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Yuma Water Lawyer: Be Careful With Water Use

Water leaders from Yuma met last week with their counterparts from throughout Arizona and six other states along the Colorado River for an annual water conference in Las Vegas.

On Thursday, the nation’s top water official announced a deadline of Jan. 31 to finalize all Drought Contingency Plans, or DCPs, for the Colorado River Basin. Arizona and California have yet to finalize their states’ DCPs.

Wade Noble, legal counsel for the Wellton-Mohawk Irrigation and Drainage District, attended the Colorado River Water Users Association conference. Noble told KAWC that Yuma water users have a high priority level but should still be cautious.

“We have to be careful that our water use is consistent with our higher priority and that those who would acquire our higher priority rights and move them off the river are prevented from doing that,” Noble said.

A final deal will require federal legislation and approval by Arizona’s legislature before the Lower Basin DCP can be implemented.

Victor is originally from West Sacramento, California and has lived in Arizona for more than five years. He began his print journalism career in 2004 following his graduation from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Victor has been a reporter for the following daily newspapers: The Monterey County Herald, The Salinas Californian and the Reno Gazette-Journal, where he covered stories including agriculture, education and Latino community news. Victor has also served as a local editor for Patch, a national news organization with hyperlocal websites, in Carmichael, California in the Sacramento area. He also served as the editor for The New Vision, the newspaper for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson, which includes Yuma and La Paz counties. Victor lives in Somerton. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and following most sports.
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