Reporting from Washington
“The Biden administration has negotiated a hard-fought agreement among California, Arizona and Nevada to take less water from the drought-strained Colorado River, a deal that reduces, for now, the risk of the river running dry below the Hoover Dam, which would jeopardize the water supply for Phoenix, Los Angeles and some of America’s most productive agricultural land.
The agreement, to be announced Monday, calls for the federal government to pay about $1.2 billion to irrigation districts, cities and Native American tribes in the three states if they temporarily use less water. The states have also agreed to make additional cuts beyond that amount to generate the total reductions needed to protect the collapse of the river.”
And why exactly should the rest of us be paying for this profligacy? Are serious and strong measues being put in place now, to cut over consumption and waste of precious water in the West? Are they getting ready for the next 20 years of drought, which is now expected? Is the money only for developing needed water conservation infrastructure?