Arizona water leaders lean on developers to support drought plan

Building in the desert. Above, Sun City, Arizona. / Phoenix New Times


By Elizabeth Whitman | Phoenix New Times

As the Colorado River teeters on the brink of shortage, water leaders in Arizona are begging developers to pressure legislators to sign off on a drought plan, while also aiming to reassure those developers that despite a drier future, it’s safe to come to Arizona and build.

“We need all of you to go to your favorite legislator and express your support for the Drought Contingency Plan,” Tom Buschatzke, the director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources, told a group of 250 development industry representatives and others during a breakfast meeting Friday. “I implore you.”

He called the plan “a delicate balance” among many different parties in Arizona — cities, tribes, farmers, and others — adding, “It’s very easy for the whole plan to quickly fall apart.”


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