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Above-average snowpack improves Colorado River reservoir levels

Posted by   /  April 20, 2019  /  Water  /  No Comments

It’s good news for Arizona water this year, but doesn’t reverse nearly two decades of drought in the Colorado River Basin The late-afternoon sun on Lake Powell, April 2018/Vanessa Barchfield/AZPM By Ariana Brocious | Arizona Public Media Above-average snowpack in the upper Colorado River basin means good news — this year — for the reservoirs […]

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Arizona’s top water official not worried yet about lawsuit involving drought plan

Posted by   /  April 18, 2019  /  Water  /  No Comments

Arizona’s top water official says a lawsuit filed Tuesday by California’s Imperial Irrigation District could pose a threat to the newly approved multistate drought contingency plan. / Wikipedia By Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services | Arizona Daily Star Arizona’s top water official says a lawsuit filed Tuesday by California’s Imperial Irrigation District could pose a […]

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[NEWS RELEASE] Salton Sea is focus of IID’s legal challenge to Drought Contingency Plan

Posted by   /  April 17, 2019  /  Courts/Law, Water  /  No Comments

(Editor’s note: News releases are published as submitted unless there are errors of fact.) Shoreline filled with fish remains and debris is exposed at the shoreline of the Salton Sea in Bombay Beach./Zoë Meyers/The Desert Sun  Imperial Irrigation District News Release On the same day President Trump signed the Drought Contingency Plan into law, Imperial […]

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Drought plan buys Arizona more time, but Pinal farmers need money now

Posted by   /  April 17, 2019  /  Water  /  No Comments

A map shows the Southwestern states in the Colorado River basin. / Cronkite News By Howard Fischer | Captiol Media Services, Pinal Central President Trump on Tuesday signed the plan for how Arizona and other Colorado River basin states will divide up the limited water that’s now available. But what it also is doing is […]

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President Trump signs bill endorsing Colorado River drought plan

Posted by   /  April 17, 2019  /  Water  /  No Comments

By Andrew Nicla | Arizona Republic President Donald Trump signed a bill Tuesday authorizing a plan for Western states to take less water from the overburdened Colorado River. The president’s signing capped a years-long process of sometimes difficult negotiations among the seven states that rely on the river. Trump announced his approval of the bill in a tweet, […]

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Experts say Arizona tribes’ role in drought negotiations marks turning point for inclusion

Posted by   /  April 16, 2019  /  Water  /  No Comments

Ramona Button started Ramona Farms in 1974 using her mother’s 10-acre allotment on the Gila River Indian Community. /Photo by Oskar Agredano/Cronkite News By Lillian Donahue | Cronkite News SACATON – Sprouting through the cracked floor of the Sonoran Desert, tepary beans thrive in the dry heat and carry with it centuries of resilience from […]

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[REGIONAL NEWS] ‘Mediterranean climate’: California drought ends after more than 7 years, but dry conditions will return

Posted by   /  April 14, 2019  /  Water  /  No Comments

California had experienced some form of drought for 376 consecutive weeks By Kristin Lam | USA TODAY  California is completely drought free for the first time since 2011 as a wet winter winds down, scientists said.  Abnormally dry conditions linger in less than 7 percent of California, the U.S. Drought Monitor said on Thursday, as […]

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After Colorado River drought plan, what’s next for water in Arizona?

Posted by   /  April 12, 2019  /  Water  /  No Comments

The Salt River, in Arizona/Alan Stark via Flickr By Elizabeth Whitman | Phoenix New Times Even though the roller-coaster negotiations over the Drought Contingency Plan have finally come to an end, Arizona’s water problems, which are far more complex than just a Colorado River shortage, are not over. To Cynthia Campbell, they never will be, […]

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Congress passes Colorado River drought plan with unanimous approval from Arizona lawmakers

Posted by   /  April 9, 2019  /  Featured News, Water  /  No Comments

By Andrew Nicla | Arizona Republic  A bill that would authorize the federal government to enact a drought plan for Colorado River basin states in times of shortage has passed Congress and is on its way to the White House for the president’s signature. Rep. Raúl Grijalva, D-Ariz., and Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., fast-tracked the […]

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BREAKING UPDATE: Colorado River DCP; heads to president’s desk

Posted by   /  April 8, 2019  /  Water  /  No Comments

Arizona’s Congressional Delegation Leads Both Houses This Afternoon By Arizona Politics The Colorado River as it runs through Marble Canyon below Glen Canyon Dam./Andy Howell/PinalCentral 2018 UPDATE, 3:40pm: The Senate has now approved the DCP, as well. Both Houses passed the identical bill today on voice votes, so the next action will be for President […]

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