A river in the desert: ASU helps McCain with Rio Salado effort 

ASU is helping Sen. John McCain with a potential project to bring water and wetlands to the Salt River. /WIKIMEDIA COMMONS /WINFRIED BRUENKEN

By Mike Sunnucks | Phoenix Business Journal

Arizona State University is helping plans move ahead for a potential large-scale infrastructure project to bring water to the usually drive[sic] (dry) Salt River riverbed that stretches across metropolitan Phoenix.

The idea — which has economic development aims — is part of a legacy project being led by U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

McCain, 81, has been diagnosed with a serious form of brain cancer with a low survival rate.

The project is called Rio Salado 2.0 and aimes to replicate Tempe Town Lake which pumped water into Tempe’s portion of the Salt River and helped spur development and tourism near Mill Avenue.

The effort could bring water and/or wetlands from Mesa to the West Valley. That is a 40-mile stretch.

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