Tucson changes mind about CAP allotment

Tucson desert scene

Arizona’s Colorado River entitlement was drastically cut by the Bureau of Reclamation in an announcement earlier this month.

The City of Tucson was trying to do its part in conserving water by volunteering to leave 30,000 acre-feet of its annual 144,191 acre-feet allotment in Lake Mead.  According to the Arizona Daily Star, the arrangement was contingent on others also cutting back on their entitlements.  No one else stepped up to the plate, so the City Council voted to reverse course and order its full Central Arizona Project (CAP) allotment next year. The Arizona Daily Star (at Tuscon.com) reports that the City Council is unwilling to bear the burden of saving water alone.

A fact sheet detailing the effects of the Colorado River shortage published by the Central Arizona Project and Arizona Department of Water Resources can be viewed here.


Since 1995, Deborah has owned and operated LegalTech LLC with a focus on water rights. Before moving to Arizona in 1986, she worked as a quality control analyst for Honeywell and in commercial real estate, both in Texas. She learned about Arizona's water rights from the late and great attorney Michael Brophy of Ryley, Carlock & Applewhite. Her side interests are writing (and reading), Wordpress programming and much more.

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