Capitol Times: Water agency’s funding greenlighted

Monday, January 18, 2016

Arizona Capitol Times reported that after months of public prodding from water advocates, Gov. Doug Ducey announced he would allow the Arizona Department of Water Resources to hire staffers.

Sarah Porter, director of the Kyl Center (for Water Policy at Morrison Institute), said Ducey “has done a lot recently to demonstrate that he has a commitment to rebuild the Department of Water Resources and look seriously at water in Arizona.”

The greenlight for hiring staffers is a first step in the process of rebuilding the agency and making sure it can achieve its goals, Porter said.

“I think the fact that water has risen to that level of attention that it would be something to put forth in the State of the State … I think that’s a good sign,” she said.

In his State of the State speech, the governor also recognized planning efforts by Arizona to maintain its water supply and called the 1980 Groundwater Management Act “revolutionary.”

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