Decades-Long Dispute Over #Arizona Tribe’s Water Rights May Soon Be Resolved #ColoradoRiver #COriver

Panorama of the Hualapai Mountains taken from Kingman in December 2009. Photo credit Wikimedia.

From Arizona Public Media (Vanessa Barchfield):

In 2016, Arizona and the Hualapai Tribe reached an agreement that would allocate 4,000 acre-feet of water per year from the Colorado River to the Hualapai, settling a decade’s long dispute over the tribe’s water rights.

Senators Jeff Flake and John McCain have introduced legislation to ratify that agreement and provide about $170 million in federal funds to construct a 70-mile-long pipeline from the river up to the Hualapai’s capital and to Grand Canyon West.

Harvard University’s Joseph Kalt, co-director of the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development, studied the economic impact of the water agreement and spoke at a recent congressional hearing.

“My research finds that the project would pay off the federal appropriation of approximately $173 million in less than three years, then have 47 years of benefits if you have a 50-year life to a pipeline,” he said.

The Senate has not yet voted on the measure.

Grand Canyon vicinity map via Arizona State University.

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