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A new federal program hopes to fill in knowledge gaps on how water moves through the headwaters of arguably the West’s most important drinking and irrigation water source.

Kim Johnson

Over 200 people filled Yuma City hall Thursday, Nov. 21, for an AZ Department of Water Resources public hearing on a proposed sale of water rights from La Paz County to Queen Creek, Arizona.

GSC Farm LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, wants to sell its annual entitlement of nearly 2,100-acre feet of Colorado River water.  They purchased 485 acres of farmland near Cibola in La Paz County. 

Navajo Water Project

A report released this week by the group Dig Deep and the U.S. Water Alliance says two million Americans are without basic, reliable water systems in their homes.  Even more live without basic sanitation. 

The issue is especially acute for minority populations and the poor.

Here in Arizona, the Navajo Nation is particularly impacted by lack of access to water, some people travelling miles to get water just to maintain their households.


Arizona Edition Live

Show Number 37

On this episode of Arizona Edition Live, KAWC’s Lou Gum speaks with Bobbi McDermott, former District Conservationist for the United States Department of Agriculture. McDermott touched on the region's largest industry and how water efficiency has evolved in local fields.

High snowpack in the southern Rocky Mountains this winter will likely stave off a shortage declaration in the Colorado River watershed in 2020, relieving pressure on water managers attempting to navigate future scarcity.

New data from U.S. Bureau of Reclamation models show a lessened risk of a key Colorado River reservoir dropping far enough to trigger a first-ever shortage declaration. Snowpack in the Upper Colorado River Basin is at 138 percent of the long-term median, a level not seen in mid-March since 1997.