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Water permit for So. Arizona project upheld

SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. — A judge has concluded that state regulators followed
the law in giving a water-supply clearance to a massive housing development
planned for Sierra Vista.

The ruling by state Administrative Law Judge Thomas Shedden denies appeals by
the federal Bureau of Land Management and conservationists.

Shedden’s ruling Thursday said the two groups failed to prove that the Department of
Water Resources should have considered the project’s possible impact on the
nearby San Pedro River.

The department awarded a certificate of a 100-year water supply to Pueblo Del
Sol Water Co.

The company plans to build thousands of homes in its Tribute development and
said it can use ground water for the supply it needs under state law.


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