The Water Wars of Arizona – The New York Times

Attracted by lax regulations, industrial agriculture has descended on a remote valley, depleting its aquifer — leaving many residents with no water at all.

Source: The Water Wars of Arizona – The New York Times

“In 2014, a Saudi Arabian-owned company, the Almarai Corporation, bought 10,000 acres in the town of Vicksburg, northwest of Sulphur Springs Valley, planting alfalfa to ship halfway around the world to feed Saudi cattle. Then, a United Arab Emirates farming corporation, Al Dahra, bought several thousand-acre farms along both sides of the Arizona-California border. These purchases were perfectly legal, but many residents felt these newcomers were essentially “exporting water.“

With falling aquifers and with the water level in Lake Mead, the major source of water for our cities, within 2 feet of a level 1 water emergency we can’t afford to ignore our climate and water issues any longer.

As your Representative I will work for a comprehensive plan that manages water for the families that live in our communities.