Three long years. That’s how long residents in our three counties – Mohave, Coconino and Yavapai – have been urging the state Legislature to pass bills finally giving rural Arizonans the authority to control our water futures. And yet, folks in Phoenix have sat on their hands, letting whoever can drill the deepest well win while watching homeowners’ wells go dry and our rivers decline. We are fed up waiting for the Legislature to act against unfettered groundwater pumping in rural Arizona.
-Written by Travis Lingenfelter, Patrice Horstman and Donna Michaels, who respectively serve on the county board of supervisors in Mohave, Coconino and Yavapai counties.