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Governor’s Office immersed in drought talks, water policy do-over

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Colorado River in the Grand Canyon between Lakes Powell and Mead

 

By Carmen Forman | Arizona Capitol Times

Gov. Doug Ducey is all in on Arizona efforts to stabilize water levels in Lake Mead.

The governor and his staff are playing an integral role in bringing Arizona water interests together to reach an internal state agreement on the drought-contingency plan.

The Governor’s Office’s heavy involvement in the process comes after Ducey had high aspirations of making strides on water policy during the 2018 legislative session, but his push for far-reaching water reform quickly dried up.

As he campaigns for a second, four-year term, Ducey has committed to completing a drought-contingency plan to leave more water in the Colorado River in order to conserve water levels on Lake Mead. The drought planning comes as the federal Bureau of Reclamation predicts a shortage could happen on the lake as soon as 2020.

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