Tag: water usage

$100,000 prize awaits winner of water challenge

October 2014

The Arizona Community Foundation, Republic Media and Morrison Institute for Public Policy put our heads together to come up with the next big idea for Arizona water, and here's what we came up with: How about we open it up to the great minds out there instead?

Gammage: Not a water czar, but cares about water

August 2014

Morrison Institute Senior Research Fellow Grady Gammage Jr. responded to recent criticism from an Arizona Republic guest column that no, he is not the state's self-appointed "water czar."

Rural AZ must have a say in future water policy

May 2014

Tony Gioia, vice chairman of the Verde River Basin Partnership, wrote a commentary in the Camp Verde Bugle that it's important that all of Arizona -- including rural areas -- have a say in determining Arizona's future water policies.

In doing so, Gioia cited the Morrison Institute for Public Policy project, Arizona's Water Future, by writing:

New Era of Arizona Water Challenges

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May 2014
M. Byron Lewis

Arizona is now entering a new era of water challenges prompted by the need to consider, confront, and find solutions to predicted water supply, and demand imbalances in the future.  This paper by water attorney M. Byron Lewis discusses studies predicting water supply limitations, possible sources of augmentation of Arizona’s water supply discussed in those studies, and significant legal and political challenges to overcome in finding solutions to supply and demand imbalances.

Water debate: Will raising rates prompt conservation?

May 2014

There's a great debate bubbling up from the desert floor: Would raising water rates result in a decline in water use?

Cronkite News Service asked that question of Arizona water experts, including Morrison Institute for Public Policy.

Not surpising, the experts differed on such a plan's outome:

To Dan Hunting, a senior policy analyst for Arizona State University’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy, it’s no surprise then that so many Tucson homes don’t have lawns.

Republic editorial board visit: Planning key to meeting AZ's future water supply and demand

November 2013

Retired U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl and former Central Arizona Project board president Grady Gammage, with allies Richard Morrison and Sue Clark-Johnson of the Morrison Institute, are promoting the need for a new conversation on water. These are excerpts from a visit to the Republic’s editorial board.

Are you seeing a change in attitudes about water?

Gammage: Two recent surveys put water up the list of priorities much higher than I would have expected. Frankly, it was higher than I would put it.

So the people are ready. Are leaders catching up to them?

Gammage: People are ready and interested in the subject and want to talk about it, but like most political choices they think it can mostly be solved by somebody else getting more efficient.

The lifestyle we enjoy here is one that has been supported by abundant and relatively inexpensive water. I’m not necessarily an advocate for getting rid of that. But we have to recognize that there are costs to that lifestyle, and you may not be able to continue it with as many people as we think should be here. That’s one of the tradeoffs.

What’s the biggest challenge?

Kyl: If you look at the big picture long term, both inter- and intrastate, the demand will exceed the supply of water.

The ultimate recommendation is one of augmentation. That could include cloud seeding, desalination, lot of other ideas. That is such a big, high-cost proposition that some planning needs to begin soon. First, everyone is going to want to know who exactly has what amount of water and what can they do with it within Arizona.

Our neighboring states have faced severe rationing. Will it take that to bring action here?

Gammage: We have to move before we get to that point. That’s the trick. We don’t have a constraint that places like Albuquerque and Santa Fe have that force dramatic action. We don’t have the constraint that Las Vegas has, where they’re paying people to rip up grass. We’ve done lots of incremental things that had a major impact. We don’t have those immediate crises and restraints, but we have to take it every bit as seriously or we’ll wind up there.

Kyl: It’s good new and bad news that we don’t face a crisis right now. In the past we wouldn’t always get to the nub of things unless there was a crisis that forced the hands of all the competing interests. That doesn’t make for the best solutions always. We have time right now to begin a long, complicated, expensive, difficult process.

How does it start?

Kyl: That’s the big question. The Arizona Department of Water Resources is going to be coming out with a study and vision statement. That will generate some discussion. It’s this first blowing of the bugle.

What really has to evolve here is a longterm commitment of the body politic, the opinion leaders, the people who can make things happen in this state over a long period of time to tackle each of these issues and develop the solutions and get them in the law to happen. We’re talking about the fifth era of Arizona water law.

Does forest restoration play a role?

Kyl: Watershed management is literally one of these win-win-win-win propositions. You restore the forests to their pre-settlement condition and health, better flora and fauna, it looks better, it produces more water runoff and it’s not susceptible to fire as much.

Retired U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl and former Central Arizona Project board president Grady Gammage, with allies Richard Morrison and Sue Clark-Johnson of the Morrison Institute, are promoting the need for a new conversation on water. These are excerpts from a visit to the Republic’s editorial board.

Tucson is a desert town, Phoenix is 'an oasis'

Friday, October 18, 2013

The Arizona Daily Star reports that water demand in Tucson and much of Arizona and the Western region is dropping on a per capita basis, but Robert Glennon, a professor in the University of Arizona College of Law, notes: "Go to Phoenix, and the water is still flowing into the street from overwatered lawns.”

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Sustaining Phoenix - Valley of the Sun: Beyond Desert Survival

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April 2013
Grady Gammage, Jr

This report examines the sustainability of Phoenix, a desert city that some critics say is at risk due to extreme climate, water supply, growth demands and politics.

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