Arizona drought prompts unusual water proposal

Outlet: The Arizona Republic

December 26, 2010

Arizona may leave part of its annual share of Colorado River water in Lake Mead next year, taking a calculated gamble that giving up some water now will help it avoid deeper losses later. Under a plan now being considered, water officials would pass up billions of gallons that they could take from the river in 2011, hoping to keep the drought-stricken reservoir full enough to avoid triggering automatic cutbacks. Any cutbacks could deny Arizona and Nevada even more water in 2012…

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