Casa Grande Water Foundation Tour

In mid-February, the Water Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization headquartered in Sacramento, CA, led a three-day tour exploring water and water-use challenges facing southern Arizona in the 21st century. Participants included more than 51 individuals representing state and federal agencies, industry, and not-for-profits groups. 

On 16 February, AZGS’s Joe Cook and Mike Conway joined the group at the southern end of the Casa Grande Mountains, near the intersection of South Sunland Gin Road and West Hauser Road, to describe the impact of ground water overdrafts on subsidence and earth fissure formation in alluvial basins of south-central Arizona. 

A partial list of participating agencies and groups, includes:

  • Salt River Project
  • Bureau of Reclamation
  • US Bureau of Land Management
  • University of Alberta
  • Central Arizona Project
  • Rosemont Copper Company
  • Tucson Metro Water District
  • Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
  • University of Calgary
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Freeport-McMoRan
  • Montgomery & Associates
  • City of Glendale
  • Brown and Caldwell
  • Environmental Defense Fund
  • US Bureau of Indian Affairs
  • El Paso Natural Gas Company
  • Arizona House of Representatives
  • UA Cooperative Extension