As long-time development professionals in Southern Arizona, we are always aware of the delicate balance necessary between growth and environmental protection.
We all love Arizona’s unique ecosystem and strive to be responsible stewards. Because we are committed to sustainable and environmentally friendly development practices, we are supporting Kirsten Engel for Congress from Arizona’s 6th Congressional District.
Without a reliable water supply, all growth in Tucson will be crippled. Engel has long been a champion of sound water policies that make sense for southern Arizona. Now more than ever, we need his environmental expertise in Congress.
The federal government has extensive powers over the management of the Colorado River, particularly the lower basin states, which include Arizona. Under the current emergency plan, Arizona will bear the brunt of any further reductions in Colorado’s water supply.
We are facing a water crisis. A newly elected congressman doesn’t have time to get up to speed. If Lake Mead and Lake Powell fall much lower, they will be unable to generate hydroelectric power for millions of people in the West.
Engel has been a leader in the fight to save western water. As a legislator, she was a constant advocate for the protection of Arizona’s precious natural resources. She led the state’s Democratic caucus on water issues and also served on the steering committee for the Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan.
Southern Arizona has been at the forefront of water conservation and smart water management for decades, and this hands-on approach is essential nationally as our precious water resources become even rarer.
Federal action is urgently needed to develop a new water allocation plan among lower basin states that depend on the Colorado River, which places less of a burden on Arizona – which has proven to be a user. more responsible water supply – and more to California.
Without immediate action, Arizona will be forced to sacrifice even more, while California and other states will continue to use water despite the crisis. This unjust distribution plan is about to inflict dire consequences on our cities, tribal governments and farmers, and jeopardize the future of southern Arizona.
The most efficient and least disruptive steps – increasing storage capacity, developing and implementing less water-intensive agricultural practices, adopting water reuse and recycling programs, retrofitting homes and businesses with water-saving appliances – are all reasonable and affordable solutions. But even this common sense approach will take some time to implement.
Compare this practical approach with Governor Ducey’s plan, backed by his former staffer and GOP candidate Juan Ciscomani, to spend $1 billion on a project to build a desalination plant in Mexico and a pipeline to bring water into the state.
This impractical proposition would take decades to implement, if it is even feasible. We don’t have the luxury of finding out. We can spend that money much more efficiently by reducing water use and water waste today.
Arizona faces even more water cuts in the immediate future. Under the 2019 Lower Basin Drought Contingency Plan, in 2023 Arizona must cut its total allocation by one-fifth. Engel recognizes that investing in environmentally sustainable physical infrastructure will help us grow our economy while preserving our natural resources.
Kirsten Engel has spent her entire professional career giving back to her community and protecting resources for generations to come. She is running for Congress to protect our natural resources and we support her in this effort.
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