Western states

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Feb 1, 2023

California releases its own plan for Colorado River cuts

California released a plan Tuesday detailing how Western states reliant on the Colorado River should save more water. It came a day after the six other states in the river basin made a competing proposal.

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

Changes in law and policy are needed to sustain all Arizona waterways

The Arizona Sustainable Water Workgroup (SWWg) advocates for more transparency, expanded stakeholder participation, and more sustainable solutions in Arizona water policy. At this crucial time for water policy decisions, our group has stepped forward to advocate for a fundamental concept that is often lost in the current water debate – the critical need to save Arizona’s rivers, streams, and [...]

Sep 18, 2015

Idea of Western states taking over federal land is back in vogue

Back in the mid-1990s, Republican Sen. Sylvia Allen was a rebel. A Sagebrush Rebel. Long before she was a state lawmaker, Allen was pushing back against environmentalists and the federal government as part of a long-standing movement to force the federal government to turn over federally-managed lands to the Western states.

Jun 25, 2015

Governors of 10 Western states meeting to discuss drought

The governors of 10 Western states began a three-day meeting Wednesday in Lake Tahoe to tackle drought and other problems that don't respect state boundaries.