Buschatzke, Tom

Author Description

Tom Buschatzke is the Director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR). Prior to becoming the Director, Tom was the City of Phoenix’s Water Resources Management Advisor, where he was responsible for policy development for management of the City’s water resources and working with City executive staff, the City Manager, the Mayor, and members of City Council on a variety of water issues. Mr. Buschatzke also served as the City’s liaison with the Salt River Project, the Central Arizona Project and the Arizona Department of Water Resources. Mr. Buschatzke has also served on the Board of Director’s of the Western Urban Water Coalition and as Chair of their Endangered Species Act Committee. He is a member of the Colorado River Water User’s Association; American Water Resources Association; American Water Works Association; and was on the Governor’s Colorado River Advisory Council. Mr. Bushatzke also was appointed by then Governor Napolitano to sit on the Arizona Water Banking Authority. Mr. Buschatzke’s career in Arizona water resources began in 1982 with the ADWR, and he became a Program Manager in the Adjudications Division. He began working for the City of Phoenix in 1988 as a Hydrologist in the Law Department where he provided assistance to City management and attorneys on issues relating to the City’s water rights, water use, and water supply. Tom holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology from the State University of New York and has taken Master Degree level courses in Geology at Arizona State University.

Authored Reports

Phoenix Water Planning: Water Resources Plan - The 2005 Update,Managing Water in Arizona: An Interview With Tom Buschatzke, Director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources