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Statement by Senators McCain and Kyl on Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study


Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Jon Kyl (R-AZ) today released the following statement on the study by the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Reclamation regarding water supply and demand in the Colorado River Basin, released today:

"We applaud the Department of the Interior for sounding the alarm about the serious challenges that lie ahead for the states in the Colorado River Basin. While this study is a helpful wake-up call about forecasted water imbalances, we believe the Department of the Interior now needs to focus on analyzing practical and cost-effective solutions.

"Future studies should further examine whether there are federal regulatory hurdles impairing water and energy users from managing their water supplies in the most efficient and economically-sensible ways. An emphasis should also be made to understand how future agriculture and energy production can keep pace as water supplies tighten.

"Likewise, we encourage the Department of the Interior to only pursue practical solutions that respect the careful compromises and agreements that form the foundation of Arizona's robust water-management system.

"Proceeding with such a measured approach to these issues is vital to the economies of Arizona and all Sun Belt states."

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