River shortage declaration would mean less water for Pinal

By Aaron Dorman | Casa Grande Dispatch

CASA GRANDE — A long-feared Colorado River water reduction for Pinal County farmers is close to becoming a reality.

With continuing drought along the Colorado River Basin, the Central Arizona Project and Arizona Department of Arizona Water Resources issued a joint statement Friday morning on the impact of anticipated shortages.

A shortage declaration on the Colorado River would result in a major cut to Arizona’s share of that water.

“These reductions are painful, but we are prepared,” the statement reads. “As we face the prospect of a hotter and drier future, we are confident that with our long history of successful collaboration among our diverse stakeholders — agriculture, tribes, cities, environment and industry, we will continue to find innovative and effective solutions to sustain Arizona’s Colorado River supply.”

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