"In the future, it may be easier for similar developments to be built in rural areas. New legislation proposed by Arizona State Sen. Gail Griffin (R-Hereford) could loosen water requirements for new developments in rural counties. But as new projects seek to break ground, environmentalists worry how the added population will affect the demand for the San Pedro River’s water in the future. Biologically, the river is an irreplaceable riparian stronghold for the area with its finite water supply, according to Nicole Gillett, conservation advocate with the Tucson Audubon Society. With more demand for water, what will happen to the river?" . . .
"If a city such as Cape Town, with a sprawling coastline on the Atlantic Ocean, can run out of water, what are the chances it could happen in Arizona, the only U.S. state where parts of all four North American deserts can be found?"......
The Sustainable Water Workgroup, made up of 27 environmental and community organizations, as well as hundreds of individuals, asks that you please take into consideration some key environmental and economic factors as you move forward with developing legislation and policies that will affect the future of water in our state. View letter
"Gov. Doug Ducey’s office is pushing a series of controversial proposals to overhaul state water management. One reason is to assure investors that Arizona has enough water for future economic development."
"The agencies are jockeying over a series of issues, many pointing to who controls the state’s most precious resource — and the population growth and jobs it can support."
"The agency that operates the CAP wants to spend $34 million on farmland and water rights from a rural slice of northwestern Arizona along the Colorado River to slake the thirst of the growing Tucson and Phoenix suburban areas".
"Four Indian tribes owning the biggest and the most shortage-proof share of Colorado River water in the Lower Basin want to spread that booty around Arizona".
"progress has been made on water conservation....we should use this brief reprieve to double our efforts to improve how we use, manage and share our limited supply of Colorado river water. ...the long term challenge hasn't changed....."
Ten states from Nevada to Texas have weighed into support two water agencies in their fight with an Indian tribe over control of ground water in the California desert
27 Groups and Hundreds of Individuals Commit to Protecting Environmental Waters
The groups seek to inform, educate, and advocate for changes in water policies at the state and local level, noting that Arizona needs to achieve a sustainable water future through effective management that controls surface water and groundwater use in a manner that can be maintained for an indefinite time, without causing unacceptable environmental, economic, or social consequences. To achieve that, water users – farmers and ranchers, cities and towns, tribal communities, business and industry, environmental interests and everyday people – must work together to better manage our water resources.