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groundwater model; public inspection; challenge





State of Arizona

House of Representatives

Fifty-sixth Legislature

Second Regular Session









An Act


amending title 45, chapter 2, article 9, Arizona Revised Statutes, by adding section 45-581; relating to groundwater management.





Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:

Section 1. Title 45, chapter 2, article 9, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended by adding section 45-581, to read:

START_STATUTE45-581. Groundwater model; public inspection; public meeting

A. The department shall make available at no cost for public inspection any hydrologic modeling that the department uses to determine projected groundwater levels for the purposes of evaluating an application for a certificate or designation of assured water supply, including the hydrologic model's findings, conclusions, methods and assumptions.

B. Not less than ninety days before the department uses a new groundwater model for any purpose within an active management area, the director shall post on the department's website any assumptions anticipated to be included in the modeling and shall invite public comment.  On the expiration of the posting period, the director shall hold a public meeting to receive additional comments on the assumptions and shall post on the department's website all comments received and responses from the department.  The director shall include a statement with each comment that indicates if the comments resulted in an addition, modification, revision or deletion of the assumption. END_STATUTE