Projects: Arizona Regional Water

Frameworks & systems design

Arizona Regional Water

Continued over-pumping of groundwater and diversion of the region's surficial flows has caused more than 3000 square miles of Arizona to experience some form of differential land subsidence. Rapid population growth is increasingly juxtaposing urban densities with tensile earth fissures, pulling at the basins' edge. Land use in the region will need to adapt radically to new systems of water conveyance, use and storage. Climate modeling indicates the desert southwest will be particularly hard hit by global warming, with longer droughts and more extremes in rainfall. A change in the ground's makeup may very well alter the policies and capitalist politics of private property, immanently establishing a new geography for the region.