CAWCD Board meets for June meeting: Approves Northeastern Arizona Indian Water Rights Settlement Agreement and several items related to taxes and water rates

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The Central Arizona Water Conservation District Board (CAWCD) met Thursday, June 6 at Central Arizona Project’s (CAP’s) north Phoenix headquarters. The Board approved the Northeastern Arizona Indian Water Rights Settlement Agreement. The agreement, if approved by all parties and funded by Congress, will provide water supply certainty in the Colorado River and Little Colorado River watersheds, in relation to the tribal water right claims. It will also fund the infrastructure needed to provide drinking water supplies to members of the Navajo Nation, Hopi Tribe and San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe.

“Congratulations to all parties involved for finding a path forward to protect our shared resource in the Colorado River,” said Brenda Burman, CAP General Manager.

Regarding tax rates, the Board voted to:

Following a report from the CAGRD and Underground Storage Committee meeting, the Board adopted a Member Service Agreement between CAWCD and Global Water, which has applied to the Arizona Department of Water Resources for a Designation of Assured Water Supply for Farmers Water Company in Sahuarita, Ariz.

The Board additionally heard presentations on water operations, Colorado River conditions and Colorado River discussions.

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 County. 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. Meetings are open to the public – in person and via livestream.

For additional details on the June 6, 2024 board meeting, take a look at the agenda. Board minutes and video will be posted here, as well.

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