- March 8 GWAC Desalination Committee 4th Meeting
- February 10 GWAC 6th Meeting
- November 19-23 WRRC Director Sharon B. Megdal Accompanies IBWC Commissioners to the Middle East
“Stops included a transboundary wastewater treatment plant, the largest reverse osmosis desalination plant in the world, the largest wastewater treatment plant in Jordan, and a large fresh water reservoir that serves the southern part of the West Bank.”
Attended/presented at “Water Security and Sustainable Development for our Common Future” Conference 11/22-23
- November 9 GWAC Desalination Committee Meeting
Top Ten Desalination Challenges Presentation
Desalination Status in the Southwestern U.S. and Northern Mexico
Desalination in Israel
- September 20: GWAC Desalination Committee Meeting
Desalination Committee – (September 20, 2016) – YouTube
- August: GWAC Meeting “They create another subcommittee to look into a partnership with Mexico on building a desalination plant on the Sea of Cortez.“ https://asunow.asu.edu/20161006-solutions-asu-water-resources-research-part-three
- June 23-24: AMC Summit http://www.azmc.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/3.-2016-AMC-EnvWtr-Cmte-Action-Plan_Water-Resources.pdf Development of Options for New Water Supplies- next meeting: fourth quarter of 2016
- June 10: GWAC meeting. Dave Roberts adds augmentation for settlement of water rights claims https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmCyd0axqVg
- May 12: Chuck Cullom discusses desal http://www.azpbs.org/arizonahorizon/play.php?vidId=8753
- April 29
- March: Announcement of new federal Natural Resource Investment Center, desal mentioned http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2015/12/15/obama-administration-launches-all-out-push-water/77356070/
- March: Announcing that the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation is accepting applications for research, laboratory studies, and pilot projects that target increasing the usable supply of water in the United States.
Part of the Desalination and Water Purification Research Program (DWPR), these projects will confront the widening imbalances between supply and demand in basins throughout the western United States through testing and development of new advanced water treatment technologies.
- Dec. 23, 2015 Governor’s Water Augmentation Council announced.
My Turn: Israel’s water lesson for Arizona by Sharon Megdal
- “Arizona’s Water Initiative is based on and advances the activities identified in the 2014 Strategic Vision for Water Supply Sustainability Report” http://www.azwater.gov/AzDWR/PublicInformationOfficer/ArizonaWaterInitiative.htm
- Executive Order (mentions desal): http://www.azwater.gov/AzDWR/PublicInformationOfficer/documents/eo2015-13_0.pdf
- Western Coalition of Arid States – WESTCAS: Events & Presentations/2015 Events
“Seawater Desalination: Arizona’s Next Bucket”—Marc Campbell, Salt …
Marc Campbell: Sustainability Policy and Programs, Salt River Project “Marc also supports activities of the Arizona-Mexico Commission’s Environment and Water Committee, including exploration of binational desalination project opportunities.”
- October 5: “Governor Doug Ducey announced his water initiative for the State. The initiative, which is based off of and continues the work published in the 2014 Strategic Vision for Water Supply Sustainability Report, involves two tracks. The first will be to identify and prioritize the 22 planning areas identified in the report, beginning with rural areas. The goals of this track will be to look at refining the issues that are causing supply and demand imbalances; identify strategies that are likely to be successful in each planning area; and work together with local stakeholders to create solutions that Arizona can then implement to meet future water demands.
The second track will involve a team – appointed by the governor – that will investigate the long-term augmentation strategies identified for these areas, as well as explore additional water conservation opportunities, identify infrastructure needs and, ultimately, report back with policy direction or statutory changes to take Arizona into the future. The group, led by ADWR Director Thomas Buschatzke, will consist of a wide array of experts including water providers and leaders in Arizona agriculture, mining, agribusiness, homebuilding, watershed groups and government.” Governor Doug Ducey Announces Arizona Water Initiative
- Ducey’s creation of Water Augmentation Council including all 3 members of the AMC Environment and Water committee. 10 members of the Kyl Center which is meant to implement the ADWR Strategic Vision including desal.
- Ducey trip to Israel, Water Conference, desal? Sharon Megdal?
- UA Researchers Take a Closer Look at the Future of Desalination
- February 12, 2015, the Arizona House of Representatives passed HB 2445, which would establish a desalination study committee. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Steve Montenegro (R–Avondale)
- June 20, 2014 Arizona-Mexico Commission Plenary
- ADWR presentation to AMC http://www.azwater.gov/AzDWR/Arizonas_Strategic_Vision/documents/StrategicVision_AMC.pdf Poseidon Resources Corp, the company behind a California plant which is a public-private partnership held a presentation about this facility for the AMC 2014 Plenary Environment and Water Committee (titled 2-IDE Powerpoint Arizona.pdf within the zip file).
- Water Desalination Agreement of Cooperation Arizona (ADWR)/Sonora http://www.azmc.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Water-Desalination-Agreement-of-Cooperation_English.pdf
- Black & Veatch study
- Baja California’s 2014 public-private partnership law
- January: ADWR Strategic Vision released, tour
- Summer 2013 AMC discussion/tour potential of desal plant, San Carlos, with Comisión Estatal del Agua (CEA) https://www.azmc.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/catalyst_summer2013_Web.pdf
- Bureau of Reclamation: Lower Colorado Region – Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study – http://www.usbr.gov/lc/region/programs/crbstudy/finalreport/techrptF.html
- Minute 319: “Agreement between the United States and Mexico as part of the continuing implementation of the 1944 Mexican Water Treaty related to the use of the Colorado River. The Minute is a five-year cooperative agreement between Mexico and the United States (on behalf of the seven Colorado River Basin States – including Arizona) that provides a framework for: long-term planning and conservation activities; protection of water levels in Lake Mead to reduce the potential for water shortage; and potential development of additional sources of water from joint United States-Mexico water development projects.
To implement Minute 319 work groups were created to address agreed upon elements of the Minute. ADWR continues to participate in the Environmental Flows, Miguel Aleman habitat restoration site, Water Accounting and Operations, Basin Conditions and Hydrology and the Rosarito Desalination Plant working groups. The Binational Rosarito Desalination Plant Working Group is of particular interest and is working toward developing high level legal, strategic and technical framework for binational desalination opportunities that would benefit both the US and Mexico.” http://www.azwater.gov/AzDWR/documents/ADWRDirector/2015%20ADWR%20Annual%20Report.pdf
- “Phoenix could ultimately become a partner either directly or indirectly (for example through CAP) in efforts to access desalinated sea water to support the regions growth and reduce shortage vulnerability. Though the realization of such an effort will be several decades away, the scope and scale of the effort – like the CAP – will require substantive planning and capital expenditures. A first stage might involve exchanges whereby coastal communities now receiving Colorado River would forego that supply for desalinated water made available by inland entities. The inland entities would then divert Colorado River supplies that would have been delivered to the coast. A second stage, involving development of physical transportation from a coastal area in the US or Mexico, would become necessary upon reaching the capacity limit of the CAP canal.”
- “At a border governors’ conference on binational desalination, a representative of the North American Development Bank (NADB) stated that the Bank is interested in funding binational desalination projects.” Garcés J., 2010. North American Development Bank process. In:Border Governors’ Binational Desalination Conference. San Diego, CA, May 26, 2010 (unpublished conference presentation) http://www.climas.arizona.edu/sites/default/files/pdfdiscourse-and-desalination.pdf
- Tom McCann of CAP promoted binational desal 2009, (worked on Strategic Vision)
- June: Release of feasibility study: HDR, 2009. Investigation of Binational Desalination for the Benefit of Arizona, United States and Sonora, Mexico. Final report, June 5. (puerto penasco) Final Report by HDR – Arizona Department of Water Resources
- Cullom Hallin Binational Desal AMC 5Jun094 http://www.azwater.gov/azdwr/Arizona_Mexico_Water/Meetings/2009-06-05_Water-Committee_Scottsdale/Presentations/Cullom%20Hallin%20Binational%20Desal%20AMC%205Jun09.ppt
- Funding: CAP, SRP; Partners: ADWR, AMC, HDR, CEA,
- “municipality of Puerto Peñasco contracted with the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) to determine the feasibility of building a desalination plant U.S. Trade Development Agency (USTDA), 2008.” Request for Proposals. Available at: http://www.ustda.gov/RFP/200751022B_MEX.pdf
- “water managers from the Salt River Project and the Central Arizona Project (CAP), along with representatives of the Arizona Department of Water Resources, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and Sonora’s State Water Commission authorized a feasibility study to determine the costs of producing and transporting desalinated water from Puerto Peñasco, Sonora to Imperial Dam near Yuma, Arizona.” http://www.climas.arizona.edu/sites/default/files/pdfdiscourse-and-desalination.pdf
- “The consulting firm Bouchard and Associates, Inc. conducted an initial feasibility study for the U.S. Trade and Development Agency to site a desalination facility in Puerto Peñasco, Mexico, to supply local demand. In parallel, the consulting firm HDR investigated the feasibility of cooperative, binational development of desalination at the same location. Partners in that study included CAP, the Salt River Project, the Arizona Department of Water Resources and their Mexican counterparts.”
- “International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC), the institution responsible for settling issues related to boundary and water treaties between U.S. and Mexico, has established a core working group dedicated to finding new water resources, of which desalination is a high priority for both countries” http://www.climas.arizona.edu/sites/default/files/pdfdiscourse-and-desalination.pdf
- Water Advisory Committee of Orange County mentions ocean desal http://www.mwdoc.com/documents/08-0201WACO-US-MexicoColoradoRiverIssues.pdf
- “Patterson said water users in the United States, particularly the Lower Basin states, are looking for partnerships with Mexico for desalination, agricultural conservation and agricultural fallowing to help conserve water. He said the dialog through the IBWC work groups is going well, but that ultimately, the process will require a more formal “government-to-government Negotiation.” Roger Patterson of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) http://www.watereducation.org/sites/main/files/file-attachments/riverreport_fall08_web.pdf
- Dave Roberts of SRP was on the AMC Water committee in 2008 (since 2007 when the committee was formed) when initiation of HDR study
(SRP as sponsor of AMC for years before this)
He’s also part of the water development commission that determined the need for the desal plant