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2020 - Fifty-fourth Legislature Second Regular Session
Appropriation; DWR; additional staff

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

2020 - Fifty-fourth Legislature Second Regular Session
Dam safety study committee

HB 2098: Dam safety study committee

In Brief: Establishes a Dam Safety Study Committee.

Sponsor(s): Griffin

Last Action: Assigned to House NREW Committee

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

2020 - Fifty-fourth Legislature Second Regular Session
Appropriation; Arizona water protection fund

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: Passed Approps. Committee 1/30

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

2020 - Fifty-fourth Legislature Second Regular Session
Water; well metering; nonexempt wells

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: Awaiting committee assignment

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

2020 - Fifty-fourth Legislature Second Regular Session
Water adequacy requirements; statewide applicability

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: Awaiting committee assignment

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

2020 - Fifty-fourth Legislature Second Regular Session
Exempt wells; capacity

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: Awaiting committee assignment

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

2020 - Fifty-fourth Legislature Second Regular Session
Appropriation; DEQ; testing; remediation

HB 2212: Appropriation; DEQ; testing; remediation

In Brief: Appropriates $500,000 to ADEQ for PFAS testing.

Sponsor(s): Gabaldón

Last Action: Awaiting committee assignment

Description: Appropriates $500,000 for ADEQ to test public water systems for PFAS and assist systems that exceed the health advisory level determined by the U.S. EPA.

Link: https://apps.azleg.gov/BillStatus/BillOverview/72836?SessionId=122

2020 - Fifty-fourth Legislature Second Regular Session
WQARF; appropriation

HB 2213: WQARF; appropriation

In Brief: Appropriates $20 million from the general fund to the Water Quality Assurance Revolving Fund (WQARF).

Sponsor(s): Gabaldón

Last Action: Awaiting committee assignment

Description: Appropriates $20 million from the general fund in FY2020-21 to the Water Quality Assurance Revolving Fund. WQARF is a state-sponsored program established by the Legislature and administered by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality to clean up hazardous soil and groundwater contamination.

Link: https://apps.azleg.gov/BillStatus/BillOverview/72837?SessionId=122

2020 - Fifty-fourth Legislature Second Regular Session
Water measuring devices; report

HB 2226: Water measuring devices; report

In Brief: Authorizes the ADWR to require water measuring and reporting for groundwater pumping in areas outside of the AMAs.

Sponsor(s): Kavanagh

Last Action: Awaiting committee assignment

Description: Authorizes the ADWR Director to require water measuring and reporting for groundwater pumping in areas outside of the AMAs. This requirement may only be applied to wells with a maximum pump capacity greater than 35 gpm.

Link: https://apps.azleg.gov/BillStatus/BillOverview/72872?SessionId=122

2020 - Fifty-fourth Legislature Second Regular Session
Appropriation; wastewater treatment infrastructure

HB 2286: Appropriation; wastewater treatment infrastructure

In Brief: Appropriates $5 million for the construction of infrastructure to treat wastewater from Luke Air Force Base.

Sponsor(s): Osborne & 3 others

Last Action: Assigned to House NREW and Approps. Committees 1/22

Description: Luke Air Force Base’s (AFB) wastewater treatment plant was originally constructed in 1942 and is approaching the end of its useful life. The City of Glendale has agreed to receive and treat wastewater from Luke AFB using the City’s infrastructure. This bill would appropriate $5 million from the general fund in FY2020-21 to defray costs associated with the construction of water reclamation infrastructure related to this project.

Link: https://apps.azleg.gov/BillStatus/BillOverview/72928?SessionId=122