[Column] Arizona’s water war is escalating

A fight over how to conserve water in Lake Mead is growing and involving more people — many of who just want the whole thing to end

By Joanna Allhands

(Editor’s note: Opinion pieces are published for discussion purposes only.)

The battle to determine how Arizona handles future water-supply cuts is quickly becoming a war.

And, yes, that’s as bad for the state as it sounds.

Arizona is working with Nevada and California to more equitably share deeper water-allocation cuts once Lake Mead drops below 1,075 feet of elevation. It’s called the drought contingency plan, and it’s a big deal because according to current agreements, Arizona is first in line for cuts while California takes none.

That’s hardly fair.


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