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President Trump signs drought Contingency plan

President Donald Trump signed historic legislation on April 16 to save the lifeblood of the Southwest, the Colorado River.

Seven states, Mexico, dozens of competing water interests, Arizona’s state legislature, and Congress all beat the odds to do their part to get the agreement to the president’s desk in the nick of time. The river is vanishing under a record breaking 19-year drought. Arizona leaders played a critical role.

In a tweet announcing the signing, Trump gave a shout out to Arizona’s U.S. Sen. Martha McSally, who led the effort to get the measure through the U.S. Senate. Arizona’s Rep. Raúl Grijalva led the effort in the U.S. House.

“Just signed a critical bill to formalize drought contingency plans for the Colorado River. Thanks to @SenMcSallyAZ for getting it done. Big deal for Arizona!,” Trump tweeted.

The monumental pact will protect Colorado River water supplies that quench the Southwest including three expanding mega-regions in Arizona and California.

It was the final touch to a years-long struggle to get a plan in place.

Gov. Doug Ducey Tuesday thanked Grijalva and McSally and everyone else involved.

“The Drought Contingency Plan is a monumental, bipartisan achievement,” Ducey said in a prepared statement. “Drought is by far one of the most pressing issues Arizona faces and now we’re one step closer to protecting our water supplies and securing Arizona’s water future. We’ve been able to move this plan forward by putting party labels aside and putting Arizona first. I’m grateful to Arizona’s congressional delegation for promptly introducing and passing legislation to implement the DCP.”


— Chamber Business News

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