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Cities warn Pinal farmers not to push for more water

The Santa Rosa Canal, near Maricopa, channels Central Arizona Project water to farmland in the Maricopa Stanfield Irrigation and Drainage District. / Photo by Mike Christy

 

By Howard Fischer | Pinal Central

An organization that represents major Arizona cities is effectively warning Pinal County farmers not to demand more in the proposed drought-contingency plan.

Warren Tenney, executive director of the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association, said he believes the plan, delivered to lawmakers this week and awaiting legislative action, has been more than generous to the farmers.

It includes a promise of 105,000 acre feet of Colorado River water for the next three years and 70,000 acre feet of groundwater for four years after that. In addition. The draft legislation includes $5 million in state cash to drill wells and construct delivery systems for that water.

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