Though Arizona water gurus still maintain Arizona has NO immediate water problem…Really…

…Though Arizona water gurus still maintain Arizona has NO immediate water problem…Really…

The ebb and flow of water predictions in Arizona

Arizona Public Media  ,,, Snowfall and rain were good this winter in the upper Colorado River Basin, but for Arizona, the good news didn’t last long. The amount of water flowing into the Colorado River wasn’t enough for the Bureau of Reclamation, which changed its forecast for the amount of water in Lake Mead, drawing closer to an official shortage. Such a shortage would mean less Colorado River water for Arizona, to the tune of about 11 percent.  …. Water management has been a key part of living in Arizona since statehood — and even though leaders in the area have been credited with having a strong vision for maintaining and storing water, new challenges are emerging. Climate change is the one most often mentioned.

But another is the increasing number of people who’ve decided to live in denser communities. With a finite resource like water, is it more difficult to maintain when more residents are using it in a more limited space?

Businesses relieved by elimination of EPA rule

Posted: Jul 09, 2017 10:15 PMUpdated: Jul 09, 2017 10:15 PM  Written By Sam Salzwedel…TUCSON – Many business owners are celebrating the repeal of an environmental regulation.

The Environmental Protection Agency is eliminating the Waters of the United States rule, commonly known as WOTUS.

Tina Thompson’s family has operated a ranch near Willcox since 1879. She recently needed to drill a well. The application to the Arizona Department of Water Resources took 7 days. She said, under WOTUS, she would also need a federal permit.

“If anybody has dealt with federal government and permits they know how lengthy that can be,” Thompson said. “And we just couldn’t wait, for the sake of our cattle, to be able to have water.”

The well is near a wash that runs a few times a year. The ranchers also use heavy equipment to dig out tanks that catch mountain runoff. They bury pipelines, build roads and construct fences. They were afraid all those activities would be limited under WOTUS.

“The Clean Water Act, when it was enacted in 1972, was a good thing,” Thompson said. “We did need some guidance and to keep our waters clean, but this is so broad.”

Rep. Martha McSally helped fight WOTUS. After President Donald Trump was elected she led a congressional letter asking for relief from the new administration.

“We all want to make sure that the waters out there are clean and they are complying with the current law of the Clean Water Act,” McSally said. “And this was being managed mostly by the states previously. And this is just a classic example of over-reach.”

He said the WOTUS repeal is an example of special interests influencing Washington.

“To slash and burn the entire policy is a mistake,” he said. “It is irresponsible government, and it is not conducive to protecting the water supply in our state.”

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