Western Arizona officials move to obtain more water rights
LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. (AP) — Western Arizona officials are planning to buy additional water rights in Mohave Valley to bolster its claims in a dispute with the entity that sends Colorado River water throughout the state.
Today’s News-Herald reports the Mohave County Board of Supervisors has voted to seek additional allocations on 15 acres (6 hectares) of farmland it recently purchased for $250,000.
The board is opposing the Central Arizona Project’s plan to buy farmland in the Mohave Valley Irrigation and Drainage District, pay farmers to fallow it and redirect the water to the state’s most populous areas.
The plan relies on the district to allow the water to leave its boundaries.
Mohave County officials are looking to demonstrate a need for the additional water so the district won’t agree to the deal.
Information from: Today’s News-Herald, http://www.havasunews.com