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Michael Lacey

Michael Lacey

Deputy Director, ADWR

Arizona Department of Water Resources
3550 North Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85012


  • Deputy Director, ADWR


Michael Lacey is currently the Deputy Director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources. Prior to this position, he practiced as a consulting Hydrologist in Arizona for over 22 years, founding two successful water resource consulting firms and serving as the lead technical practitioner of his firms during much of this tenure. His practice focused on hydrology, groundwater recharge investigations and facility development, wastewater reuse, land and water resource evaluations, fluvial geomorphology, climatology, and water rights assessments. Mr. Lacey practiced at the intersection of science, technology, law, and public policy. He was an active participant in efforts to reform ADWR and to refine and streamline its regulatory programs, including the Recharge and Assured and Adequate Water Supply programs. Mr. Lacey serves as ADWR’s representative to the Water Infrastructure Finance Authority and the Arizona Power Plant and Transmission Line Siting Committee. Prior to entering private practice, he had tenures with the Arizona Department of Water Resources, Adjudications Division and the USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station, Tempe, AZ. He has Bachelors and Masters degrees in Physical Geography from the University of Delaware and Arizona State University, respectively.



Sampson, D. A., R. Quay and M. J. Lacey. 2013. A dynamic, georeferenced, data management interface to link MODFLOW with an urban water policy and management model. Presented June 3, 2013 at MODFLOW and More 2013: Translating Science into Practice, June 2-5, 2013, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO.