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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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[SUNDAY FEATURE] How Arizona’s drought plan will spread the pain to farms, cities, tribes, developers

Posted by   /  February 3, 2019  /  Featured News, Water  /  No Comments

  By Tony Davis | Arizona Daily Star “Everyone will feel pain” was the mantra emanating from supporters of Arizona’s drought plan for the Colorado River as it wound through the Legislature. It is true that under the plan, now embedded in state law, the major water users served by the $4 billion Central Arizona […]

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Colorado River plan in question as top federal water official tells Arizona and California: ‘Close isn’t done’

Posted by   /  February 1, 2019  /  Featured News, Legislature 2019 Regular Session, Water  /  No Comments

Ian James | Arizona Republic A top federal water official announced Friday that because California and Arizona haven’t finished Colorado River drought plans, the Interior Department is asking the governors of all seven states that rely on the river for recommendations on how to prevent reservoirs from continuing to drop. Federal Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman […]

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Arizona Legislature passes historic Colorado River drought plan hours before deadline

Posted by   /  January 31, 2019  /  Featured News, Legislature 2019 Regular Session, Water  /  No Comments

  By Dustin Gardiner, Andrew Nicla and Ian James | The Arizona Republic Arizona lawmakers approved a Colorado River drought deal Thursday afternoon, about sevenhours before a midnight deadline set by the federal government. But their hours of rushed work could be overshadowed, as a California irrigation district’s demands threaten to delay efforts to finish […]

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Colorado River drought plan takes another step at Arizona Legislature; final vote Thursday

Posted by   /  January 31, 2019  /  Legislature 2019 Regular Session, Water  /  No Comments

  By Andrew Nicla and Dustin Gardiner | Arizona Republic Arizona lawmakers appear on track to pass a Colorado River drought plan, with less than 30 hours to go before a critical federal deadline. A state Senate committee voted 6-1 Wednesday evening to pass a pair of measures that outline how the state would share looming cutbacks on the […]

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Lack of Arizona drought plan would mean chaos and uncertainty, water experts say

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

  By Tony Davis | Arizona Daily Star “Horrible” and “chaos” are among the outcomes that water experts are predicting for Arizona if the Legislature fails to approve a drought contingency plan for the Colorado River. Among the concerns raised by experts in academia and government about the potential failure to approve a drought plan: […]

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These key players could decide the fate of the Colorado River drought deal

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

  By Ian James and Dustin Gardiner | Arizona Republic Federal Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman has drawn a line in the sand for Arizona and other Western states: Finish a deal to take less water from the Colorado River by Thursday, or the federal government will be forced to step in and decide how to prevent reservoirs from […]

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Arizona water leaders lean on developers to support drought plan

Posted by   /  January 22, 2019  /  Water  /  No Comments

  By Elizabeth Whitman | Phoenix New Times As the Colorado River teeters on the brink of shortage, water leaders in Arizona are begging developers to pressure legislators to sign off on a drought plan, while also aiming to reassure those developers that despite a drier future, it’s safe to come to Arizona and build. “We […]

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[REGIONAL NEWS] Lake Powell could become a ‘dead pool’ as climate change, political wars and unabated growth drain its waters

Posted by   /  January 20, 2019  /  Energy and Environment, Water  /  No Comments

  By Brian Maffly | Salt Lake City Tribune Climate change, unbridled development and Western water politics are conspiring to gradually grant this wish. The reservoir has shed an average of 155 billion gallons a year over the past two decades, the result of drought-depleted river flows coupled with rising demands from powerful downstream water […]

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Cities warn Pinal farmers not to push for more water

Posted by   /  January 18, 2019  /  Real Estate, Water  /  No Comments

  By Howard Fischer | Pinal Central An organization that represents major Arizona cities is effectively warning Pinal County farmers not to demand more in the proposed drought-contingency plan. Warren Tenney, executive director of the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association, said he believes the plan, delivered to lawmakers this week and awaiting legislative action, has […]

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