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Town Hall Forum Held To Discuss Water Challenges In Southwestern Arizona

Wade Noble
(Photo by Amanda Solliday - KAWC)
Wade Noble, an attorney in Yuma, speaks about water law at the town hall meeting held by Southwest Arizona Futures Forum on Sept. 25, 2015.

More than 100 members of the Yuma community will collectively write a report about water use in southwestern Arizona.

At a town hall meeting held Sept. 25, community representatives from water organizations, agriculture, health care, military, businesses and students met to give perspectives about water needs in the Yuma area.

The group brainstormed ideas for future water use, given drought conditions and demands from agriculture and population increases in the region.

The report will describe how a reduction in water supplied by the Colorado River would affect southwestern Arizona. Some of the issues addressed include alternative sources of water to supplement river entitlements, the economic impacts of fallowing farm ground, and water conservation methods.

Southwest Arizona Futures Forum, formerly called Yuma County Town Hall, organized the meeting.

The final document will be sent to November’s statewide town hall session, which will also focus on water.

The report will also be posted online at safuturesforum.org.

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Amanda Solliday is the Arizona Science Desk reporter for KAWC.