Briefly: Arizona official says state may not sign off on proposal to hold more water in Lake Powell

12 News reports that Arizona’s Tom Buschatze, director of water resources, said the state may or may not agree to the U.S. Department of the Interior’s emergency request to cut water releases from Lake Powell this summer to bolster the ailing reservoir and protect its ability to generate electricity.

The lake’s falling levels eventually could mean that at least two Arizona communities, Page and the Navajo community of LeChee, could see their drinking water supplies reduced. The state has until April 22 to respond to the federal government’s request.

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