Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Feds and White Mountain Apache Tribe Sign Water-Rights Agreement

The federal government and the White Mountain Apache Tribe signed a water agreement yesterday (Tuesday).

Cronkite News Service says the deal ends decades of legal fighting over rights to water from the Little Colorado and Gila Rivers by allocating about 23,000 acre-feet of water from the Central Arizona Project to the tribe each year.

The deal also includes $200 million for construction of a new water system for the tribe and an additional $78 million for fish production, lakes, irrigation and other water projects.

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says the deal ensures that both the White Mountain Apache Tribe and Phoenix residents have a water supply for the “next 100 years.”

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