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Trump administration announces new proposed WOTUS rule

Posted by   /  December 12, 2018  /  Water  /  No Comments

NAHB Now The Trump administration today released its proposed new definition for “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) that will resolve years of uncertainty over where federal jurisdiction begins and ends. This represents an important victory for our members. In an official statement responding to the new proposal, NAHB Chairman Randy Noel said: “By bringing […]

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California water agency tentatively agrees to Colorado River drought measures

Posted by   /  December 11, 2018  /  Water  /  No Comments

  By Janet Wilson and Ian James | Arizona Republic The Imperial Irrigation District, which holds some of the oldest and largest rights to Colorado River water, on Monday tentatively agreed to a one-time contribution of up to 250,000 acre-feet of surplus water if needed to stave off shortages in Lake Mead. But they tacked on several […]

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Central Arizona Project board votes to support Drought Contingency Plan

Posted by   /  December 7, 2018  /  Water  /  No Comments

  By Elizabeth Whitman | Phoenix New Times The board of the Central Arizona Project voted on Thursday to help finalize a Drought Contingency Plan for the state of Arizona, and it relented somewhat on the last serious sticking point in the talks — a demand to co-sign the plan with state authorities — as it approved the […]

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‘Friendly’ proposal by CAP board could derail Arizona drought talks

Posted by   /  December 4, 2018  /  Water  /  No Comments

  By Elizabeth Whitman | Phoenix New Times The board of the Central Arizona Project is threatening Arizona’s hard-won progress in internal drought talks, two leaders in those negotiations warned Monday. Both State Senator Lisa Otondo, whose District 4 covers chunks of Yuma, Maricopa, Pima, and Pinal counties, and Tom Buschatzke, the director of the Arizona Department […]

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[OPINION] Flawed? Maybe. But Arizona’s plan to help save Lake Mead is still a game-changer

Posted by   /  December 3, 2018  /  Water  /  No Comments

  (Editor’s note: Opinion pieces are published for discussions purposes only.)  Opinion: Arizona is facing a turning point on water (again), and the Drought Contingency Plan – imperfect as it is – will help us navigate a new reality. By Joanna Allhands | Arizona Republic Arizona doesn’t solve anything by joining the three-state Lower Basin Drought Contingency Plan (DCP). […]

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Governor wants $30 million dedicated to plan to save off shortage at Lake Mead

Posted by   /  December 3, 2018  /  Government and Politics, Water  /  No Comments

Rose Law Group Reporter Gov. Doug Ducey vowed last week to work with the state Legislature to allocate $30 million to water mitigation efforts so the state can sign onto a multi-state plan to stabilize water levels in Lake Mead, which could soon face a water shortage, Arizona Capitol Times reported on Friday. Ducey’s announcement […]

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[SUNDAY FEATURE] Dire warnings for Arizona, the Southwest included in new federal climate report

Posted by   /  December 2, 2018  /  Energy and Environment, Featured News, Science, Water  /  No Comments

By Tony Davis | Arizona Daily Star ore heat and drought. Less water. More heat-related deaths and hospital visits. Bigger wildfires. Fewer native trees. Maybe more valley fever cases. Someday, possibly less food and less energy, not counting solar energy.  These and other impacts of warmer weather in Arizona and the Southwest are laid out in […]

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Arizona water plan includes $30M for Pinal farmers to drill more wells

Posted by   /  November 30, 2018  /  Water  /  No Comments

  By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via PinalCentral Arizona water officials and others have agreed to a $100 million plan — including $30 million in state tax revenues — designed to deal with the inevitability that the state will have less Colorado River water in 2020. The drought contingency plan released Thursday, which […]

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‘Getting close’: Outline of Colorado River drought agreement takes shape in Arizona

Posted by   /  November 30, 2018  /  Water  /  No Comments

  By Ian James | Arizona Republic Arizona’s water agencies, cities, farmers and tribes haven’t quite sealed a Colorado River deal. But they’re getting closer. The outline of a new compromise proposal emerged this week and was presented at a meeting on Thursday. The plan would help Arizona join in a proposed three-state Drought Contingency […]

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Dry and getting drier: Water scarcity in Southwest is the new norm, study says

Posted by   /  November 30, 2018  /  Energy and Environment, Water  /  No Comments

  By Luke Runyon | KUNC he effects of climate change are not far off challenges for future generations. They are existential problems for everyone alive today. That’s one big takeaway from the U.S. federal government’s latest roundup of climate science, the National Climate Assessment, now in its fourth iteration. Released the day after Thanksgiving, the […]

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