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WHY IT MATTERS

Arizona’s natural beauty and resources are unique assets that contribute to our quality of life and economy.

WHAT SUCCESS LOOKS LIKE

Arizona’s natural resources are sustainably managed for future generations to support our shared prosperity.

 

The following metrics have been identified through a rigorous process in consultation with Arizona leaders and subject matter experts.

 

Natural Resources Progress Meter Data Profile Report

This local report is intended to provide timely and trusted data that can be used by communities to better inform them on how they are doing on what matters most to them. Within this document, you may compare select Arizona geographies on key measures in this Progress Meter. In future updates, these reports will contain the most recent and regularly-updated data available on-demand.

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WATER PROGRESS METER

Likelihood of Water Shortage
on the Lower Basin of the Colorado River

69% JAN 2019 AUG 2018 57%
2020 PERCENT LIKELIHOOD OF ANY SHORTAGE CONDITION
Source: Bureau of Reclamation Colorado River System 5-Year Projected Future Conditions (January 2019)
82% JAN 2019 AUG 2018 68%
2021 PERCENT LIKELIHOOD OF ANY SHORTAGE CONDITION
Source: Bureau of Reclamation Colorado River System 5-Year Projected Future Conditions (January 2019)

Officially, the August 24-month Operation Plan for Colorado River System Reservoirs projection is used to determine if a shortage will be declared in the following year based upon the January 1 expected water level.

Per Capita Water Use

119 2017 2007 152
AVERAGE RESIDENTIAL USE GPCD WITHIN ACTIVE MANAGEMENT AREAS (AMA) (2017)
Source: Arizona Department of Water Resources

Efficiency of Water Infrastructure

11.9% 2017 2010 9.6%
PERCENT OF WATER SUPPLIES LOST AND UNACCOUNTED FOR WITHIN ACTIVE MANAGEMENT AREAS AMONG PROVIDERS (2017)
Source: Arizona Department of Water Resources

Relative Amount of Arizona Population and Land Area
within Protected or Somewhat Protected Areas

85.8%
PERCENT OF ARIZONANS WITHIN PROTECTED OR SOMEWHAT PROTECTED WATER AREAS
Source: Arizona Department of Water Resources. Currently, the Protected Areas are the Active Management Areas and the Somewhat Protected Areas are the Irrigation Non-expansion Areas and the Mandatory Adequacy jurisdictions.
24.3%
PERCENT OF ARIZONA LAND THAT LIES WITHIN A PROTECTED OR SOMEWHAT PROTECTED WATER AREA
Source: Arizona Department of Water Resources. Currently, the Protected Areas are the Active Management Areas and the Somewhat Protected Areas are the Irrigation Non-expansion Areas and the Mandatory Adequacy jurisdictions.

Extent of Resolution of Arizona’s Disputed Water Rights

3
10 Basins under adjudication
Number of completed Hydrographic Survey Reports within the 10 hydrologic basins in Arizona's Gila River and Little Colorado River watersheds that have been ordered by the Superior Court
Source: Arizona Department of Water Resources
OPEN SPACE PROGRESS METER

Acres of Open Space Per Capita

4
1990: 7.6
Acres of open space including parks, preserves, and federal public lands per Arizonan (2016)
Source: Arizona State Land Department, ALRIS, US Census Bureau

Adoption of Regional/Municipal
Natural Resource Conservation Plan

3
Pima County Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan, Pinal County Open Space and Trails Plan, and City of Peoria Sonoran Preservation Program
Number of qualifying adopted municipal natural resource conservation plans in Arizona (2019)
Source: Until the City of Peoria adopted the Sonoran Preservation Program in 2015, Pima County and Pinal County were the only municipalities or counties in Arizona with a qualifying Natural Resource Conservation Plan in effect.

Disposition of State Trust Land

IN DEVELOPMENT

Trail Miles and Ratio of Trail Miles to Population

IN DEVELOPMENT

Extent of Forest Treatment to Reduce Damage
from Catastrophic Forest Fires

IN DEVELOPMENT

 

NATURAL RESOURCES
DATA INSIGHT

3

Qualifying regional or municipal Natural Resource Conservation Plans in Arizona

Over the past few years, the Central Arizona Conservation Alliance (CAZCA) composed of leaders of municipalities and the conservation community within the Maricopa County region, has been working to create a regional open space conservation plan. Known as the Maricopa County Regional Open Space Strategy (ROSS), the plan would be only the fourth in the state if it were to be adopted by area municipalities.

Source: Central Arizona Conservation Alliance

155,000

Acre-feet of lost or undeliverable water by providers in Arizona’s active management areas in 2017

Since 2007, within Arizona’s protected Active Management Areas (AMAs), we have decreased water used per person each day from 154 gallons to 119. Even so, our water systems even within AMAs can have significant water losses with almost 155,000 acre-feet (11.9%) of total water supplies being undelivered or lost in the system in 2017.

Source: Arizona Department of Water Resources

 

 

ORGANIZATIONS CONSULTED FOR THIS METER

• Arizona Department of Environmental Quality

• Arizona Department of Water Resources

• Arizona Game & Fish

• Arizona State Land Department

• Arizona State Parks and Trails

• Audubon Arizona

• Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection

• DMB Associates, Inc

• Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce

• Kyl Center for Water Policy

• Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

• Maricopa County

• Northern Arizona University

• Sonoran Institute

• Sunbelt Holdings

• The Conservation Alliance

• The Nature Conservancy

• University of Arizona Yuma Center of Excellence for Desert Agriculture

 


 

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