By Victoria Harker | Chamber Business News
A 19-year-drought almost brought the Southwest to its knees this year as states and water stakeholders wrestled to reach consensus on a plan to conserve Colorado River water for the future.
In a race against Mother Nature, Arizona and six other states were able to make a deal to update the binding seven-state Drought Contingency Plan (DCP). It was needed to address a new, harsh reality: a drier future.
The effort was merely a stopgap measure. But as challenges to quench Arizona’s growing cities and towns continue, there are reasons to be optimistic, said experts and state water leaders who came together to discuss solutions at the 2019 Congressional Conference, “Revolutionizing Arizona’s Water Future,” at Arizona State University.