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Forty-ninth Legislature, Second Regular Session




department of water resources; continuation




           Continues the Arizona Department of Water Resources for ten years.




Established in 1980, the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR) is responsible for managing Arizona’s water resources to ensure long-term water supplies for the state. ADWR administers and enforces Arizona’s groundwater and surface water law, and represents the state’s water rights for the state and with the federal government. In order to carry out its role, ADWR administers several programs related to dam safety and flood damage protection, assured and adequate water supply administration, general stream adjudication support, rural water studies, conservation and drought programs, and automated groundwater monitoring, among others. ADWR is authorized to establish and collect fees—in statute and by rule—to carry out its statutory responsibilities.


            ADWR is funded by appropriations from the state General Fund, as well as other appropriated, nonappropriated and federal funds. In FY 2010, ADWR was appropriated $16,879,900 in state General Fund monies.


            The Senate Natural Resources, Infrastructure and Public Debt and the House of Representatives Water & Energy Committee of Reference (COR) held a public hearing on October 28, 2009 to review ADWR’s response to the sunset provisions, as required by A.R.S. § 41-2954.  The COR recommended that ADWR be continued for ten years.


            There is no anticipated fiscal impact to the state General Fund associated with this legislation.




1.      Continues, retroactive to July 1, 2010, ADWR until July 1, 2020.


2.      Repeals ADWR on January 1, 2021.


3.      Contains a purpose statement.


4.      Becomes effective on the general effective date, with a retroactive provision as noted.


House Action


WE                  1/21/10            DP       8-0-0-0

3rd Read           2/17/10                        52-5-3-0


Prepared by Senate Research

March 4, 2010