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Less Than Zero: Despite decades of accepted science, California and Arizona are still miscounting their water supplies

Less Than Zero: Despite decades of accepted science, California and Arizona are still miscounting their water supplies

Drawing groundwater from near a stream can suck that stream dry. In turn, using all the water in streams and rivers lessens their ability to replenish the aquifers beneath them. Yet California and Arizona -- the two states water experts say are facing the most severe water crises -- continue to count and regulate groundwater and surface water as if they were entirely separate.

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Not a drop to spare (access required)

The 100th anniversary of Salt River Project’s Theodore Roosevelt Dam this month put the exclamation point on how important effective water management is to life in the Valley of the Sun.

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Guenther removed as DWR head

Department of Water Resources Director Herb Guenther has been given his walking papers, and Assistant Director Sandra Fabritz-Whitney of Water Management Division has been named as acting department director.

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Navajo lawmakers table proposed water settlement

A vote on settling the Navajo Nation's water rights in the lower Colorado River basin will have to wait for another day. The Tribal Council on Wednesday tabled a bill that would have given the tribe 31,000 acre-feet of water a year from the Colorado River, the unappropriated surface flows from the Little Colorado River and nearly unlimited access to two aquifers beneath the reservation.

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