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Water extinguishment credit plan to go to state officials

Posted by   /  August 20, 2017  /  Government and Politics, Water  /  No Comments

By Kelly Fisher | PinalCentral A plan to alleviate some concerns from area farmers is proceeding to the state level. The Pinal Active Management Area Water Policy Study Committee unanimously approved a proposal at its meeting Thursday to address extinguishment credit changes, and now that plan is headed to state officials for further consideration. The […]

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Agencies at odds over deal to send Arizona water to California during drought

Posted by   /  August 18, 2017  /  Government and Politics, Water  /  No Comments

By Rachel Leingang | Arizona Capitol Times The Central Arizona Project tried to strike a deal to sell water to California for $18 million during the 2015 drought, which the state claims underscores the need for reforms to the water delivery system’s operations. The topic recently surfaced in meetings commenced by Gov. Doug Ducey to […]

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Snowy year in the Rockies helps Southwest avoid Colorado River water shortage for at least a year

Posted by   /  August 16, 2017  /  Energy and Environment, Water  /  No Comments

Brandon Loomis | The Republic A snowy winter in the Rocky Mountains helped Colorado River water users escape a shortage for the next year and likely for at least two more, federal water managers project, though a hot spring made the escape a narrow one. The river’s reservoirs combined have gained 5 percent of their […]

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Agreement might be near on development water for Pinal agricultural land

Posted by   /  August 12, 2017  /  Government and Politics, Water  /  No Comments

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 […]

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Pinal County approves water utility merger for November ballot

Posted by   /  August 9, 2017  /  Government and Politics, Water  /  No Comments

By Mason Callejas | inMaricopa The Pinal County Board of Supervisors approved a request July 12 to call an election for a proposed merger of two local water utilities. The Maricopa Domestic Water Improvement District filed the request seeking to absorb New Saddleback Vista Domestic Water Improvement District to help control rising rates for both […]

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Future growth won’t come easy

Posted by   /  August 9, 2017  /  Economy, Water  /  No Comments

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By Gary Nelson | East Valley Tribune East Valley cities face several challenges as they prepare for continued growth in coming decades. Water Planners in Mesa, Tempe, Chandler and Gilbert all say they have developed robust and diverse water portfolios. Eric Braun, Gilbert’s water resources manager, said Gilbert has complied with state law proving the […]

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Grand Canyon water pipeline slated for multimillion-dollar replacement

Posted by   /  August 9, 2017  /  Energy and Environment, Water  /  No Comments

Officials for the Grand Canyon Trans-Canyon Water Distribution Pipeline are seeking public opinion on two multi-million dollar proposals to upgrade the water pipeline. /Photo by Devin Conley/Cronkite News By Devin Conley | Cronkite News GRAND CANYON – An aging pipeline bringing water to residents, resorts and 6 million visitors a year at the Grand Canyon […]

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Tucson City Council may trade water incentives for jobs

Posted by   /  August 5, 2017  /  Government and Politics, Water  /  No Comments

By Tony Davis | Arizona Daily Star Tucson may soon be footing the tab for building water lines to new businesses that bring in high-paying jobs. Tuesday night, the City Council will consider a proposal that would be a sharp departure from the city’s traditional practice of having new development pay to build its water […]

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Despite best efforts, years of drought leave state little room for error

Posted by   /  August 3, 2017  /  Government and Politics, Water  /  No Comments

Tom Buschatzke, director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources, told a Senate panel that the state has long been a leader in water conservation and reuse, but that years of continued drought in the West have left the region still in danger of a water emergency. /Photo by Ben Moffat/Cronkite News Sen. Jeff Flake, […]

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[GUEST OPINION] Conservation accord is progress toward much-needed Colorado River deal

Posted by   /  July 31, 2017  /  Water  /  No Comments

By Mike Connor | Arizona Capitol Times (Editor’s note: Opinion pieces are published for discussion purposes only.) Last week, the state of Arizona, city of Phoenix, Walton Family Foundation, and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation signed an agreement with the Gila River Indian Community to conserve 40,000 acre-feet of Colorado River water and dedicate that supply […]

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