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Arizona lawmakers want to use casino agreements to force tribes to settle water disputes

Posted by   /  January 18, 2020  /  Government and Politics, Water  /  No Comments

By Ryan Randazzo and Andrew Oxford | Arizona Republic  Republican leaders at the Arizona Legislature are proposing that tribes with outstanding water disputes with the state be forced to settle those claims before they can renegotiate the number of slots and games they offer at casinos. That’s the idea behind House Bill 2447, sponsored by […]

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Flagstaff considers new water plan

Posted by   /  January 17, 2020  /  Government and Politics, Water  /  No Comments

By Adrian Skabelund | Arizona Daily Sun As Flagstaff continues to grow, so does its need for water. But now the City of Flagstaff is looking to create a new water master plan in hopes of ensuring the city has an adequate supply of water far into the future. City Water Resources Manager Erin Young […]

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[OPINION] Why would Bruce Babbitt, long a voice of reason on water, support such a knee-jerk idea?

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

Opinion: It was shocking to see the former Arizona governor championing a scheme that would set off parochial, Balkanizing fights over water. By Grady Gammage, Jr., opinion contributor | azcentral Arizona is defined by acquiring, managing, sharing and moving water. From the time of the Hohokam through the building of the Salt River Project and the CAP […]

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Arizona Water hopes new Coolidge aquifer will help water supply

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

Pinal County Supervisor for District 3 Stephen Miller, left, Arizona Water Company President Fred Schneider, second from left, and Coolidge Mayor Jon Thompson, right, prepare to start the Arizona Water company’s recharge basins at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the PVRRF on Wednesday. / Rofida Khairalla / PinalCentral By Rofida Khairalla | Coolidge Examiner Hundreds of […]

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Legislature plans to address groundwater crisis in rural Arizona

Posted by   /  January 15, 2020  /  Water  /  No Comments

By Ian James and Rob O’Dell | Arizona Republic State legislators plan to tackle widespread problems of groundwater overpumping in rural Arizona this session, proposing bills that would make it easier to limit well-drilling in farming areas where residents have asked for help from the state to safeguard their dwindling water supplies.  At least four bills have […]

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What’s on tap for Arizona water in 2020?

Posted by   /  January 14, 2020  /  Water  /  No Comments

Hoover Dam and Lake Mead By Elizabeth Whitman | Phoenix New Times Each year, water becomes a little more scarce in the Southwest, and each year, everyone in Arizona jostles a tad more fiercely to hold onto their precious shares of this vital resource. Plenty of work is on the docket for 2020 and beyond […]

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REGIONAL NEWS: New Mexico fines Air Force $1.7 million over groundwater

Posted by   /  January 13, 2020  /  Courts/Law, Water  /  No Comments

New Mexico has fined the Air Force for discharging wastewater without a permit and failing to monitor the discharge for toxic chemicals found in firefighting foam. Here, airmen at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., work their way through foam after a hangar’s fire suppression system was activated in 2009. /Air Force AirForceTimes The New Mexico […]

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Lake Mead ends up with more water than projected

Posted by   /  January 10, 2020  /  Water  /  No Comments

Lake Mead Pinal Central Lake Mead ended 2019 with a higher level than projected meaning the most extreme water conservation measures won’t take affect, authorities said. The year began in January with a projection that Lake Mead would end the year below an elevation level of 1,075 feet, pushing the Colorado River Basin into a […]

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Bill seeks $6.1 million and more hydrologists for Arizona Department of Water Resources

Posted by   /  January 10, 2020  /  2020 Legislature, Water  /  No Comments

Water is precious in Arizona, but the department charged with managing it has long been underfunded and understaffed./Elizabeth Whitman By Elizabeth Whitman | Phoenix New Times A bill in the Arizona Legislature seeks to allocate an extra $6.1 million to the under-resourced Arizona Department of Water Resources so it can hire more employees, including scientists. […]

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Water Wars

Posted by   /  January 6, 2020  /  Water  /  No Comments

Powerful interests are lining up to move water from river communities to Phoenix and Tucson. Those communities need a veto. GUEST COLUMN: By Bruce Babbitt | Arizona Republic   (Editor’s note: Opinion pieces are published for discussion purposes only.) Another water war is getting underway. This time we are not fighting California. It’s a family feud […]

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