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Miller gives update on solutions studied by Pinal water group

Posted by   /  March 17, 2020  /  Water  /  No Comments

By Mark Cowling | Casa Grande Dispatch FLORENCE — Pinal County Supervisor Steve Miller, R-Casa Grande, provided an update last week on the stakeholders group he chairs, which is studying water solutions for the Pinal Active Management Area. The group has met more than a dozen times since December and has brought two proposals to […]

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Regional News: Climate change already diminishing the Colorado River, researchers find

Posted by   /  March 16, 2020  /  Regional News, Water  /  No Comments

Using hydrologic models, researchers found that the Colorado River Basin is extremely sensitive to slight variations in temperature./Nick Cote for KUNC By Luke Runyon | KUNC/Cronkite News  A warming climate already is reducing stream flows in the Southwest’s largest watershed, according to a new study from scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey. And as the […]

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Bill to end “use it or lose it” water policy sailing through Legislature

Posted by   /  March 16, 2020  /  Water  /  No Comments

By Victoria Harker | Chamber Business News A bill to remove an outdated “use it or lose it” policy in state water law is sailing through both houses at the Legislature, a sign that progress is inching forward as Arizona prepares for a drier future.  Meanwhile, a slate of other measures to address dwindling water […]

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Buckeye doesn’t have water it needs. City working on a plan.

Posted by   /  March 12, 2020  /  Water  /  No Comments

By Joshua Bowling | The Republic Buckeye, some 40 miles west of Phoenix, is the nation’s fastest-growing city, but it doesn’t have the water it needs to keep up with its rapid growth. The City Council on March 17 will vote on a plan that officials see as a step toward securing the city’s water future. […]

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[OPINION] A short-lived fight over a groundwater bill produced a big lesson for Arizona

Posted by   /  March 12, 2020  /  Water  /  No Comments

By Joanna Allhands | The Republic Opinion: It’s OK to disagree. But distrust makes it even harder to find the big solutions we need to solve Arizona’s groundwater problems. House Bill 2880 clearly ruffled some feathers. Not necessarily because people thought it was bad water policy. Some of the bill’s initial opponents said it was a […]

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Ak-Chin lawsuit says irrigation districts threaten water right

Posted by   /  March 8, 2020  /  Courts/Law, Water  /  No Comments

Groundwater is pumped into one of the canals managed by the Maricopa-Stanfield Irrigation and Drainage District./Kevin Reagan/PinalCentral By Pinal Central Saying more contaminated groundwater is making its way into their regular water supply, the Ak-Chin Indian Community on Friday sued two local irrigation districts in order to “protect water rights.” The Arizona District Court lawsuit […]

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Regional News: Utah House reaffirms intent to develop Colorado River water

Posted by   /  March 4, 2020  /  Regional News, Water  /  No Comments

Resolution encourages conservation, recognizes changing climate Water flows from the number one and two jet tubes at the Glen Canyon Dam in Page, Ariz. to mimic natural flooding on Wednesday, March 5, 2008. /Matt York By Amy Joi O’Donoghue | Deseret News  Utah’s booming population growth and rapid economic development means the need for more […]

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Bills that would strengthen rural groundwater rules die in Arizona Legislature

Posted by   /  February 28, 2020  /  2020 Legislature, Water  /  No Comments

In southeastern Arizona, farms are drilling wells up to 2,500 feet deep. Water levels are dropping and some homeowners are struggling with the costs. /Screengrab/Arizona Republic video By Ian James | The Republic Two bills that would make it easier for state regulators and county officials to limit well-drilling and groundwater pumping have died in […]

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Rising temperatures are taking a worsening toll on the Colorado River, study finds

Posted by   /  February 22, 2020  /  Water  /  No Comments

Scientists  focused on the role of snow cover as a “protective shield” for water in the river basin./phys.org By Ian James | The Republic  Scientists have documented how climate change is sapping the Colorado River, and new research shows the river is so sensitive to warming that it could lose about one-fourth of its flow by […]

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Arizona Senate committee shelves groundwater bill after impassioned debate

Posted by   /  February 21, 2020  /  2020 Legislature, Water  /  No Comments

Aquifers containing groundwater help cities manage their water supplies. By Ian James | The Republic  State senators heard impassioned pleas from supporters of proposed legislation that would make it easier for Arizona water regulators to limit well-drilling in farming areas where groundwater levels are falling. But in the end, the bill was set aside, its […]

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