Integrated Resources Management for Irrigated Agriculture: Practical Lessons in Water Management and Conservation from the Arizona Management Improvement Program

by Thomas Carr,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: North American Water and Environment Congress & Destructive Water


In Arizona, the interagency Management Improvement Program (MIP) is an effective water resources planning method where a large number of people and several levels of agencies or government must focus on a common, but complex, problem. The method allows most parties to achieve their organizational goals by agreeing to focus on an objective statement that is developed through a shared understanding of a community problem. The MIP has tangibly aided the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR) with its agency objectives, which include increased compliance with the 1980 Arizona Groundwater Law, decreased groundwater use, changes in district policies to aid on-farm water management, and more effective agency support services.

Subject Headings: Water resources | Water management | Water conservation | Management methods | Resource management | Irrigation water | Groundwater management | Arizona | United States

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