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Arizona legislators expect water fight

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By David Louis | Daily Miner

Lake Havasu City’s representatives in the Arizona State Capitol say they’ll be closely watching the Central Arizona Project’s attempt to take water rights from Mohave County.

In October, CAP began the due diligence phase of a sale with a pair of New York City hedge fund firms to purchase seven farms in Mohave Valley totaling approximately 2,200 acres of farmland with approximately 14,000 acre-feet of diversion water rights from the Colorado River. If the sale proceeds, it will syphon off more than 5,500 acre-feet of water annually to central Arizona homes and businesses.

“There is a lot of push back on this especially from the rural caucus,” said state Sen. Sonny Borrelli, R-Lake Havasu City. “I don’t believe there is any support to have this endeavor move forward, and hopefully any legislation supporting it will die. If it doesn’t die, I’m going to do everything I can to drown it.”

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