- Associated Press - Sunday, February 28, 2016

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - The federal government is proposing to divert some of the Lower Santa Cruz River’s effluent supply onto neighboring farmland to reduce groundwater pumping for the river’s willow trees.

The Arizona Daily Star reports (https://goo.gl/aWyHV1) the diversion would remove only about 15 percent of the effluent that runs down the Santa Cruz. But a lot more could be diverted later if the project works as planned.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation also must keep Colorado River water flowing to the Tohono O’odham Nation through the Central Arizona Project.

The U.S.’s legal obligations to the Tohono O’odham stem from decades-old water rights settlement laws

The federal fund to pay for that has run nearly dry because of the recession, higher costs, bureaucratic inattention and lack of congressional appropriations.

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Information from: Arizona Daily Star, https://www.tucson.com


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