ARIZONA NEWS

US Sen. Mark Kelly says other Western states need to pitch in like Arizona as drought persists

Aug 22, 2022, 11:13 AM | Updated: 11:22 am
Water flows down the Colorado River downriver from Hoover Dam in northwest Arizona, Sunday, Aug. 14...

Water flows down the Colorado River downriver from Hoover Dam in northwest Arizona, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, near the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. (AP Photo/John Locher)

(AP Photo/John Locher)

PHOENIX – Arizona has done more than its share to address the megadrought in the West, and now it’s time for other states “to step up,” U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly said Sunday.

“We have to solve this problem and it’s so important that the other states step up and do something about it. It just can’t be on the state of Arizona,” Kelly told CNN’s “State of the Union.”

For the second year in a row, Arizona and Nevada will face cuts in the amount of water they can draw from the Colorado River as the West endures more drought, federal officials announced last Tuesday.

Under the latest reductions, Arizona will lose an additional 80,000 acre-feet of water — 21% less than its total share and 3% less than what it’s receiving this year.

An acre-foot is equivalent to an acre of land covered by 12 inches of water. An average household uses one-half to one acre-foot of water a year.

“Arizona is so important to the country,” Kelly, a Democrat running for reelection in the fall, said. “If you’re eating green lettuce in the winter, it came from Yuma County.

“It’s also about food security for our entire nation. If Yuma County doesn’t have the water it needs to grow produce, then that means those products are going to be more expensive across the entire country.”

Though the cuts will not result in any immediate new restrictions — such as banning lawn watering or car washing — they signal that unpopular decisions about how to reduce consumption are on the horizon, including whether to prioritize growing cities or agricultural areas.

“Right now, we have some of the tools necessary to deal with it. I’m trying to get some answers from the Department of Interior on more, like, what authority do they have to make some decisions themselves on this?

“Because, as I said earlier, the other states are not stepping up to help Arizona deal with this,” Kelly said.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

Katie Hobbs speaks to supporters at a campaign rally on Nov. 6, 2022, in Tucson. (Photo by John Moo...
KTAR.com

Gov.-elect Katie Hobbs, Arizona’s other winners to be inaugurated Jan. 5

Gov.-elect Katie Hobbs will become Arizona's first Democratic governor in 14 years when she is inaugurated in a Jan. 5 ceremony.
13 hours ago
(Arizona Humane Society Photo)...
KTAR.com

5 metro Phoenix animal shelters participating in 10-day reduced fee adoption event

Five metro Phoenix animal shelters are taking part in Bissell Pet Foundation's 10-day reduced fee adoption event.
13 hours ago
Montel Alexander (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Photo)...
KTAR.com

Man accused of killing ex-girlfriend in Phoenix after threatening her family

A suspected Phoenix gang member is accused of killing his ex-girlfriend after threatening her family and kidnapping a friend while trying to find her.
13 hours ago
(Facebook Photo/Senator Mark Kelly)...
KTAR.com

Arizona Sen. Mark Kelly wants answers on how DHS will handle end of Title 42

U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly said he's expecting to hear back from Homeland Security soon addressing continuing issues about the impending termination of Title 42 border-crossing restrictions.
13 hours ago
Activists in this file photo rally outside the Arizona Capitol in June, 2022, after the U.S. Suprem...
Haley Smilow | Cronkite News

Judges grill both sides in hearing about Arizona abortion laws

Arizona Court of Appeals judges quizzed attorneys Wednesday as they tried to figure out how, or if, they can square competing abortion laws.
13 hours ago
(Facebook Photo/Arizona State University Police Department)...
KTAR.com

Suspect in custody after shots fired on ASU campus in Tempe

One person is in custody after shots were fired on the grounds of Arizona State University in Tempe early Thursday, campus police said.
13 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Children’s Cancer Network

Children’s Cancer Network celebrates cancer-fighting superheroes, raises funds during September’s Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Jace Hyduchak was like most other kids in his kindergarten class: He loved to play basketball, dress up like his favorite superheroes and jump as high as his pint-sized body would take him on his backyard trampoline.
...
SCHWARTZ LASER EYE CENTER

Key dates for Arizona sports fans to look forward to this fall

Fall brings new beginnings in different ways for Arizona’s professional sports teams like the Cardinals and Coyotes.
...
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Here are 4 signs the HVAC unit needs to be replaced

Pool renovations and kitchen upgrades may seem enticing, but at the forefront of these investments arguably should be what residents use the most. In a state where summertime is sweltering, access to a functioning HVAC unit can be critical.
US Sen. Mark Kelly says other Western states need to pitch in like Arizona as drought persists