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Arizona's water supply a major issue for legislative session

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Posted at 2:35 PM, Jan 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-09 16:35:58-05

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.