Lack of clarity about where the development would get water was a central concern to the decision.
El Nino hasn't brought much increase in precipitation or streamflow to the Colorado River Basin, but shortage is not expected in 2017.
DCDC Panel: Careful planning has ensured AZ and CO are well supplied with water. Still, residents need to know it's a precious resource.
Professors: Rural Arizona's water supply needs more protection, not less. Senate Bills 1268 and 1400 take protection away.
Water planning is a statewide concern. Arizona should be building on past successes, not undermining them for the sake of immediate gratification.
"(Water management) should be a statewide concern. Groundwater doesn't recognize boundaries." said Barry Aarons of AMWUA.
Water systems are failing. The country has invested far too little in its public works as government has become obsessed with cutting spending.
SB1268 undermines the Act's purpose of conserving Arizona's groundwater for the benefit of all Arizonans
Eliminating this requirement contradicts the state's current efforts to preserve its aquifers
Ferris: eliminating regulation will increase groundwater pumping & competition for dwindling supplies in these counties