New year begins with Stephen Miller (Pinal County) and Marie Pearthree (Pima County) joining
The Central Arizona Water Conservation District Board of Directors (CAWCD) convened virtually on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021 for its January 2021 board meeting. CAWCD Board President Lisa Atkins chaired the meeting from the headquarters boardroom and all other board members participated via WebEx. The public was invited to watch the livestream and to provide public comment via the Board’s online “Blue Card.” CAWCD Board meetings will be held virtually through at least March 2021, in accordance with CAP’s headquarters closure to keep employees safe and water flowing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Joining virtually for the first time were and Stephen Miller (Pinal County) and Marie Pearthree (Pima County) who were sworn in at the December Board meeting, along with three returning Pima County Board Members: Karen Cesare, Pat Jacobs and Mark Taylor. Their six-year terms began Jan. 1, 2021.
Other than approving minutes from the Dec. 3, 2020 CAWCD Board Meeting, the Board took no further action, but did hear several updates regarding:
- CAP Asset Management and Infrastructure Health
- Draft Letter Agreement for the Salt River Project to CAP Interconnect Feasibility Study (will be on February Board agenda for approval)
- Colorado River Conditions
- Binational Desalination Efforts with Implication to Yuma Area Water Management and Salinity
- ICS Creation and System Conservation for 2020 and 2021
- 2020 Water Operations Update and 2021 Annual Operating Plan
The CAWCD Board of Directors is a popularly elected, 15-member board. Ten members are from Maricopa County, four from Pima County and one from Pinal. Members serve six-year, unpaid terms. The board typically meets publicly the first Thursday of each month to establish policy and set rates and taxes for CAP.