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AUTHORIZATION TO SUPPORT AND SIGN THE NON-INDIAN AGRICULTURE MITIGATION AGREEMENT
Presented by: Craig Johnson, P.E., Director, Water Services
Purpose and Recommended Action
This is a request for City Council to waive reading beyond the title and authorize the City Manager to support and sign the 2019 Non-Indian Agriculture (NIA) Mitigation Agreement which mitigates reductions to Central Arizona Project (CAP) NIA Priority water under the Drought Contingency Plan (DCP).
On April 16, 2019, the President of the United States signed Pub. L. No. 116-14, requiring the United States Department of Interior to implement the Colorado River Drought Contingency Plans, which includes the Lower Basin Drought Contingency Plan (LBDCP) Agreement. The LBDCP is an agreement between the states of California, Nevada, and Arizona whereas the interstate DCP and the DCP Framework Agreement are the overarching documents that include both the Upper and Lower Basin States. We will refer to DCP (not LBDCP) in the remainder of this report.
These agreements are designed to address falling water elevations in Lake Powell and Lake Mead. The DCP Agreement requires reductions in Arizona’s Colorado River supply at various Lake Mead elevations. The lowest priority CAP water will be cut first which includes NIA priority water as identified under the DCP Agreement.
Through various contracts, subcontracts, and agreements with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Central Arizona Water Conservation District (CAWCD), and other parties, the City of Glendale and other cities are legally entitled to Non-Indian Agricultural Priority water from the CAP. Consistent with the DCP Framework Agreement, various Arizona parties are entering into agreements and arrangements that, taken together, are intended to partially “mitigate” the impacts of DCP Reductions on lower-priority CAP water users.
The Non-Indian Agriculture (NIA) Mitigation Agreement will run concurrent with the DCP through 2026. This agreement ensures that in any year between 2020 and 2025, when Glendale is under DCP shortage cuts, that CAWCD will utilize available mitigation resources to provide NIA Mitigation water to the City. The agreement is also structured to uphold the existing priority system for water deliveries and to ensure that Glendale’s existing contracts for Colorado River water remain unchanged.
Previous Related Council Action
On April 23, 2019, the Water Services Department provided an update at Council Workshop on Glendale’s Colorado River supply and background information on the DCP.
Community Benefit/Public Involvement
Support for and signature of the Non-Indian Agriculture Mitigation Agreement is an important part of the implementation of the DCP, helping to provide certainty of CAP supply for the citizens of Glendale.
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