CAWCD Board approves three exchange agreements

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CAWCD Board Meeting

The Central Arizona Water Conservation District Board (CAWCD) met Thursday, May 2 at CAP’s north Phoenix headquarters. The meeting began with a presentation on Arizona’s Open Meeting Law from the Arizona Ombudsman Office.

The Board approved exchange and implementation agreements between the Town of Gilbert, City of Peoria and City of Scottsdale and the City of Tucson. These agreements were patterned on an exchange between the City of Phoenix and City of Tucson that was first developed in 2017. These agreements allow these entities to store CAP allocations at Tucson’s Southern Avra Valley Storage and Recovery Project to earn long-term storage credits. These innovative arrangements make efficient use of the CAP system and the infrastructure investments made by each of these parties. CAWCD is not a party to the agreements, but they are subject to approval by CAWCD and the Bureau of Reclamation. In addition, the System Use Agreement specifies that the parties enter into exchange implementation agreements with CAWCD to define the terms and conditions under which CAWCD will deliver exchange water.

The Board additionally heard a presentation on Colorado River conditions and approved a consent agenda item for a job order contract for programmable logic controllers construction at Waddell Pump/Generating Plant.

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 May 2, 2024 board meeting, take a look at the agenda. Board minutes and video will be posted here, as well.

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