Colorado River Clashes Leave Arizona Drought Deal in Limbo

Nov. 29, 2018, 11:31 AM

Arizona’s biggest water users, from agriculture to cities, are racing to negotiate an agreement to prepare the state for a drier future—or risk holding up a regional deal to protect the Colorado River.

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation leaders this year want to finalize an agreement, called the Drought Contingency Plan, among seven Western states to alleviate the impacts of overuse and drought on the river system. Arizona is among those most at risk of losing crucial water supplies if Colorado River reservoir levels continue to dip.

Arizona has yet to decide on how it would implement its part of ...

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