This map was submitted by the company GSC Farm LLC and the town of Queen Creek as part of a proposal to the Arizona Department of Water Resources. The company and the town are proposing to transfer Colorado River water that is now used for farming to Queen Creek. Roughly a thousand acre-feet of water won’t make or break the Colorado River.
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A deal to move even a small amount of Colorado River water to Queen Creek could have big ripple effects on Arizona. Here’s why.
By Joanna Allhands | Arizona Republic
Roughly a thousand acre-feet of water won’t make or break the Colorado River. But for many who live in counties that border the river, even losing a few drops of water to central Arizona poses a major threat to their way of life.
They know this isn’t the first time that thirsty interests have tried to move water east. And, presuming Queen Creek acquires 1,078 acre-feet from GSC Farm LLC in La Paz County, they fear it will embolden other users to make a play for other, potentially bigger chunks of river water.