‘More important than ever’: Arizona lawmakers address growing concerns over water shortages in the west

Author: John Tanet | 12 News

As Arizona faces severe drought conditions, Senators Mark Kelly and Kyrsten Sinema are looking to modernize western water supplies.— Once again Arizona is under severe drought conditions. It’s a problem faced by many western states struggling to manage water resources.

As part of an ongoing effort to combat water shortages Senators Mark Kelly and Kyrsten Sinema, along with Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, introduced a new bill aimed at modernizing our water supply.

The Support to Rehydrate the Environment, Agriculture and Municipalities Act, or STREAM Act, would build on previous spending initiatives to support state efforts in water conservation.

“As Arizona continues to navigate this historic drought, it’s more important than ever to build infrastructure that promotes a secure water future,” said Senator Kelly in a press release on Friday.

Kelly went on to say that, “combined with the investments made in the bipartisan infrastructure law, this legislation will help Arizona and the West expand drought resiliency projects, increase groundwater storage, and better manage and conserve our water resources.”

The STREAM Act includes major provisions to achieve each of these goals: 

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