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What’s on tap for Arizona water in 2020?

Posted by   /  January 14, 2020  /  Water  /  No Comments

Hoover Dam and Lake Mead By Elizabeth Whitman | Phoenix New Times Each year, water becomes a little more scarce in the Southwest, and each year, everyone in Arizona jostles a tad more fiercely to hold onto their precious shares of this vital resource. Plenty of work is on the docket for 2020 and beyond […]

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Opinion: How two guys buried the hatchet and helped Arizona sign a historic drought plan

Posted by   /  December 29, 2019  /  Featured News, Water  /  No Comments

Think we’re too polarized to do anything meaningful? Tom Buschatzke and Ted Cooke prove that even those who disagree can work together. Tom Buschatzke (left) and Ted Cooke converse during an Arizona Lower Basin Drought Contingency Plan Steering Committee meeting on November 29, 2018. /Photo: David Wallace/The Republic By Arizona Republic Editorial Board  (Editor’s note: Opinion […]

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2019 Story of the Year: The race toward a critical agreement

Posted by   /  December 27, 2019  /  By Phil Riske, Featured News, Water  /  No Comments

No drought about it, Arizona, Pinal County at the water’s edge  By Phil Riske, Senior Reporter, Writer Arizona’s Colorado River drought plan is the most significant piece of water legislation signed in nearly 40 years, said Gov. Doug Ducey after the plan was worked out during seven months of negotiations and just days before a […]

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Reasons to be optimistic about Arizona’s water future

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

The Hoover Dam and Lake Mead. / File photo By Victoria Harker | Chamber Business News A 19-year-drought almost brought the Southwest to its knees this year as states and water stakeholders wrestled to reach consensus on a plan to conserve Colorado River water for the future.  In a race against Mother Nature, Arizona and […]

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[OP-ED How do we sustain the Colorado River past 2026? Here’s how Arizona intends to find out

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

BOULDER CITY, NEV. – The Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation and representatives from all seven Colorado River Basin states gathered in May and signed completed drought contingency plans for the Upper and Lower Colorado River basins at Hoover Dam. These completed plans are designed to reduce risks from ongoing drought and protect the […]

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State should loan Pinal County farmers funds until feds pitch in

Posted by   /  April 5, 2019  /  Legislature 2019 Regular Session, Water  /  No Comments

By Sine Kerr | Guest Opinion/Arizona Capitol Times (Editor’s note: Opinion pieces are published for discussions purposes only.) Recognizing the immediate realities of a historic drought, the Legislature and governor acted responsibly this year to approve the Drought Contingency Plan. The DCP prepares Arizona for a drier future, but its implementation requires cooperation and sacrifice […]

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Colorado River drought plan clears 2 early hurdles in Congress

Posted by   /  March 29, 2019  /  Real Estate, Water  /  No Comments

Tom Buschatzke, director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources, Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman, John R. D’Antonio, Jr. of New Mexico and Norm Johnson of Utah sign a letter to Congress Tuesday seeking action on a Colorado River drought plan. /Photo courtesy of Arizona Department of Water Resources By Andrew Nicla | Arizona […]

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[IN-DEPTH] Drought & Development: Contingency plan bites into Pinal County agriculture

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

  By Jim Headley | InMaricopa In Arizona’s newly passed Drought Contingency Plan (DCP), farmers in Pinal County stand to lose two-thirds of the irrigation water they have been receiving from the Colorado River. The DCP is an effort to keep the Colorado River’s major reservoirs from reaching catastrophically low levels. DCP goes into effect when […]

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Arizona Drought Contingency Plan bridge to a dryer future

Posted by   /  February 22, 2019  /  Featured News, Water  /  No Comments

  By Callan Smith | Rose Law Group Reporter Snow was falling in Gold Canyon when an eager crowd gathered to listen to panelists talk about water and the Drought Contingency Plan (DCP) affecting Pinal County, at the Pinal Partnership monthly breakfast event, moderated by Jordan Rose, Rose Law Group founder and president. The plan […]

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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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