Arizona Department of Water Resources

July 29, 2014--Water credits: Phase-out delay not yet official (Casa Grande Dispatch)

A requested five-year delay of an Arizona Department of Water Resources plan to phase out agricultural extinguishment credits has a few more steps to go through before it becomes official. The groundwater credits can be sold to developers when land is retired from agriculture.


January 29, 2014--Facing a century of water conservation (Verde Independent)

A water crisis may be a century away, but conservation experts say Arizona has to start planning for the day economic growth spurs need beyond supply. Conserving water is a way of life for desert communities, but recent reports show Arizona will have a shortfall of 3 million acre-feet by 2110.


Arizona Water Dispute

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management, along with landowners and environmental groups, have appealed an Arizona Department of Water Resources decision to approve a Los Angeles real estate company’s request to pump roughly 3,000 acre feet of water a year from state land near the San Pedro River--the last big, free flowing river in the southwest. The real estate company plans to use the water for development, but opponents argue the company would be intercepting water that would have otherwise flowed to replenish the river and the surrounding San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area, which contains nearly 57,000 acres of federal land.


February 16, 2013--A water dispute nears a boil in Arizona (Washington Post)

A development, planned by Los Angeles real-estate company Castle & Cooke Inc., is at the center of a fight over water rights that pits the federal government against Arizona's water authority. It is one of thousands of conflicts across the West, where states generally issue water rights on a first-come, first-served basis.


January 1, 2009--Prescott wins battle in groundwater fight (U.S. Water News)

The Arizona Department of Water Resources has decided that water tapped from the Big Chino aquifer will count toward the Prescott area's 100-year assured water supply.

August 10, 2008--Arizona developers welcome spillover from Las Vegas (NY Times)

Two major developers based in Nevada — Rhodes Homes and the Mardian Group — have won approval to build communities in the Kingman area that, by 2040, could have a combined 80,000 new homes.


February 14, 2008--Roundtable wants to look at proposed agricultural rules (Pueblo Chieftain)

The Arkansas Basin Roundtable wants some answers from state officials about why the Colorado Department of Water Resources is proposing agricultural efficiency rules. The rules could affect surface irrigators up and down the Arkansas Valley who have added physical improvements such as sprinklers, drip irrigation and canal lining since 1999.


November 28, 2007--Arizona official rejects transfer of water to Nevada (Denver Post)

An Arizona official on Wednesday rejected a company's proposal to permit groundwater to be pumped from extreme northwestern Arizona to a growing area of southern Nevada. Department of Water Resources Director Herb Guenther followed the recommendation of an administrative law judge by denying Wind River Resources' application, the department announced.


September 2, 2007--Arizona, feds struggle to resolve Navajo water claims (kvoa.com)

A settlement between the Navajos and New Mexico for water from a major Colorado River tributary has forced Arizona and the federal government back to the table to sort out the tribe's other claims, which include water and money to build delivery systems. The task is tangled in a morass of laws, compacts, political interests and a water supply already stretch


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