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Arizona must develop new water supplies now

Arizona is at a crossroads. Nearly 40% of Arizona’s annual water uses are supplied by the Colorado River. However, the outlook for Colorado River water availability – and Arizona’s junior allocation, in particular – is deeply concerning. 

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Water and business as usual at the Legislature

(Photo by Ellen O'Brien)

Without some real changes in the law to better limit ground and surface water pumping and diversions and to sustain ecological flows in our waters, we cannot establish a sustainable water framework. None of this was addressed in the bill or elsewhere during the legislative session. This water bill is not a new page, but a page in a book we have read many times and written by those who have given us unsustainable policies, a page that will keep Arizona on track to confront another water crisis sooner rather than later. 

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