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Since 1984, M&A has provided quality hydrogeologic and water resource services to clients in the industrial, mining, energy, municipal, land development, tribal, and agricultural sectors. We combine our unparalleled groundwater hydrology experience with expertise in water resource policy and economics to develop comprehensive approaches and integrated solutions.
Water policy news from M&A
From our May 2013 issue of the Arizona Water Policy Update
The Colorado River's low flows and Lake Mead's photogenic bathtub rings are again making headlines — but the most vulnerable component of Arizona's water supply system today is its power supply.
The latest projections for spring–summer runoff into Lake Powell (a good measure of hydrologic conditions in the Colorado River Basin), indicate that 2013 flows will be among the lowest on record. Reclamation projects that storage for the entire Colorado River system will be less than 50 percent of capacity at the end of the year. Low water conditions of this magnitude would normally eclipse other factors that affect the availability of this water supply. However, energy is required to move water to users — and the main source of power for the CAP now faces unprecedented uncertainties.
The Navajo Generating Station, a 2250 MW coal-fired plant, provides nearly all the power required to operate the CAP. The plant's future depends on the willingness of its partners / owners to invest in its continued operation. However, two partners recently announced their intent to terminate their NGS contracts. One is the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power. Earlier this year, the LADWP decided to terminate contracts on all coal-based power supplies and struck a preliminary deal to sell its NGS share to SRP by 2015. Then, last month, another partner, Nevada Energy, publicized that it too plans to divest its ownership in coal-fired plants. This leaves four remaining Arizona partners. Read more...
Our newest branch office...
M&A recently opened a branch office in Denver, Colorado. In addition to allowing us to pursue water-resource opportunities in a new geographic area, this location is ideal for serving many of our existing clients and leveraging the strengths of nearby universities and teaming partners. [ MORE ]