Bills in Congress deal with drought plan for West

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The Colorado River as it runs through Marble Canyon below Glen Canyon Dam./
Andy Howell/PinalCentral 2018

Federal legislation has been introduced on a plan to address the shrinking supply of water from a river that serves 40 million people in the U.S. West.

Sen. Martha McSally and Rep. Raul Grijalva introduced identical bills Tuesday and vowed to move them quickly through the chambers. Lawmakers from Colorado River basin states signed on as co-sponsors.

“Securing our water future is one of the most important issues we face,” said Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey. “Earlier this year, Arizona showed we know how to get big things done by coming together to pass the historic Drought Contingency Plan — allowing Arizona to join the other basin states on a comprehensive plan to conserve more water.”

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