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State leaders discuss major water challenges

Posted by   /  June 23, 2020  /  Government and Politics, Water  /  No Comments

By Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa | Casa Grande Dispatch CASA GRANDE — Finding a solution to Arizona’s water problems is going to take input from everyone, according to panelists at the University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center’s annual conference. That includes state, federal and local governments, the public, environmental organizations, agriculture and business and may require […]

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Draft of Pinal AMA fourth management plan released.

Posted by   /  March 11, 2020  /  Real Estate  /  No Comments

By Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa | Maricopa Monitor CASA GRANDE — The long-awaited draft of the fourth management plan for the Pinal Active Management Area has been released by the Arizona Department of Water Resources. The draft is currently listed on ADWR’s website, along with a list of changes from the third management plan. The third management plans […]

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State lawmakers and industry talk water stewardship

Posted by   /  February 11, 2020  /  Water  /  No Comments

By Victoria Harker | Chamber Business News Representatives from Arizona’s most sustainable companies — Microsoft, Intel, Arizona Public Service, Ewing Irrigation, Salt River Project and others — met with legislative leaders at the state Capitol last week to talk about the state’s water supply and how to protect it for future development.  Businesses will continue […]

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Water management fixes won’t come soon for Arizona, experts say

Posted by   /  February 10, 2020  /  Water  /  No Comments

By Tony Davis | Arizona Daily Star Overhauling a state water program that allows new suburban developments to sprout on pumped groundwater will likely take years — if it ever happens. While concern is mounting about “unintended consequences” of the 1993 law that set this program up, the law’s complexity and its strong support from […]

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Arizona’s water system for suburban growth heads toward ‘train wreck,’ Babbitt says

Posted by   /  January 26, 2020  /  Water  /  No Comments

By Tony Davis | Arizona Daily Star A water management district created by a 1993 state law that allowed massive subdivisions to spread into the outer suburbs of Tucson and Phoenix is now heading for a “train wreck,” warns former Arizona Governor and Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt. Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers, who like Babbitt […]

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[OPINION] Why would Bruce Babbitt, long a voice of reason on water, support such a knee-jerk idea?

Posted by   /  January 16, 2020  /  Water  /  No Comments

Opinion: It was shocking to see the former Arizona governor championing a scheme that would set off parochial, Balkanizing fights over water. By Grady Gammage, Jr., opinion contributor | azcentral Arizona is defined by acquiring, managing, sharing and moving water. From the time of the Hohokam through the building of the Salt River Project and the CAP […]

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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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Water Wars

Posted by   /  January 6, 2020  /  Water  /  No Comments

Powerful interests are lining up to move water from river communities to Phoenix and Tucson. Those communities need a veto. GUEST COLUMN: By Bruce Babbitt | Arizona Republic   (Editor’s note: Opinion pieces are published for discussion purposes only.) Another water war is getting underway. This time we are not fighting California. It’s a family feud […]

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Time to move faster on cutting Colorado River use, conservationist warns

Posted by   /  January 5, 2020  /  Water  /  No Comments

 Water levels on Lake Powell are being closely watched by the Lower Basin states of Arizona, California and Nevada. Brian Richter of the nonprofit group Sustainable Waters estimates that Lake Powell has lost an average of around 600,000 acre-feet a year since 2000/Mark Henle / The Arizona Republic 2013 By Tony Davis | Arizona Daily […]

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Regional News: California water politics complicate House panel’s oversight

Posted by   /  December 18, 2019  /  Regional News, Water  /  No Comments

Natural Resources chairman wants to investigate Interior secretary’s role in water allocation report that benefited a committee member’s district By Jacob Holzman | Roll Call California Democratic Rep. Jim Costa represents part of California’s San Joaquin Valley, a drought-prone region where the politics surrounding agricultural and water interests can often trump partisanship. /Bill Clark/CQ Roll […]

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