Lower Basin states, Mexico sign Colorado Drought Contingency Plan

Above: The drought in Arizona started around 1995 but not every year has been dry. Since the Southwest is a region of great variability, Ester believes there should be a lot more wet years in the future. (Photo by Daria Kadovik/Cronkite News) Business News | 21 May |

United States Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman Monday joined representatives from Arizona, six other western states and Mexico at the Hoover Dam to sign the Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan (DCP), finalizing the interstate agreement to conserve water in the Colorado River and Lake Mead. The signing represents the completion of the agreement, which is the result of years of collaboration among stakeholders in Arizona and across the country and represents the most significant water legislation in the past forty years.

“Today’s signing is a victory for all Arizonans — and it should be looked to as a model for how to achieve the really big things,” said Gov. Doug Ducey. “This historic effort brought people together from all sides — rural, urban, agriculture, industry, tribal communities, non-profits, cities, Democrats and Republicans. It involved input from multiple states and two countries and passage in both the state legislature and Congress. And we did it by putting party labels aside and putting people first. There’s a lot of credit to go around, and my thanks to everyone who worked to make this day possible. With DCP as an example, Arizona will continue to be a leader in doing the things that matter.”

BACKGROUND

Facing a 19-year drought, Arizona along with six other western states and Mexico were tasked with developing a plan by January 31, 2019, to conserve more water in Lake Mead, from which Arizona gets nearly 40 percent of its water. Since July of 2018, 40 stakeholders representing diverse interests from across Arizona worked to develop our state’s Drought Contingency Plan. The plan balances water reductions in the state to ensure no one user takes the brunt.

In January, Governor Doug Ducey signed legislation ratifying Arizona’s Drought Contingency Plan. Following passage in Congress, President Trump signed the agreement in April of 2019, and with Commissioner Burman’s signature, the finalized plan will now go into effect.

For more information on the Drought Contingency Plan, click HERE.

For DCP “By The Numbers,” click HERE.

To view the Executive Order creating the Governor’s Water Augmentation, Innovation, and Conservation Council, click HERE.

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