Overview of CAGRD's Planning Requirements
CAGRD is required by law to submit a plan of operation to the Director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR) every ten years per Arizona Revised Statutes (ARS) § 45-576.02.C. The purpose of the plan of operation, as defined by statute, is to describe the activities that CAGRD proposes to undertake during the 100 calendar years following submittal of the plan. The plan must include the following information for the Phoenix, Pinal and Tucson AMAs:
- CAGRD's groundwater replenishment obligations and the extent to which those obligations have been met in the ten years preceding submittal of the plan.
- An estimate of CAGRD's current and projected groundwater replenishment obligations, as that term is defined and used in title 48, chapter 22, for current members for the twenty calendar years following the submission of the plan and an estimate of the district's projected groundwater replenishment obligations for the one hundred calendar years following the submission of the plan for current members and potential members based on reasonable projections of real property and service areas that could qualify for membership in the ten years following the submission of the plan.
- A description of the water resources that CAGRD plans to use for replenishment purposes during the twenty calendar years following submission of the plan and water resources potentially available to the conservation district for groundwater replenishment purposes during the subsequent eighty calendar years.
- A description of CAGRD's current replenishment reserve activities in each active management area for the ten years preceding the current plan and planned replenishment reserve activities for the ensuing ten years to be undertaken pursuant to ARS § 48-3772, subsection E.
- A description of any facilities and projects to be used for replenishment and the replenishment capacity available to CAGRD during the twenty calendar years following submission of the plan.
- An analysis of potential storage facilities that may be used by CAGRD for replenishment purposes.
- A description of CAGRD's capability to meet the current and projected groundwater replenishment obligations for the twenty calendar years following the calendar year in which the conservation district submits the plan.
- Any other information that the Director may require.
To comply with the Water Sufficiency and Availability Act of 2000 and the provisions outlined in ARS § 45-576.07.B, the plan must also include the following information:
- An estimate of CAGRD's current and projected commitments to member service areas that have or will be granted water availability status by CAGRD.
- A description of the transportation facilities and available capacity in those facilities to be used in satisfying CAGRD's groundwater replenishment obligations during the twenty calendar years following plan submittal.
- An analysis of potential transportation facilities and available capacity in those facilities that could be used in satisfying CAGRD's groundwater replenishment obligations during the one hundred calendar years following plan submittal.