Pinal farmers will be first to take water cut under plan

Brian Rhodes farms 15,000 acres of land near Eloy. A and B Farms grow alfalfa with cotton, corn and grains. (Photo by Lillian Donahue/ Cronkite News)

 

By Lauren Schieler | Eloy Enterprise

Arizona has sealed a bittersweet arrangement that addresses how water users would share the pain of a water shortage, a water policy expert says.

And Pinal County farmers will be among the first users to take a cut if there’s a drought declaration.

Arizona lawmakers beat a midnight deadline set by the federal government by just a few hours Thursday, agreeing on a plan to balance drought and water supplies in the Colorado River Basin.

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