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MOHAVE COUNTY – It appears, at least for now, that a water war between northwest Arizona and the most populated areas of Arizona has been averted.

 

A mix of public officials and citizens around Mohave County for months have lobbied hard against the Central Arizona Project (CAP) effort to acquire Mohave Valley farm land to transfer Colorado River water to thirsty Phoenix and Tucson.

The CAP board voted June 8 to back away from the controversial deal that Mohave County promised to fight in court if necessary. Mohave County Supervisor Lois Wakimoto helped lead a consortium of entities and individuals that opposed the water transfer.

“I want to thank everybody in the community, because it truly has been a joint effort on the part of all the cities, all the chambers and all the people that held everybody accountable,” Wakimoto said. “This is American activism and I think it shows the power is still in the hands of the people as long as they care to make their voices heard.”

Wakimoto said northwest Arizona must keep its own water to support future growth. And she said outside interests will continue looking to this part of the state for the valuable resource.

“They’re going to revamp and recoup to see what else they can do to take water, maybe immediately not from us right now, but they are going to be coming back to look for water along the Colorado River,” Wakimoto said.

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