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Immediate action needed to avert water crisis

Immediate action needed to avert water crisis

Recent newspaper articles have been replete with accounts concerning the devastating water shortage impacting Arizona and other southwestern states. Due to severe drought conditions Lake Mead, the country’s largest water reservoir, is only 38 percent full and the water level at Lake Powell has dropped to 45 percent.

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Securing Arizona’s future prosperity — A strategic vision for water supply sustainability

Arizona has a long history of addressing our water supply challenges. Before statehood, farmers and ranchers in Phoenix’s Salt River Valley put their own lands up as collateral to finance the construction of Roosevelt Dam, providing a more reliable water supply and reducing the impacts of flooding and drought as well as setting the stage for prosperity unimaginable in those early days.

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Federal plan to close land won’t end uranium mining near Grand Canyon

Deep within the canyon, a few miles removed from the mule trains of the popular Bright Angel Trail, Horn Creek creates a ribbon of green vegetation here before plunging toward the Colorado River.

But the handful of people allowed to camp in this splendid isolation receive a warning with their permits: Don’t drink the water when Horn Creek is flowing. It’s radioactive.

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