Water is Arizona’s most precious resource—it grows our food, it provides vibrant recreational opportunities, it fuels Arizona’s growing economy, and sustains fish and wildlife habitats across the state. But Arizona is at a crossroads with its water security, and we are facing an uncertain future. Arizona and the West are in a ‘new normal’ with less water for human and natural uses than in the past—calling it a “drought” assumes things will go back to the old normal…but evidence shows that they won’t. Population growth over recent decades, coupled with declining snowpacks and rising temperatures is stretching water supplies to the limit, threatening some of the very things we love so much about living here. If you think of our water supply like a bank account, we are withdrawing more than we deposit.
Arizona must implement effective water policies to help our state live within our means and only use as much water as we need. It is essential that we maintain secure water supplies for cities, farms and ranches, and businesses as well as for wildlife habitats. To do that, we must all work together, creatively, to confront and design a sustainable water future that serves the needs of our economy, our recreational lifestyle, and the wildlife that depends on it.
WHEN: Thursday, September 12, 2019 – 10:00am to 11:30am
WHERE: ADWR- Conference Room 3175, 3rd Floor
The Water for Arizona Coalition is a community of Arizonans who support innovative practices and smart policies to ensure a reliable water supply to meet the state’s needs. Organizational support is provided by solution-oriented groups like American Rivers, Audubon Arizona, Business for Water Stewardship, Environmental Defense Action Fund, and Western Resource Advocates that collectively have over 60,000 Arizona members, as well as hundreds of hunters, anglers, and outdoor recreation enthusiasts across the state. Kevin Moran, a longtime Arizonan and former government relations consultant and Cox Communications executive, is the Chairman of the Coalition.
Coalition Members currently include:
- Environmental Defense Action Fund – Kevin Moran
- Western Resource Advocates – Kim Mitchell
- Audubon Arizona – Sonia Perillo
- Business for Water Stewardship – Nicole Gonzalez Patterson
- American Rivers – Jeff Odefey
Learn more, and keep in touch with us. We welcome your thoughts, insights, and solutions, and we need to all work together to create a sustainable water future for Arizona.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org