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Arizona taking disproportionate cuts to Colorado River water, says CAP manager

By Steve Goldstein
Published: Thursday, August 18, 2022 - 12:19pm
Updated: Friday, August 19, 2022 - 8:57am
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The Colorado River cutbacks that Arizona has been anticipating as a decades-long drought continues are going to happen in 2023.

The U.S. Interior Department made the announcement this week as negotiations among Arizona and other lower basin states weren’t making much — if any — progress toward some kind of compromise.

With a huge percentage of our state’s population living in a desert, significant choices have been made for decades to try to maintain an adequate water supply. But this may be the greatest challenge the state has ever faced on water.

Ted Cooke is general manager of the Central Arizona Project. The Show spoke with him to get his perspectives on Interior’s actions and what’s next. Cooke clarified what the Interior actually announced.

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