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Portions of the Colorado, Salt, Santa Cruz, Gila, San Pedro Rivers are dry now, and conditions are getting worse.

The visible evidence of dry rivers in Arizona makes the problem clear: there is little legal support for managing groundwater pumping or diversion to protect stream flow. There is not substantial protection for assuring sufficient water to sustain Arizona’s growing population over the long term. Indeed, Arizona law generally fails to support conjunctive management of our intimately connected and interdependent groundwater and surface water.

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