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Agreement might be near on development water for Pinal agricultural land

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Groundwater is pumped into one of the canals managed by Maricopa-Stanfield Irrigation and Drainage District./Kevin Reagan/PinalCentral

By Kelly Fisher | PinalCentral

A compromise regarding the amount of water that agricultural land retains for future development may be near.

Tasked with altering the water credit program, a committee of the Pinal Active Management Area is working to address concerns of the local farming community regarding credit calculations and premature retirement of agricultural lands.

The Pinal Local Water Group developed a draft proposal for a state rule change for extinguishment credits and groundwater allowance in the AMA, which encompasses roughly 4,000 square miles in central Arizona.

The AMA aims to “ensure a reliable and sustainable water supply will efficiently meet current and future water uses … while protecting the environment and general economy,” its mission states.

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