The “fight” over who will get WATER is just beginning in Arizona…

…The “fight” over who will get WATER is just beginning in Arizona…

Arizona legislators expect water fight

Originally Published: January 3, 2018 5:53 a.m…… LAKE HAVASU CITY – Lake Havasu City’s representatives in the Arizona State Capitol say they’ll be closely watching the Central Arizona Project’s attempt to take water rights from Mohave County.

In October, CAP began the due diligence phase of a sale with a pair of New York City hedge fund firms to purchase seven farms in Mohave Valley totaling approximately 2,200 acres of farmland with approximately 14,000 acre-feet of diversion water rights from the Colorado River. If the sale proceeds, it will syphon off more than 5,500 acre feet of water annually to central Arizona homes and businesses.

“There is a lot of push back on this especially from the rural caucus,” said state Sen. Sonny Borrelli, R-Lake Havasu City. “I don’t believe there is any support to have this endeavor move forward, and hopefully any legislation supporting it will die. If it doesn’t die, I’m going to do everything I can to drown it.”

If the sale proceeds, Rep. Regina Cobb, R-Kingman, agrees with Borrelli that Colorado River water issues will receive a lot of focus when the legislative session begins Jan. 8.

“There are issues I have with both sides of taking Colorado River water,” Cobb said. “We’ll see how that bill comes out. I haven’t seen it yet, but it’s supposed to be an extensive bill, so it will have a lot of parts that I may or may not agree with. Still, the ultimate goal is protecting my district.”

Cobb also plans to reintroduce water legislation she submitted at the start of this year’s session that failed for lack of support.

The bill, Cobb said, will strengthen the regulatory authority of the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR). Currently ADWR has no regulatory authority over water resources used by agriculture or the ability of imposing limits on how many wells farming operations can drill.

“What I’d like to see is, if there is an at-risk aquifer, we allow county supervisors to go to the Department of Water Resources and ask them to conduct metering and monitoring of that basin,” Cobb said.

“Right now we have basins that are being drained pretty quickly and we have no control over our water. Although people have to apply to put a well in, once they do, there are no restrictions on how much water they can take out.”

Water is going to be a “big fight,” Cobb added.

“I’m not sure why we decided to tackle water this year, in an election year, because normally we are done early, but I doubt that’s going to happen,” Cobb said. “It’s going to be a full session.”

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…If this does not cause, bring about, make happen an “Awakening” then likely nothing will … Trump’ likely has “awakened” the sleeping giant … woman power…

…If this does not cause, bring about, make happen an

 “Awakening” then likely nothing will …  Trump’ likely

 

has “awakened” the sleeping giant … woman power…

 

Do women matter to international security? Trump just changed the U.S. government’s answer to that question.

The president’s National Security Strategy offers no statement that women’s rights are critical to national and international security.

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Iceland becomes the first country to make paying women less for the same work illegal

This is a path WE cannot allow

…Trump simply cannot allow us to make any decision for our self… This is a path WE cannot allow…!!!

 

In a move that may jeopardize states’ legalization of marijuana, the Justice Dept. is rescinding a policy discouraging federal prosecutions

Thursday, January 4, 2018 10:18 AM EST

 

The Trump administration on Thursday will free federal prosecutors to more aggressively enforce marijuana laws, effectively threatening to undermine the legalization movement that has spread to six states, most recently California.

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the Colorado River meeting our needs?

…If you trust any newspaper or TV talking head then Arizona per our water gurus does not have an “immediate” water issue…   You believe that, right…???

Water Dominates Environmental News in 2017 and 2018  ……Is the Colorado River meeting our needs?

by Vanessa Barchfield  ……As usual, the big environmental story in Arizona in the past year was water.

First, we have to journey back to 2016 when years of an extended drought and poor snowpack led the US Bureau of Reclamation to forecast a 50/50 chance of a shortage being declared on Lake Mead in 2017.

Last winter covered the Rockies with heavy blankets of snow, which, as days turned warmer melted and raised the water level on the Colorado River, averting a shorage.

In its annual forecast in August 2017, Bureau of Reclamation said that there is a zero chance of a shortage being declared next year – which is big for Arizona, the state that will take the biggest cuts to its allocations of Colorado River when a shortage is declared.

How will this year’s snow measure up? Check back next spring.

Another big story of 2017 also to pertains to the Colorado River. The U.S. and Mexico reached an agreement (Minute 323) to share river water and shore up the levels on Lake Mead.

Both countries have agreed to take cuts in the events of a shortage and will leave water in the reservoir during times of surplus.

Part of Minute 323 requires that basin states on the US side adopt drought contingency plans, which none has but negotiations are ongoing.

Arizona officials say their goal is to finalize their plan by August – we’ll be following that story in the year to come.

Further evidence that Trump is incapable to “shut-the-hell –up”… he is stirring the pot…why…???

…Further evidence that Trump is incapable to “shut-the-hell –up”… he is stirring the pot…why…???

Trump slams Bannon: ‘When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind’

The president released a remarkably fiery statement following new comments from his former adviser critical of the White House and Trump family members.

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…Tell Trump & Sessions it is none of their GD business…

…Tell Trump & Sessions it is none of their GD business…

Top marijuana policy advisor to AG Sessions wants routine drug-testing as part of your primary care

cabal is not content to KILL its designated enemies, it now KILLS us

…America’s military industrial corporate congressional bank$ter cabal is not content to KILL its designated enemies, it now KILLS us…

The Explosive Compound RDX May Be the Greatest Threat to the U.S.’s Health      How the explosive is poisoning our soil—and our bodies.

By Ranjani Chakraborty, Abrahm Lustgarten /ProPublicaJanuary 4, 2018, 1:01 PM GMTThe United States has built the most powerful military in the world. That strength has come at a largely unknown cost. The testing and disposal of the nation’s weapons here in the U.S. have poisoned drinking water supplies, rendered millions of acres of land unsafe or unusable, and jeopardized the health of often unwitting Americans.

 

ProPublica months ago began investigating the scope of the environmental problems caused by the U.S. military on domestic soil. What we found was arresting. The Pentagon has cataloged more than 40,000 contaminated sitesacross U.S. states and territories, and it has so far spent more than $40 billion attempting to clean them up. We have found no other single entity — corporation, government agency or individual — responsible for so much environmental degradation. The total amount of land contaminated by the military is larger than the state of Florida. Thousands of sites remain dangerously polluted and fenced off, awaiting the government’s attention. Thousands of others have already been returned to public use — for parks, housing and schools — in some instances without thorough cleanups.

Faced with these liabilities, the Pentagon has routinely sought to minimize its responsibility for fixing its environmental problems. It burns hazardous wasteand explosives because it’s the cheapest way to dispose of them, even though the burning process has been outlawed for most American industries since the 1980s. It employs contractors to dispose of hazardous waste and clean up toxic sites, then claims it is not responsible when some of those contractors commit fraud, improperly handle toxic material, or cut corners on cleanups. It has in some cases explicitly refused to cooperate with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and let dangerous sites linger unaddressed.

But perhaps nothing better exemplifies the Pentagon’s approach to its pollution problem than the story of RDX, one of the world’s most powerful conventional explosives. RDX was developed by the U.S. military during World War II. It is now believed by many to cause cancer, and is increasingly turning up in drinking water supplies near military sites across the country. As the human health and environmental dangers of RDX have become known, ProPublica’s investigation found that the Pentagon has resisted scientific evidence that it causes cancer, interfered with federal and state efforts to clean up RDX-contaminated lands, and even pressed Congress to re-write American environmental laws so as to not apply to RDX contamination.

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