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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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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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Bills in Congress deal with drought plan for West

Posted by   /  April 3, 2019  /  Government and Politics, Water  /  No Comments

PinalCentral  The Colorado River as it runs through Marble Canyon below Glen Canyon Dam./Andy Howell/PinalCentral 2018 Federal legislation has been introduced on a plan to address the shrinking supply of water from a river that serves 40 million people in the U.S. West. Sen. Martha McSally and Rep. Raul Grijalva introduced identical bills Tuesday and […]

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[REGIONAL NEWS] Bills in Congress deal with drought plan for Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming

Posted by   /  April 3, 2019  /  Regional News, Water  /  No Comments

PinalCentral  The Colorado River as it runs through Marble Canyon below Glen Canyon Dam./Andy Howell/PinalCentral 2018 Pinal Central staff Federal legislation has been introduced on a plan to address the shrinking supply of water from a river that serves 40 million people in the U.S. West. Sen. Martha McSally and Rep. Raul Grijalva introduced identical […]

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Water officials press Senate on urgency of Colorado River drought plan

Posted by   /  March 28, 2019  /  Government and Politics, Water  /  No Comments

By Andrew Howard | Cronkite News The director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources told a Senate panel Wednesday there is an “urgent need” to authorize a multistate drought contingency plan for the Colorado River basin. Tom Buschatzke was one of several state and federal officials pressing Congress on the plan, years in the […]

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Arizona, six other states go to Congress for drought plan approval

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

Colorado River / Pixabay By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services The leaders of Colorado River basin states are asking Congress to approve the newly adopted drought contingency plan that they admit is not a long-term solution to a dryer future and less water in the river. Officials of the seven states on Tuesday signed […]

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MWD vote moves Colorado River drought plan forward

Posted by   /  March 13, 2019  /  Water  /  No Comments

By Bettina Boxall | Los Angeles Times The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California on Tuesday sealed California’s participation in a landmark Colorado River drought management plan, agreeing to shoulder more of the state’s future delivery cuts to prevent Lake Mead from falling to dangerously low levels. With California signed on, the plan can move […]

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LA offers way to get Colorado River drought plan across the finish line

Posted by   /  February 28, 2019  /  Water  /  No Comments

By Janet Wilson | Palm Springs Desert Sun With a Monday deadline looming, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California has offered to break an impasse on a seven-state Colorado River drought contingency package by contributing necessary water from its own reserves on behalf of the Imperial Irrigation District. It’s not help that IID is seeking, but […]

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Gila River Indian Community moves ahead with Colorado River drought plan after clash with lawmaker

Posted by   /  February 23, 2019  /  Featured News, Water  /  No Comments

By Ian James | Arizona Republic Arizona’s efforts to finish a Colorado River drought plan are moving forward after leaders of the Gila River Indian Community announced that they will proceed with their piece of the deal. The community’s leader, Gov. Stephen Roe Lewis, had threatened to pull out of the agreement if the Legislature […]

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Arizona congratulates itself on Colorado River drought plan, which still isn’t done

Posted by   /  February 21, 2019  /  Real Estate  /  No Comments

By Elizabeth Whitman | Phoenix New Times A muted celebration settled over Arizona’s final meeting on its Colorado River drought plan on Tuesday, even though more than a dozen agreements remain unfinished and a federal deadline is less than two weeks away. “I want to sincerely congratulate all the Steering Committee members,” said Leslie Meyers, the […]

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