Date: Apr 20, 2021

On Friday, April 2, 2021, the Arizona Department of Water Resources and the Central Arizona Project released a joint statement on the presumption of a “Tier 1” shortage declaration on the Colorado River.

A “Tier 1” shortage declared on the river will result in an additional 320,000 acre-feet cut, for a total of 520,000 acre-feet reduction per year starting in 2022. These expanded cuts will impact agriculture operations in central Arizona, namely Pinal County, the hardest. Delivery of Colorado River water will be reduced by nearly 50% in 2022, then terminated in 2023 and thereafter.

Click here to read Arizona Department of Water Resources and the Central Arizona Project’s full statement.

For more information, contact Western Growers’ Arizona Government Affairs Manager Robert Medler at or (949) 308-5658.

WG Staff Contact

Matthew Allen
Vice President, State Government Affairs

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