Relative Amount of Population and Land Area within Protected or Somewhat Protected Water Areas of Arizona is measured by calculating the percentage of people and land within Active Management Areas (AMAs), mandatory adequacy jurisdictions and Irrigation Non-Expansion Areas (INAs) across Arizona.
Protection laws for Arizona’s water supplies are important as they provide vital water security for the state’s residents. The laws also offer investors in the region, including developers, homebuyers and business owners, confidence that they can make long-term commitments to our community without risk of being without water.
Arizona took an important step toward safeguarding its water supply in 1980 by instituting laws that protected its groundwater supplies. The first of these laws was known as the Groundwater Management Act. Thanks to this and more recent legislation, there is now a network of laws that help prevent Arizona’s valuable and finite groundwater from being overused. Some of the protections in these laws include:
Relative Amount of Population and Land Area within Protected or Somewhat Protected Areas of Arizona is updated annually and is available only for Arizona in a comparison with previous years.