How Arizona forests impact SRP water delivery in the Valley
It’s hard to remember a summer without a catastrophic wildfire. After a century of fire suppression, many forests are now overgrown. In an unhealthy forest, it’s common to find smaller trees crowding larger trees. When fire hits these forests, the shorter trees cause the flames to rise higher instead of burning low to the ground, bringing the fire to the tops of the trees. When
Fire and Water
Fire not only affects the daily life and economies of our neighboring forest communities, but it also impacts water quality. In Arizona, we depend on winter snow runoff to flow through our northeastern mountains, valleys, rivers
Arizona’s forests are no stranger to fire. In 2018, Arizona had more than 1,900 fires, burning more than 163,000 acres, according to the National Interagency Fire Center’s Southwest Coordination Center.
How SRP helps Arizona’s forests
SRP supports healthy forests in two ways: planting after a fire and preventing fires through forest restoration. With the SRP Trees for Change program, SRP has led the way in reclaiming land scarred by fire, making it easy for customers to directly help our forests now and in the future. Collaborating with customers and forest agencies, SRP has planted more than 1.9 million trees over 7,000 acres of forestland since 2010.
On the forest restoration side, SRP is working closely with the US Forest Service, the Bureau of Reclamation, and the State of Arizona to re-establish a forest products industry that will progressively restore Arizona’s forests to a more natural condition. Hundreds of thousands of forested acres are overgrown, at high risk of experiencing catastrophic wildfire, and are in need of harvesting and restoration. Through restoration together we will be protecting people, communities and our watersheds. This project is anticipated to be the nation’s largest undertaking between several agencies to restore US forest service
- The Nature Conservancy and the Future Forests Fund
- The Four Forest Restoration Initiative Collaborative
- Cragin Watershed Protection Project Partnership
These projects combine the power of SRP, government, communities
Working for Arizona’s forests
It’s no wonder SRP has been investing in forest health for the last decade. As the Valley’s largest supplier of water, SRP operates seven dams and reservoirs across the 8.3 million-acre Salt and Verde river watersheds. These reservoirs play a major part in our lives, storing water for when the Valley needs it most while generating sustainable, renewable hydropower to thousands of homes. Don’t forget the recreational benefits we all can enjoy across Arizona’s forests and lakes.
Learn more about SRP’s plans for our environment, water