“CAP is also fortunate to benefit from the solid backing of the entire Arizona Congressional delegation, particularly Senator Flake, who took the lead on this issue. The collaboration of the Governor, as well as Arizona’s agricultural organizations, municipalities and tribes was critical to this effort. Nowhere will one find a better example of teamwork,” said Lisa Atkins, CAP board President.
Reaching agreement with the Bureau of Reclamation was necessary because the CAP is a federal project that is subject to a complex set of existing agreements and laws. The System Use Agreement unifies provisions of multiple agreements and resolves many long-standing issues related to CAP’s operation of the system. By establishing an overall framework, the agreement will allow the CAP infrastructure to be used in more efficient and innovative ways. Those innovations are crucial to the success of efforts by CAP and state water agencies to manage risks from drought and shortages on the Colorado River, and they are consistent with Arizona’s long-standing commitment to proactive water management.
“This overall framework, years in the making, is another positive step in ensuring a safe and reliable water supply. Arizona’s leaders including Senator Flake, Governor Ducey, and the members of the CAP Board should be lauded for continuing Arizona’s legacy by convening stakeholders to work in a collaborative fashion to address water issues for years and decades to come. At a critical time when we must all think about ways to address drought and shortages, an ability to implement flexible and innovative response is good news for all of us.”
~ Thomas Galvin