sort of, kind of, mainly

image…So Az Gov Doug Ducey sort of, kind of, mainly, lies…!!!

… Are you honestly surprised…???

as long as WE permit

…And TRUMP will continue to use victims as props as long as WE permit


this “reboot” takes place without your participation

…Pay very close attention … this “reboot” takes place without your participation … You do NOT have a seat or voice in this water discussion … but … make no mistake … You will be commanded to abide by the decision’s made behind closed doors…

Colorado River Basin Watches As Arizona Reboots Drought Talks


Water leaders in Arizona are again trying to get to “yes” on a deal that deals with drought. This would help prepare the state for future cuts to its water supply if — and likely when — Lake Mead drops below specific levels. A renewed effort to achieve an agreement comes after a year of anxiety and gridlock over the future of the Colorado River.

And as Arizona tries again, the rest of the Colorado River basin is watching intently. They need Arizona to act in order to finalize the region-wide Drought Contingency Plan. Almost everyone agrees getting a DCP is vital and would give users more flexibility in preparing for drier times.

A brief recap: Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey held a series of meetings last year on water and some criticized the secrecy of the meetings. Secret or not, they ended in a stalemate between the state’s Department of Water Resources and the Central Arizona Project, the agency that brings river water to the Phoenix and Tucson areas.

This spring a pair of impatient, angry letters came in from the Upper Basin, criticizing the state’s lack of progress and a CAP strategy to maximize water discharges from Lake Powell to Lake Mead. Another setback came when the Arizona legislature produced no meaningful new water laws as it completed its session in early May.

Progress on Arizona’s drought plan had frozen.

Time to reboot…………In a joint interview, Tom Buschatzke, the director of Arizona’s Department of Water Resources, and Ted Cooke, the general manager of the Central Arizona Water Conservation District, said they have been talking for the past several weeks.

Federal officials will visit Tempe next week for a briefing on the Colorado River. The event features a keynote speech from U.S. Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman, who in late May urged the Lower Basin to finish DCP.

“On the one hand, I don’t want to say that the only reason that Tom and I are [embarking on] this initiative is because we’ve been pressured to do so by folks,” Cooke said of the renewed effort to finish DCP. “On the other hand, I don’t want to say it’s a complete coincidence of timing.”

Having Burman kick off a public process will serve to remind people, Buschatzke said, that Arizona has been better off when it avoid lawsuits. “When the state’s moved with the federal government into that paradigm, away from ‘let’s have a bunch of big fights and litigation,’ we better controlled our own destiny,” he said.

The rest of the basin looks on…………Fights and litigation would only delay a coordinated response to continued high temperatures and slipping water levels in Lake Mead and Lake Powell.

“The situation in Arizona is a topic of a lot of discussion in the upper basin,” said Jim Lochhead, CEO of Denver Water.

He said Arizona’s internal conflict has led to political problems in Colorado.

“It puts pressure on Denver Water as a municipal utility, taking water out of the Colorado River, and it exacerbates historic animosities and relationships between Western Colorado and Denver Water,” Lochhead said.

Lochhead sent a letter to the Central Arizona Project in April threatening to pull out of a program to conserve water unless the lower basin made real progress on its plan.

Shortage is so imminent, California has even agreed to take reductions — something the current rules don’t require it to do.

“And you have to ask yourself, given the position that you are in, why would you let that opportunity go by?” said Pat Mulroy, a longtime water leader in Nevada who is now at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

Inside Arizona………….But before it can sign a Lower Basin plan, Arizona needs its own internal deal.

One sticky subject is what to do about farmers in central Arizona, who would take a big hit under the current rules.

“How do we find a way to make things less painful for them? Not completely painless, but less painful,” Cooke said.

Another big issue is determining who gets to decide when certain conserved water stays on Lake Mead

It’s a major question that Buschatzke said was still “under discussion.”

“We will work that out,” Cooke said.

To get to “yes,” Buschatzke and Cooke agreed they’ll have to avoid letting side issues divert the talks.

Buschatzke said his task is “to find a collective way to create a package where everyone is better off with the package, even though there might be individual pieces of that package that they might not particularly like 100 percent.”

By rebooting negotiations, Arizona gets another chance at writing something it can live with.

Bret Jaspers reports for KJZZ in Phoenix. This story is part of Elemental: Covering Sustainability, a new multimedia collaboration between public radio and TV stations in the West, and part of a project covering the Colorado River produced by KUNC in northern Colorado.

everything thing that is genetically modified has repercussions

image..Understand … everything thing that is genetically modified has repercussions … positive and negative … demanding full disclosure and transparency … but … such disclosure and transparency costs money and could result in our decision NOT to purchase and consume that product resulting in reduced corporate profit$$$$$ which is not permitted in America…

…Land of the “free” … hello…

The Peril on Your Plate (video) . . .


. . . film explores the human health effects of genetic engineering and chemical agricultureAfter being told by her doctor that genetically engineered (GE) food and pesticides could be responsible for her son’s food allergies, Ekaterina Yakovleva set out to investigate. Her quest for answers was captured by the Russian Times in the featured film, “The Peril on Your Plate: Genetic Engineering and Chemical Agriculture.”The film shows Yakovleva and her team traveling the world to meet “…
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Dying is NOT the cure to Trumpism

image…Dying is NOT the cure to Trumpism…

‘Fascism Is at the Door Step’: Michael Moore Asks Bill Maher If People Are Ready to Die to Protect Democracy from Trump

By Michael Moore, Raw Story

Moore laid out what he sees as the best way to fight Donald Trump—all out war and mass resistance to counter Republicans who will stop at nothing to control the majority of Americans. READ MORE»