1980 Arizona Groundwater Code

•Identified areas with heavily mined groundwater and designated them as Active Management Areas (“AMA’s”)

•AMA’s are subject to regulation under the Groundwater Code

•Primary goal of the Phoenix, Prescott and Tucson AMA’s is safe yield by 2025: No more groundwater withdrawn than is being replaced

•Pinal AMA (primarily agricultural) goal is to preserve the economy for as long as feasible while considering preservation

•Santa Cruz AMA: maintain safe yield and prevent long term decline in water table 

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