AZ We See It: Meeting water supply challenges

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

A column in The Arizona Republic featured former U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl, and Sarah Porter, director of the Kyl Center for Water Policy at ASU’s Morrison Institute, who say that “while Arizona is not now in a water crisis, we do face some challenges that must be addressed before they become crises.

Gov. Doug Ducey has just announced his two-pronged plan for implementing the Strategic Vision for Water Supply Sustainability, developed by the Arizona Department of Water Resources. This is in keeping with the actions of previous Arizona leaders who understood that in our arid environment planning ahead and executing consensus-developed strategies have been the key to ensuring we have always been able to meet our water demands.

We will have to ‘share in the shortage’ of water in Lake Mead, the reservoir that supplies Colorado River water to Arizona, California and Nevada. The Southwest’s 15-year drought is imposing increasing demands on our underground aquifers.”

READ: My Turn: A 2-step plan to meet Arizona's water demands