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2006

Arizona Water Policy Management Innovations in an Urbanizing, Arid Region

Resources for the Future Press

Editors : Bonnie G. Colby and Katharine L. Jacobs

Editeur : Resources for the Future Press
Date de parution : October 2006
Pages : 270

Présentation

The central challenge encountered by Arizona and many other arid regions in the world is keeping a sustainable water supply in the face of rapid population growth and other competing demands.

This book highlights new approaches that Arizona has pioneered for managing its water needs. The state has burgeoning urban areas, large agricultural regions, water-dependent habitats for endangered fish and wildlife, and a growing demand for water-based recreation. A multi-year drought and climate-related variability in water supply complicate the intense competition for water.

Written by well-known Arizona water experts, the essays in the book address these issues from academic, professional, and policy perspectives that include economics, climatology, law, and engineering. Among the innovations explored in the book is Arizona’s Groundwater Management Act. Arizona is not alone in its challenges. As one of the seven states in the Colorado River Basin that depend heavily on the river, Arizona must cooperate, and sometimes compete, with other state, tribal, and federal governments.

One institution that furthers regional cooperation is the water bank, which encourages groundwater recharge of surplus surface water during wet years so that the water remains available during dry years. The Groundwater Management Act imposes conservation requirements and establishes planning and investment programs in renewable water supplies.

The essays in Arizona Water Policy are carefully edited so they are accessible for a broad policy-oriented and nonacademic readership. The book explores Arizona’s water management and extracts lessons that are important for arid and semi-arid areas worldwide.

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