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ASU water policy expert addresses new concerns about state’s precious resource

Sep 11, 2020

A pandemic, civil unrest and record heat. Could there be anything worse?

A lack of water, perhaps.

Arizona recently received a drought one-two punch: The state will receive another reduction of Colorado River water and the Farmer’s Almanac has predicted a dry winter in the Southwest.

Last year the state received its first-ever cutback of Colorado River water under the Lower Basin Drought Contingency Plan. The cuts are a plan to keep Lake Mead, a reservoir at the Arizona-Nevada boundary, functional. Water levels for both Lake Mead and Lake Powell have precipitously dropped as a result of historic overallocation and a drought that started in 2000.

So what does that mean for Arizonans going forward? And how should developers, who push and provide economic growth, accept the news?

ASU Now checked in with Sarah Porter of the Kyl Center for Water Policy at the Morrison Institute on how these new developments will impact the Copper State and its residents.

Read more in ASU News.