Colorado River Compact

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Jan 30, 2023

Rain, snow won’t be enough to end West’s drought

The West has been slammed by wet weather this winter: An “atmospheric river” has pummeled California with weeks of heavy rain and the Rocky Mountains are getting buried with snow. That’s good news for the Colorado River, but climate scientists say the 40 million people who use the river’s water should take the good news with a grain of salt.

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.

Greg Stanton, a former member of the Phoenix City Council, celebrates as election returns come in. (Cronkite News Service Photo by Joanne Ingram)
Jun 24, 2015

Stanton touts city’s successes, warns of need to fight for water rights

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton told a Washington panel Tuesday that Arizona is in a fight to make sure other states, particularly California, don’t take water “that rightfully belongs to the people of Arizona.”

Feb 27, 2011

George W. P. Hunt: Arizona’s political heavy-weight through its first three decades

When George Wylie Paul Hunt plunked his 300 pounds into the Arizona governor’s chair, he was a hard man to remove, even when it looked as if the voters had tossed him out.

Feb 18, 2011

Interstate compacts — A new tactic for challenging federal authority

Once employed for such mundane issues as inmate transfers, natural resource management and state boundary definitions, interstate compacts have suddenly become the latest tool for legislators looking to buck the federal government on a slew of controversial topics.