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Showdown over water bill averted, clearing way for Arizona to finish Colorado River deal

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

  By Ian James | AZCentral Proposed water legislation that might have upended Arizona’s Colorado River drought plan was set aside by a leading Republican lawmaker following a day of tense debate. The dispute over the bill pitted House Speaker Rusty Bowers, who introduced the measure on behalf of a group of farmers and ranchers, against the […]

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Global CEO talks about water cutbacks in Drought Contingency Plan

Posted by   /  February 19, 2019  /  Water  /  No Comments

  By Jim Headley | InMaricopa “It’s a little complicated. It’s a little chaotic right now, but it’s not a crisis.” Ron Fleming, Global Water Resources president and CEO, addressed the members of the Maricopa Economic Development Alliance (MEDA) about the state’s Drought Contingency Plan on Wednesday. Fleming told the MEDA membership, “It’s just complicated, and there’s a lot […]

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[OPINION] Congress must reach across aisle and protect Grand Canyon

Posted by   /  February 18, 2019  /  Energy and Environment, Featured News, Government and Politics, Water  /  No Comments

  By Cindy McCain and Mark Udall | The Washington Post (Editor’s note:Opinion pieces are published for discussions purposes only.) Every year, Americans of all political persuasions make pilgrimages to Grand Canyon National Park, which will mark its 100th anniversary on Feb. 26. They stand in awe at the rim of this natural wonder, grateful […]

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[REGIONAL NEWS] Colorado drought report: Southwest faces long road back to normal; Front Range dry but better off

Posted by   /  February 17, 2019  /  Energy and Environment, Water  /  No Comments

  By Jackson Barnett | The Denver Post The drought that has gripped much of Colorado since late 2017 didn’t abate in 2018, and despite recent snowfall — which added to the all-important snowpack in the high country — the prospect of relief is still well down the road. Western Colorado, particularly the Four Corners […]

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Bowers still wants hearing on water bill that may derail drought plan

Posted by   /  February 15, 2019  /  Legislature 2019 Regular Session, Water  /  No Comments

  By Jerod MacDonald-Evoy | Arizona Mirror House Speaker Rusty Bowers plans to continue to move forward with water legislation despite threats by the Gila River Indian Community to leave a seven-state drought plan if that legislation because of it If the Gila River Indian Community holds true to its statement and refuses to sign […]

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Facing cutbacks on the Colorado River, Arizona farmers look to groundwater to stay in business

Posted by   /  February 15, 2019  /  Water  /  No Comments

  By Ian James | Arizona Republic MARICOPA — In satellite images, the farm fields in central Arizona stand out like an emerald green quilt draped across the desert landscape. Seeing it from the ground level, the fields of alfalfa, corn and wheat are interspersed with the furrows of freshly plowed fields. After the cotton harvest, stray […]

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GRIC pulls back on drought plan

Posted by   /  February 15, 2019  /  Water  /  No Comments

  By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services A major player in the drought contingency plan on Thursday yanked its scheduled ratification of its part of the deal, potentially upending any chance of the state meeting the March 4 deadline set by the Bureau of Reclamation. Stephen Roe Lewis, governor of the Gila River Indian Community, […]

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Gila River pulls out of Drought Contingency Plan

Posted by   /  February 15, 2019  /  Water  /  No Comments

  By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services A major player in the drought contingency plan on Thursday yanked its scheduled ratification of its part of the deal, potentially upending any chance of the state meeting the March 4 deadline set by the Bureau of Reclamation. Stephen Roe Lewis, governor of the Gila River Indian Community, […]

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Senate easily passes conservation, public lands bill

Posted by   /  February 13, 2019  /  Energy and Environment, Government and Politics, Water  /  No Comments

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Auditor General: Hit by recession, Arizona’s water department 10 years behind

Posted by   /  February 12, 2019  /  Government and Politics, Water  /  No Comments

  By Elizabeth Whitman | Phoenix New Times A decade after the recession cut its budget and staffing to the bone, the state agency tasked with making sure Arizona has a solid water supply is 10 years behind in key elements of groundwater management, according to a recent report by the state auditor general’s office. […]

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