Why is Queen Creek’s water deal so contentious? It exposes our most fundamental problems

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.

(Editor’s note: Opinion pieces are published for discussion purposes only.)

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.


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September 2020