12/6/2012 2:08:00 PM Letter: Saving the Verde River begins in the state Legislature
1. The Arizona Water Resources Development Commission recommended counties adopt an "adequacy rule" enabling county supervisors to require developers to ascertain a hundred year water supply. Politics in the state legislature made that almost impossible by requiring a unanimous vote by county supervisors. Only two counties in the state have approved the adequacy rule.
2. Without the adequacy rule, state attorneys recommend county officials do NOT ask developer's questions about future water supply because such requirements would not have legal standing.
3. Causing further confusion, surface water and ground water are treated separately by state law as though they are not interconnected.
It has long been verified by scientific studies that surface and ground water are interconnected. A depletion of one inevitably depletes the other.
Obviously, Arizona is paralyzed in its approach to water management by outdated and politically charged law. Please ask our state legislators to comply with the State Water Resources Development Commission recommendations and change the existing law to allow the Adequacy Rule be adopted by counties with a simply majority.
Water management must not be a political football where there are winners and losers. If we don't have the basic state laws to manage our water resources, the truth is, we will all be losers.