) has stored Colorado River water underground to supplement the water supplies of Central Arizona Project (CAP) Municipal & Industrial (M&I) subcontractors. To access the stored water in times of shortage, current statutes require that the AWBA must first transfer the LTSC to CAP for recovery. This bill would provide the AWBA with the option to distribute LTSC directly to M&I subcontractors. The concept of direct distribution is an outcome of a stakeholder effort to plan for the recovery of water supplies stored by the AWBA. This legislative change would provide flexibility and simplicity for recovery of AWBA credits and reduces the cost of recovery to end users.

Link: https://apps.azleg.gov/BillStatus/BillOverview/74423

2021 - Fifty-fifth Legislature - First Regular Session
Water banking; storage credits; subcontractors

SB 1147: Water banking; storage credits; subcontractors

In Brief: Allows the Arizona Water Banking Authority to directly distribute long-term storage credits to M&I Subcontractors

Sponsor(s): Kerr

Last Action: Signed by Governor 4/14

Description: For nearly three decades the Arizona Water Banking Authority (AWBA) has stored Colorado River water underground to supplement the water supplies of Central Arizona Project (CAP) Municipal & Industrial (M&I) subcontractors. To access the stored water in times of shortage, current statutes require that the AWBA must first transfer the LTSC to CAP for recovery. This bill would provide the AWBA with the option to distribute LTSC directly to M&I subcontractors. The concept of direct distribution is an outcome of a stakeholder effort to plan for the recovery of water supplies stored by the AWBA. This legislative change would provide flexibility and simplicity for recovery of AWBA credits and reduces the cost of recovery to end users.

Link: https://apps.azleg.gov/BillStatus/BillOverview/74614

2021 - Fifty-fifth Legislature - First Regular Session
Groundwater; waterlogged area exemption; date

HB 2078: Groundwater; waterlogged area exemption; date

In Brief: Extends exemptions associated with the Buckeye Waterlogged Area (BWLA) through 2034.

Sponsor(s): Dunn

Last Action: Signed by Governor 2/5

Description: The Buckeye Waterlogged Area (BWLA) was established by the Legislature in 1988, covering an area surrounding the Gila River from confluence with the Salt River west to Gillespie Dam, which includes part of Avondale and Goodyear. Within the BWLA, farmlands are exempt from water duties, certain irrigation districts are exempt from conservation requirements, and entities pumping groundwater are not required to pay withdrawal fees. Statute requires that ADWR review the area’s hydrologic conditions and make a recommendation to the Governor and Legislature on whether or not the exemptions should continue. ADWR published its findings in December 2019 and recommended that the BWLA continue through 2034. This bill would extend the BWLA exemptions through 2034, as recommended by ADWR.

Link: https://apps.azleg.gov/BillStatus/BillOverview/74429

2021 - Fifty-fifth Legislature - First Regular Session
Groundwater; waterlogged area exemption; date

SB 1021: Groundwater; waterlogged area exemption; date

In Brief: Extends exemptions associated with the Buckeye Waterlogged Area (BWLA) through 2034.

Sponsor(s): Kerr

Last Action: HB 2078 signed by Governor on 2/8

Description: The Buckeye Waterlogged Area (BWLA) was established by the Legislature in 1988, covering an area surrounding the Gila River from confluence with the Salt River west to Gillespie Dam, which includes part of Avondale and Goodyear. Within the BWLA, farmlands are exempt from water duties, certain irrigation districts are exempt from conservation requirements, and entities pumping groundwater are not required to pay withdrawal fees. Statute requires that ADWR review the area’s hydrologic conditions and make a recommendation to the Governor and Legislature on whether or not the exemptions should continue. ADWR published its findings in December 2019 and recommended that the BWLA continue through 2034. This bill would extend the BWLA exemptions through 2034, as recommended by ADWR.

Link: https://apps.azleg.gov/BillStatus/BillOverview/74310

2021 - Fifty-fifth Legislature - First Regular Session
Well drilling; groundwater basins

HB 2203: Well drilling; groundwater basins

In Brief: Establishes a well drilling moratorium in the Upper San Pedro and Verde Valley Subbasins

Sponsor(s): Cano

Last Action: Assigned to House NREW Committee 1/20. Did not receive a hearing.

Description: Establishes a well drilling moratorium that prevents new wells in the Upper San Pedro and Verde Valley groundwater subbasins until the conclusion of the General Stream Adjudication unless a well is a replacement well or does not pump subflow.

Link: https://apps.azleg.gov/BillStatus/BillOverview/74640

2021 - Fifty-fifth Legislature - First Regular Session
Well drilling; groundwater basins

SB 1079: Well drilling; groundwater basins

In Brief: Establishes a well drilling moratorium in the Upper San Pedro and Verde Valley Subbasins

Sponsor(s): Steele

Last Action: Assigned to Senate NREW Committee 1/12. Did not receive a hearing.

Description: Establishes a well drilling moratorium that prevents new wells in the Upper San Pedro and Verde Valley groundwater subbasins until the conclusion of the General Stream Adjudication unless a well is a replacement well or does not pump subflow.

Link: https://apps.azleg.gov/BillStatus/BillOverview/74426

2021 - Fifty-fifth Legislature - First Regular Session
Wells; permits; spacing rules

HB 2204: Wells; permits; spacing rules

In Brief: Mandates water use metering and reporting for groundwater wells throughout the state

Sponsor(s): Cano

Last Action: Assigned to House NREW Committee 1/20. Did not receive a hearing.

Description: Requires that ADWR adopt rules governing the location of new and replacement wells >35 gpm located outside of AMAs, within groundwater basins that the Director determines to be experiencing declining groundwater levels.

Link: https://apps.azleg.gov/BillStatus/BillOverview/74641