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With Water Leasing Vote, Colorado River Indian Tribes Will Seek Consequential Legal Change

Brett Walton January 30, 2019 Being allowed to move water off the reservation will greatly expand the market for water in Arizona.

 

The leasing vote comes amid negotiations within Arizona on a drought plan to reduce Colorado River water use and preserve a shrinking Lake Mead

The Colorado River Indian Tribes is “an enormously powerful player” in those negotiations

Tribes, in general, are powerful players in the Colorado River basin, holding approximately 20 percent of the water rights, some 2.9 million acre-feet
Having gained an endorsement from its members, a tribe with one of the largest and most secure claims to water in the Colorado River basin will seek approval from Congress to lease water for use off of its riverside reservation.

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