Phoenix (January 14) – Below is a statement from Arizona Chamber Foundation Chief Executive Officer Emily Anne Gullickson on Arizona Governor Doug Ducey’s State of the State:

“Water took center stage during Governor Doug Ducey’s State of the State address today. The Arizona Chamber Foundation commends Governor Doug Ducey for underscoring the urgency at which lawmakers must work in order to ratify the Drought Contingency Plan.

“Arizona water stakeholders have been working diligently since June to develop a plan to manage the establishment of Arizona’s water reductions, and the federal government has made it clear that it will step in to dictate the state’s future water reductions should the Drought Contingency Plan not be signed before Jan. 31. Arizona has a proud history of making difficult but necessary decisions about water use in our state.

“Governor Ducey has committed $41 million to support water conservation and infrastructure projects. It is our hope that water users, the Legislature and the Governor will work together and secure our water future.”

Last week, the Foundation released a policy brief titled, The Colorado River: The Seven-State Drought Contingency Plan and Pathway to Adoption, summarizes the agreements within the DCP and outlines the various layers of approval required to activate the plan. Find the full report below.

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