2022 Plan of Operation
February 3, 2022
In 2022, the Colorado River will operate under a Lower Basin Tier 1 shortage condition, which effectively reduces Arizona's Colorado River entitlement by 512,000 acre-feet. Accordingly, there will be no excess CAP water available to the AWBA for storage. While significant, the reductions in Colorado River supplies in 2022 will not impact supplies available for CAP M&I subcontractors and on-River M&I contractors. However, the reductions will impact supplies made available to Tribes under the Arizona Water Settlements Act of 2004, resulting in the AWBA's first-ever firming requirement. In the absence of excess CAP water, the AWBA plans to make progress on its firming goals through credit acquisitions.