Kyl Center for Water Policy

Seeking water solutions

The Kyl Center for Water Policy at Morrison Institute promotes research, analysis, collaboration and dialogue to build consensus on sound water stewardship for Arizona and the West.



Arizona Water Blueprint

Arizona Water Blueprint
Coming in 2019
A dynamic web-based visualization tool to foster understanding and to support planning and decision-making.

Water Index
Resiliency Scorecards
Coming in 2019
The Water Index promotes informed discussion of water challenges and assists decision makers in sound
management strategies

Adjudication Reform
Coming in 2019
The Kyl Water Center is working with stakeholders to find ways to settle water rights claims and ensure that individuals and communities have the water certainty they need.

Water for Agriculture
Water for Agriculture
Coming in 2019




The Price of Uncertainty

The Price of Uncertainty
By Kathleen Ferris, Sarah Porter, Grady Gammage Jr., Ana Lopez

What water-related questions do people at the cutting edge of economic development ask when evaluating a site for potential investment? The Price of Uncertainty explores how the Gila Adjudication clouds the water certainty individuals, businesses and communities need for sound water stewardship and future prosperity.


Water Security report2

Water Security
By Rhett B. Larson

Climate change as the dominant paradigm is obsolete because it fails to adequately resonate with the concerns of the general public and fails to integrate fundamental sustainability challenges related to economic development and population growth. The water security paradigm directly addresses the main reasons climate change ultimately matters to most people—droughts, floods, plagues, and wars.



Kyl Water Center
August 22, 2018

Craig: A River Runs Through Our Pipes

Kyl Water Center
March 6, 2018

Porter: Day Zero and the Politics of Water

Kyl Water Center
March 16, 2017

Porter: The future of desalination in Arizona

Arizona Capitol Times
April 21, 2016

Gysel: Arizona’s voice in national water policy discussions

January 4, 2016

Ferris: Five Actions To Secure Arizona’s Water Future

The Arizona Republic
January 2, 2016

Porter: 2 legislative priorities for Arizona water

Kyl Water Center
March 23, 2016

Porter: Arizona, we need a deeper understanding

Arizona Capitol Times
August 13, 2015

Porter: Water management article overlooked key facts

Kyl Water Center
July 24, 2015

Porter: Getting a handle on Arizona’s water future

Kyl Water Center
May 20, 2015

Porter: Putting agricultural water demands in perspective

April 13, 2015

Ferris: Why AZ is better prepared for drought than Calif.




Better discussion leads to better solutions

The Kyl Center convenes multiple Water Forums and Leaders Roundtables throughout the year. These programs are designed to engage the public and decision makers.

Upcoming: To be announced



We would love to hear from you.

Sarah Porter, Director
(602) 496-0586

Susan Craig, Water Policy Analyst
(602) 496-0218

Julia (Chrissie) Bausch, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar

Simone Kjolsrud, Water Index Research Assistant

Mailing Address:
Kyl Center for Water Policy
Arizona State University at the Downtown Phoenix Campus
411 N. Central Avenue, Suite 900
Phoenix, AZ 85004-0692
Mail Code 4220

Media Contact:
Sarah Porter
(602) 496-0586 office
(602) 828-0866 cell

The Kyl Center for Water Policy is a nonpartisan water think tank. Named after U.S. Senator Jon Kyl, a universally respected water expert and leader, we promote research, analysis, collaboration and open dialogue to identify opportunities for consensus to ensure sound water stewardship for Arizona and the Western region.

Kyl Water Center Advisory Board
A diverse group with a wide and varied background, representing a variety of sectors and interests to ensure a broad perspective with a number of viewpoints. The Board serves as champions for the Kyl Center, provides input on strategic direction, and assists with fund development.
Meet the Board

Kyl Water Center Distinguished Fellows
Kathy Ferris
Rhett Larson