Plan of Operation
By January 1st of each year, the AWBA must approve a Plan of Operation for that calendar year. The report specifies how the AWBA will operate for the year including a water delivery schedule and associated storage facilities, and the projected cost for implementation of the Plan. Prior to approval, the Plan goes through a public review process.
2022 Plan of Operation:
The 2022 Plan of Operation was adopted on December 1st, 2021.
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. 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.