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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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[IN-DEPTH] Here’s what the Colorado River deal will do, and why some criticize Arizona’s approach

Posted by   /  March 27, 2019  /  Water  /  No Comments

By Ian James | Arizona Republic  The Desert Princess, a three-level paddle-wheeler, cruises past Rock Island, March 17, 2019, in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area near the Arizona/Nevada border. A high-water mark or “bathtub ring” is visible on the island; Lake Mead is down 139 vertical feet./Mark Henle/The Republic   Gov. Doug Ducey has called […]

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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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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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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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Keeping Pinal County agriculture alive as federal deadline for drought plan nears

Posted by   /  January 30, 2019  /  By Phil Riske, Energy and Environment, Featured News, Legislature 2019 Regular Session, Water  /  No Comments

How Arizona ended up in this water short situation, experts say, is the Colorado River was over-allocated from the beginning, and as water management policies were drawn in 2000 and 2004, they did not take into account one factor — drought.   By Phil Riske | Senior Reporter/Writer (STATE CAPITOL) — Numerous witnesses with a […]

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What is the Drought Contingency Plan and will it affect me?

Posted by   /  January 25, 2019  /  Water  /  No Comments

  By Andrew Nicla | AZCentral Arizona’s water leaders and lawmakers are running out of time to complete the state’s Drought Contingency Plan, a blueprint for how Arizona water users would share a likely shortage on the Colorado River. The water managers and elected officials working on the plan have tried to convey a sense of urgency to […]

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Lawmakers get first look at legislation for Drought Contingency Plan

Posted by   /  January 16, 2019  /  Legislature 2019 Regular Session, Water  /  No Comments

  By Carmen Forman | Arizona Capitol Times As the deadline for Arizona to adopt a drought plan inches closer, state lawmakers received an early look at the water measures they could vote on later this month. The draft legislation compiled by the Department of Water Resources looks similar to how water leaders described the […]

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[SUNDAY FEATURE] Dire warnings for Arizona, the Southwest included in new federal climate report

Posted by   /  December 2, 2018  /  Energy and Environment, Featured News, Science, Water  /  No Comments

By Tony Davis | Arizona Daily Star ore heat and drought. Less water. More heat-related deaths and hospital visits. Bigger wildfires. Fewer native trees. Maybe more valley fever cases. Someday, possibly less food and less energy, not counting solar energy.  These and other impacts of warmer weather in Arizona and the Southwest are laid out in […]

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