Emails raise questions about Army base’s water deal

By Ian James | AZ Central

Seven years after Fort Huachuca sealed a deal that allowed the Army base to continue using groundwater near the San Pedro River, documents and internal emails have surfaced that raise questions about the deal and about the information Army officials usedto secure a key approval from the federal government.

The emails, which were obtained by the environmental group Center for Biological Diversity, reveal conversations between the base’s commanders and other officials about an agreement in which Fort Huachuca helped buy farmland near the river. The idea behind the land deal was to permanently shut off agricultural wells, enabling the base to obtain “water credits” that would help shrink its overall water footprint. 

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