Here is my perspective on The Drought Contingency Plan.

The Drought Contingency Plan (DCP) attempts to mitigate the reduction in lower basin water use by implementing certain conservation measures. Essentially finding a negotiated way to stabilize the Colorado River watershed. Lower basin states including Arizona use Colorado River water stored in Lake Mead. Lake Mead is at a critical level which which if not addressed could cause a "death spiral". This shortfall could occur in 2019 or 2020.

Colorado Snowfall Map

Dry winters (reduced snowpack) resulting in lower runoff, coupled with population growth and farming have increased the demand for water. Implementing a plan that only "pushes out" impacts fails to address core issues. Further it offers no real solution. Without addressing supply, the economic engines in Arizona will slow. Any DCP must include supply enhancement, increasing distribution efficiency and conservation.

Legal issues with California under the Law of the River complicate Arizona's allocation of water. The DCP must address this problem. California should improve the sequester of atmospheric precipitation during wet years. The board and agencies within Arizona should not acquiesce in securing water.

Prioritizing users must be done carefully. There is a burden which may not be fairly shared.

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