PHOENIX (AP) - Republican and Democratic Leaders of the Arizona House are again eyeing the state's water supply as a major issue in the coming legislative session.
GOP House Speaker Rusty Bowers and Democratic Minority Leader Charlene Fernandez have both highlighted overpumping in the state's rural areas as a major issue for lawmakers when return to work on Monday.
Water remains at the forefront even though the Legislature adopted a drought contingency plan last year.
It trimmed Colorado River supplies by about 7% of the state's annual allotment to maintain levels in river reservoirs. Seven western U.S. states that rely on the river agreed to the plan last March.