Phoenix Water Resiliency in the Face of Drought and Climate Change
The State of Arizona has been in a state of prolonged drought for over 20 years and the federal government has declared the first shortage on the Colorado River beginning in 2022.
Join us on October 21 at 5:00pm for a presentation with Cynthia Campbell
Cynthia Campbell is the Water Resources Management Advisor for the City of Phoenix, a position she has held for over 5 years. She manages the City’s water portfolio and advises the City Manager and Water Services Department on policy issues relating to long-range water planning and strategy. She is the City’s liaison with the State of Arizona, Central Arizona Project, Salt River Project and other organizations on water resource issues. Prior to accepting the role of Water Resources Management Advisor, Cynthia served the City of Phoenix as an Assistant City Attorney for five years. She also spent five years as Compliance Manager of the Water Quality Division of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and three years as an Assistant Attorney General at the Arizona Attorney General’s Office. She is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Law and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
The Colorado River is overallocated among 7 Basin States, including Arizona. In addition, the region is in the midst of a long drought (20+ years in Arizona). The combination of these problems has resulted in record low volumes of water in the Southwest’s two primary reservoirs, Lake Mead and Lake Powell. In an effort to stem the decline of Lake Mead, the Lower Basin states of California, Nevada and Arizona have been discussing a Lower Basin Drought Contingency Plan (LBDCP). The LBDCP proposes significant reductions in deliveries from Lake Mead, especially for Arizona. These reductions will have very real impacts on Central Arizona, including Central Arizona agriculture, Native American tribes and cities, including Phoenix. While the other two Lower Basin states have agreed to implement DCP, Arizona stakeholders are engaged in intensive negotiations on how to implement LBDCP in Arizona. The Arizona Department of Water Resources expects to introduce legislation during the upcoming Arizona session, so time is of the essence. Ms. Campbell is a member of the Arizona LBDCP Steering Committee on behalf of the City of Phoenix. She will provide an overview of the LBDCP and discuss the issues facing Central Arizona’s Colorado River users in implementing the LBDCP.
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