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Jan 30, 2023

Recent snowfalls may slow water level decline at Lake Mead

Hefty snowfalls that fed the Colorado River in recent weeks may slow the water level decline of Lake Mead on the Nevada-Arizona border, according to some experts.

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Dec 9, 2022

Page wary of crisis on the Colorado River

As the once-mighty Colorado shrinks in the hands of a changing climate, communities that rely on it are starting to feel the pinch. Many large cities in the Southwest are well-positioned to weather the growing crisis, but some smaller ones have a perilous front row seat as the diminished river threatens to cut off their water supply completely. Page is one of them. 

Jun 13, 2022

It’s time for Legislature to protect water for all Arizonans

It’s time for state leaders to entrust rural groundwater management to the rural Arizonans whose lives and livelihoods depend on it.

Oct 1, 2019

Next step? Make AZ a strong voice among Colorado River states

It didn’t take long for the completion of the Drought Contingency Plan to create value to Arizona and the Colorado River Basin.

Aug 6, 2019

Arizona’s drought plan offers key lessons for the road ahead

rizona will need to bring the same quality of leadership and creative problem-solving that produced the DCP success story when water stakeholders resume work on the other pillars of a sustainable water future: protecting groundwater in both urban and rural areas, starting the regional process of re-negotiating the 2007 Interim Guidelines, and finding collaborative ways of conserving water while b[...]

Feb 1, 2019

Feds to Arizona, California: Drought plan not complete

Despite much fanfare over Arizona’s Legislature passing and Gov. Doug Ducey signing drought plan legislation Thursday, the Department of the Interior is stepping in because federal officials say the drought plan isn’t done.

Nov 26, 2018

No Arizona drought plan in sight as deadline looms

After months of drought plan negotiations and as the deadline for Arizona to produce an internal agreement on water reductions nears, the state’s water interests have nothing to show for their efforts yet.

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Nov 22, 2018

Ducey, Babbitt lead the way on water conservation

I applaud Governor Ducey’s and former Governor Babbitt’s public statements of support for Arizona’s adoption of the drought contingency plans (DCP), expressed last week. Arizona’s water future depends on careful conservation, management, and collaboration to ensure that all of our communities are able to plan well into the future. This leadership is a valuable and essential part of how we [...]

Oct 29, 2018

CAP celebrates 50 years since landmark legislation

As the Central Arizona Project celebrates the 50th anniversary of the federal act that authorized the massive water project, Arizona is still locked in complicated conversations about how the state will move forward on water issues.

Oct 29, 2018

Water plan makes shortfalls less painful, but doesn’t abolish them

Much work has been done and much will continue to be done – but the sooner we have the drought-contingency plan in place, the greater the benefits we will all reap via a plan that is acceptable to all Arizona water users.

Apr 9, 2015

When discussing Arizona’s economic future, add water

If you want to glimpse the future of a city or state, all you need to do is look at how it’s managing its water supply.

Dec 10, 2014

Drought to dominate Colorado River states meeting in Vegas

Amid worries that crucial multi-state water agreements are beginning to erode due to ongoing drought, representatives of seven Colorado River basin states are meeting in Las Vegas this week.