Gov. Doug Ducey signed the Fiscal Year 2017 state budget today, that includes transfer of the Arizona Geological Survey to the University of Arizona, effective July 1.
The bill also transfers the former Mining & Mineral Museum in Phoenix from the Arizona Historical Society to AZGS, to be re-opened as the Mining, Mineral, and Natural Resources Education Museum. AZGS is given two years to raise the funds to refurbish the building, construct exhibits and make operations sustainable, otherwise the building is returned to AHS.
We are in conversations with UA officials about the mechanics of the transfer. Legislative intent language directed the university to maintain AZGS's current level of services, but the AZGS appropriation is zeroed out June 30 and UA was instructed to fund Survey operations out of their existing funds.
The AZGS duties to provide technical and administrative support for the Arizona Oil & Gas Conservation Commission are transferred to the AZ Dept. of Environmental Quality.
The move to UA was announced by Gov. Ducey in January as part of his efforts to consolidate state government.