Climate Action: Ensuring Arizona’s Long-Term Water Future

April 29,  2021

Is Arizona fully prepared for climate risks that will affect our long-term water supplies? Hear from Arizona’s water supply experts on the answers to this critically important question. Learn what it means for you, your business and Arizona’s water future.


Robert Anderson, Moderator
Anderson is Shareholder and Director in the Natural Resources Practice Group at Fennemore. He is one of the Southwest’s most recognized water attorneys, focusing primarily on water rights and water resource issues, as well as water quality, wetlands, and endangered species.

Cynthia Campbell, Panelist
Campbell is the Water Resources Management Advisor for the City of Phoenix. She manages the City’s water portfolio and advises the City Manager and Water Services Department on policy issues relating to long-range water planning and strategy. She is the City’s liaison with the State of Arizona, Central Arizona Project, Salt River Project and other organizations on water resource issues.

Patrick Dent, Panelist
Dent is CAP’s Director of Water Policy, overseeing Colorado River Programs, Resource Planning & Analysis, and the Central Arizona Groundwater Replenishment District. His group is responsible for long-range planning, policy analysis, development and program implementation for the CAP service area, the Colorado River and the Central Arizona Groundwater Replenishment District.

Bruce Hallin, Panelist
Hallin is the Director of Water Supply at SRP and has over 30 years of experience in the water and power industry. Serving on multiple water-related local and regional water resource committees, boards, and business groups, he has worked in the fields of water resource development and management, water resource planning, water rights, and forest health.

Jake Lenderking, Panelist
Lenderking is the Senior Vice President of Water Resources and Legislative Affairs at Global Water Resources and has more than 10 years of leadership experience in water resource management, water policy formation, and conservation program development and compliance. He also has experience with representing water utilities before the Arizona Corporation Commission, and with city and town councils on the formation of water policy, rates and regulation.

Timothy Thomure, Panelist
Thomure is the Director of Tucson Water and has 22 years of experience working in public utilities, private industry, and consulting. He leads the utility in developing the next generation of water leaders internally, while pushing the boundaries of holistic water management externally to achieve sustainability across the urban water cycle.

Presented by Global Water Resources

Confronting Arizona’s Water Challenges in an Era of Change

June 25, 2020

The uncertainty of climate change is impacting national, regional and local water strategies. From the Colorado River Basin to water utility companies, the need for collaboration, tools and targeted practices is crucial to ensure Arizona continues to receive adequate water supplies and our systems remain resilient. In this webinar, you will hear from experts on steps being taken today that are critical to the water strategies for Arizona, and critical to fuel the state’s expected growth and economic vitality.


Ted Cooke, General Manager, Central Arizona Project and President, Water Utility Climate Alliance

Kathy Jacobs, Center for Climate Adaption Science and Solutions, University of Arizona

Charlie Ester, Manager, Watershed Management, SRP


Why Intel is investing in the Verde River to support Verde Valley farmers… and all Arizonans

Written by Aaron Blawn, Intel Corporation, Corporate Services Manager

Arizona Forward Board Member Aaron Blawn is Corporate Services Site Manager for Intel in Arizona, where he oversees engineering and operations of mechanical, electrical, water, waste systems, and more for the technology manufacturer’s Ocotillo campus.

When I moved to Arizona in the 1990s I learned the Hohokam were the first to receive irrigation water through ditches and canals in Arizona more than a thousand years ago. In fact, the system they engineered was the largest and most sophisticated in the Americas.

Fast forward to today, and many property owners in Arizona’s Verde Valley, still receive their water through earthen ditches, even though estimates show the ditches can lose more than 10% of the water they carry through evaporation and seepage. Water from the 185-mile long Verde River is a major source of drinking water for not only the Verde Valley but also metropolitan Phoenix, where I’ve worked for the last twenty-five years at Intel’s facility in Chandler.

Intel has manufactured its technology in Chandler for forty years. In that time, we’ve made many investments in water conservation projects, including the Ocotillo brine reduction facility, a partnership between Intel and the City of Chandler. But our latest water conservation investment is more than 100 miles north of our newest factory, Fab 42, in Camp Verde.

Intel’s investment with The Nature Conservancy, will enclose a section of the Camp Verde’s Eureka ditch on the Verde River to reduce water loss, lower maintenance costs, and provide for more reliable water delivery to the more than 200 property owners who depend on the ditch to irrigate land and crops

Intel’s support for projects like the Eureka ditch conversion are a part of our efforts to restore 100% of the water we use globally. So far, Intel has invested in a total of 13 projects that will restore close to 800 million gallons of water to support Arizona’s water resources, with partners like the Watershed Management Group, Trout Unlimited, the National Forest Foundation, Arizona Land and Water Trust,and of course, The Nature Conservancy. Over the last two years, the projects Intel has supported in the U.S. have already restored approximately one billion gallons of water to our local watersheds.

As a board member of Arizona Forward, I get to work with other like-minded organizations focused on creating a resilient and sustainable place for all of us to live. It’s important that we work together, because Intel is just one company. Amplifying the important work of our nonprofit partners and engaging with other companies to increase participation in sustainability initiatives is so critical. We are so much stronger together.

Learn more about Intel’s sustainability contribution here:

Intel Reaches 1 Billion Gallons of Water Restored