Amid drought, one tribe seeks to offer water for lease, another moves to conserve more

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Amid drought, one tribe seeks to offer water for lease, another moves to conserve more

From Arizona Republic | Environment by Debra Utacia Krol

As Arizona tribal leaders prepare to take a greater role in a regional forum on Colorado River issues, a new bill to allow at least one tribe to lease water is making its way through Congress, while another tribe tries to forestall further cuts to water delivery.

The tribes are increasingly concerned that a persistent drought, worsened by a 20-year-long period of hotter and drier conditions in the Southwest, has already led to the federal government's first-ever shortage declaration for Arizona water users. One tribe is worried that it may be asked to reduce its own water deliveri

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