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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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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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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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