In Brief: Arizona to hold hearings on tribal water lease proposal

According to reporting from Fronteras, the Arizona Department of Water Resources is planning public meetings on Dec. 7 and 10 regarding a proposal to lease tribal water for non-tribal use. The Colorado River Indian Tribes on the western edge of Arizona have the largest share of first-priority Colorado River water rights in the state. The tribal council voted in 2019 to move forward with leasing the water; however, federal statutes currently prohibit the lease from occurring. The tribes have proposed a bill, but don’t currently have a sponsor in Congress.

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