Pinal groundwater panel says state ‘steamrolling’ management plan

A map shows the different Active Management Areas in Arizona. The Pinal AMA, sandwiched between Phoenix and Tucson AMAs, is one of the three largest.
/ Arizona Department of Water Resources

By Suzanne Adams-Okrassa | PinalCentral

The Groundwater Users Advisory Council for the Pinal Active Management Area is accusing the Arizona Department of Water Resources of “steamrolling” the fourth iteration of the area’s water management plan through the approval process without enough time for public comment.

The Pinal council met by video conference Wednesday with representatives from ADWR, who described the changes from the current Pinal AMA plan and the draft of the fourth plan.

Active Management Area plans are in place for the Phoenix, Pinal, Prescott, Santa Cruz and Tucson areas. The plans were created as part of Arizona’s 1980 Groundwater Management Act and are designed to control the use and encourage the conservation of groundwater in those locations.

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