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Kathleen Ferris

Wanted: A Few Good Leaders
Kathleen Ferris
January 12, 2016

“Lead” is a verb. It means to guide, to show the way. Protecting Arizona’s water future will require our elected officials to lead us forward the way past generations took charge when it mattered before.

There is no better example of the kind of leadership needed than was exhibited in the passage of the 1980 Groundwater Management Act.


Kathleen Ferris

Five Actions To Secure Arizona’s Water Future
Kathleen Ferris
January 3, 2016

2015 was a big year for headlines and stories about water and, given the nearly 16-year drought, we can expect no less in 2016. That’s a good thing because it keeps the momentum going for necessary change.

But words alone will not ensure a sustainable water supply for Arizona’s future. Here are five actions that leaders need to take in 2016 to help keep the state prosperous.


Sarah Porter

2 legislative priorities for Arizona water
Sarah Porter
January 3, 2016

Somehow the Arizona Legislature must figure out a way to make it snow — heavily — over the western slopes of the Rocky Mountains.


Sharon Megdal

Israel's water lesson for Arizona
Sharon B. Megdal
November 2, 2015

Desalination isn't so cost-prohibitive anymore, and that's important for our future water supply.

I just returned from an exciting visit to Israel, my 10th since 2010. Each time I visit the region I learn new things about their efforts to manage water resources.


David Berman

Gov. George W.P. Hunt's 156th birthday
David Berman
October 28, 2015

Nov. 1 marks the birthday of one of Arizona’s most colorful politicians: George W.P. Hunt.

In 1911, Arizona voters chose Hunt, a Democrat, as the state's first governor. He went on to win election to that office six more times – in 1914, 1916, 1922, 1924, 1926 and 1930.  


Grady Gammage Jr.

3 ideas to boost Doug Ducey's school plan
Grady Gammage Jr.
October 26, 2015

A higher but steady distribution from the state land trust fund would better serve students. Here's why.

Arizonans have heard quite a bit about state trust land in the last few years, though it is still widely misunderstood.


Thom Reilly

How to solve Arizona's pension crisis
Thom Reilly
January 12, 2016

Arizona voters might experience déjà vu any time public-pension reform is brought up. Most have lost track of the number of times they’ve been asked to vote on a reform package to “fix” public pensions at the state or local level.


Dan Hunting

Opportunity now key for AZ legislative districts
Dan Hunting
August 15, 2015

With the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision permitting continuation of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, it is already time to start thinking about the 2020 redistricting process.


Sarah Porter

Getting a handle on Arizona’s water future
Sarah Porter
August 5, 2015

Thanks to media coverage of the California drought and a possible shortage declaration on the Colorado River, the future of Arizona’s water supplies is receiving increasing attention. There is a consensus among experts that Arizona faces a demand-supply gap; that is, in the next twenty-to-one hundred years, demand for water will exceed current available supplies.

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