Lack of Arizona drought plan would mean chaos and uncertainty, water experts say

Lake Mead. / Photo by Richard Martin / Flickr


“Horrible” and “chaos” are among the outcomes that water experts are predicting for Arizona if the Legislature fails to approve a drought contingency plan for the Colorado River.

Among the concerns raised by experts in academia and government about the potential failure to approve a drought plan:

  • Pinal County farmers, whose concerns have been at the center over the drought plan debate, would be the hardest hit.

  • California, which for the first time in a half-century had agreed to take cuts in its Colorado River deliveries under a drought plan, would be freed of that obligation and likely wouldn’t take cuts.


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