The 336-mile long system of pipelines and canals helps bring water to 80 percent of the state's population.
In a Tucson Citizen article, Modeer explains that the Central Arizona Water Conservation District board of directors, which oversees the CAP, offered him the job after the former general manager, Sid Wilson, announced he would retire.
Modeer has only been on the job in Phoenix since April. Prior to that, he was the city of Tucson's water director for 10 years and had managed municipal water supplies in Pennsylvania for 26 years before that. His arrival in Phoenix made local news last spring.
Modeer, a CAP board member, told the Arizona Daily Star last year he had "no doubt" that the CAP water supplies will run short periodically in the next five to 10 years: