Plans & Reports
Each year, the AWBA prepares an Annual Plan of Operation and an Annual Report. The Annual Plan of Operation is prepared in the last quarter of each year and adopted by the Commission at its December Regular Quarterly Meeting. The Annual Report is prepared for the previous year, adopted by the Commission at its June Regular Quarterly Meeting and submitted to the Governor's Office and the Offices of the President of the Senate the Speaker of the House no later than July 1 of each year.
The Annual Report details the AWBA's activities for the previous calendar year.
The AWBA had no excess CAP water supplies available for storage in 2021. As a result, the AWBA continued to make progress on its firming goals and obligations through other means. The AWBA purchased 7,863 acre-feet of LTSCs including 6,500 acre-feet in the Phoenix AMA and 1,363 acre-feet in the Tucson AMA. Cumulatively, the AWBA has accrued or acquired 4,370,000 acre-feet of LTSCs. Of this amount, 3,760,000 acre-feet are for Arizona uses and 610,000 acre-feet are interstate credits stored on behalf of the State of Nevada. Additionally, the AWBA purchased 4,196 acre-feet of intentionally created surplus firming credits pursuant to its 2019 agreement with the Community.
The Plan of Operation describes the AWBA's planned activities for the upcoming year.
In 2023, the Colorado River will operate under a Lower Basin Tier 2a shortage condition, which effectively reduces Arizona's Colorado River entitlement by 592,000 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 2023 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. As a result, the AWBA will have its first-ever firming requirement. Absent excess CAP water supplies, the AWBA will continue to make progress on its firming goals through credit purchases.