WRAN News: February 2021
Audubon-Supported Legislation Benefits Birds and Water Rights Holders
A new Arizona law signed last week gives surface water users like farmers an incentive to conserve water on their property—by switching to less thirsty crops or upgrading irrigation systems for example—and be confident that any water saved will not be subject to the “use it or lose it” provision, or the loss of water rights based on non-use.
This legislation protects irrigators who submit a water conservation plan to the Arizona Department of Water Resources from losing their water rights for use in the future. Now, a water user who is doing the right thing and conserving can be assured that they are not abandoning or forfeiting the rights to the water they save. This will keep more water in Arizona’s rivers because water users are now incentivized to use only what they need. Read more.
Federal Priorities for a Secure Water Future in the West
Climate change will continue to impact the West, and particularly its water supply—the many impacts include longer and more damaging wildfire seasons as well as prolonged drought. Federal leadership and action are needed to address the climate crisis. With the 117th Congress now in session, Audubon is advocating at the federal level for funding and policy priorities that restore habitat, protect communities, and support birds through proactive water management and conservation. There are several avenues in which Audubon is looking to secure funding—and sensible policies—for birds and the places they need. Read more.
Around the West:
- Western Water Network Grants Announced
- Colorado Water Plan Update Is Underway
- Keeping Beer and Rivers Flowing
- The Case for Wetlands in the Central Valley
- New Study: Wetlands Restoration Can Improve Water Quality in Central Valley
- Advancing Arizona’s Groundwater Management to Protect Our Water Supply
- Arizona Daily Star: Colorado River study means it's time to cut water use now, outside experts say
- Arizona Republic: 'It's just a free-for-all': As water declines in rural Arizona, oversight faces resistance
- Water Education Colorado Video: The Colorado Water Plan, Five Years In
Want to dig deeper into the issues affecting Arizona's Rivers and water? Check out the blog entries below:
- Federal Priorities for a Secure Water Future in the West. February, 2021.
- Audubon-Supported Legislation Benefits Birds and Water Rights Holders in Arizona. February, 2021.
- Keeping Beer and Rivers Flowing: craft brewers speak up to advance Arizona’s water law. February, 2021.
- Advancing Arizona’s Groundwater Management to Protect Our Water Supply. February, 2021.
- Western Water Network Grants: Chapter Highlights. February, 2021.
- Climate Change is Driving Water Scarcity across the West. January, 2021.
- Top Arizona Water Priorities for the Legislature this Year. January, 2021.
- A Colorado River Win for the Navajo Nation as Congress Passes Major Omnibus. December, 2020.
- Western Water Legislation Advances Conservation, Resilience, and Equity. December, 2020.
- Audubon Prepares Advocates for Upcoming Arizona Legislative Season. November, 2020.
- Endangered Birds Were Dying Where They Shouldn't. Now Scientists Know Why. October, 2020.
- Arizona’s Often-dry Streams Now under Threat Due to Clean Water Act Rollback. October, 2020.
- Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo Remains Federally Protected after Delisting Threat Falls Flat. September, 2020.
- Sustaining Healthy Groundwater Levels is Critical to Habitat, Birds, and People. September, 2020.
- Audubon “Wingspan” Weighs in on Colorado River Lake Powell Pipeline. September, 2020.
- Lake Mead and Lower Colorado River to Remain in Tier Zero Shortage for 2021. August, 2020.
- Arizona’s Rivers Could Face Irreparable Harm. August, 2020.
- New Senate Bill Threatens U.S.—Mexico Cooperation, Environment, and Birds of Lower Colorado River. July, 2020.
- Arizona: (UPDATE) International Infrastructure Issues Threaten Arizona’s Santa Cruz River. July, 2020.
- In Driest Year in Half Century, Audubon Releases Water into Rio Grande to Sustain Flows. July, 2020.
- U.S. Senate Introduces New Program to Assess and Monitor Saltwater Lake Ecosystems in the West. July 2020.
- Gila River Diversion Stopped. June, 2020.
- U.S. Senate Votes to Protect Birds, Improve Parks, and Create Jobs. June, 2020.
- Connected by Water: Healthy rivers are key to our physical, emotional, and economic recovery. June, 2020.
- Arizona Department of Water Resources and Audubon Agree to Funding Plan to Conserve Colorado River Water. May, 2020.
- Arizona Legislature Adjourns 2020 Session. May, 2020.
- Arizona Legislature on the Verge of Adjourning. May, 2020.
- Water Policy Wins in Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico before Coronavirus Closures. May, 2020.
- Restoring the Colorado River Delta. May, 2020.
- Native Plants Help Restore the Colorado River. May, 2020.
- Audubon Calls for More Resources and Attention (not Less) for Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo. February, 2020.
- Arizona Legislators, Western Rivers Action Network Discuss Water Security. February, 2020.
- UPDATE: New Federal Rule Reduces Protections for Water in the West, Harming People and Birds. January, 2020.
- Five Audubon Chapters Awarded with Western Water Grants. January, 2020.
- Prioritizing Water Security for Arizona’s Birds and People. January, 2020.
- Building a Positive Water Future: Western Water Highlights in 2019. December, 2019.
- Why Groundwater Matters for Arizona’s People and Birds. November, 2019.
- Climate Change Threatens Arizona’s Forest Birds. October, 2019.
- Arizona Legislature Wraps up with Wins for Birds, Water, and Public Lands. June, 2019.
- In the Field—Western Rivers Bird Count. June, 2019.
- International Infrastructure Issues Threaten Arizona’s Santa Cruz River. May, 2019.
- Audubon’s Jennifer Pitt Honored with Leadership Award for Colorado River Work. May, 2019.
- Arizona Needs to Resolve Long-Running Lawsuit in Order to Protect Rivers. April, 2019.
- A Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan Is in Place—Now What? April, 2019.
- Bipartisan Colorado River Drought Plan Signed into Law Averting Potentially Catastrophic Outcomes for People and Birds. April, 2019.
- Outdoor Recreation Along Arizona’s Waterways is a $13.5 Billion Industry, Ranked Higher than Golf and Mining, New Report Says. April, 2019.
- Bipartisan Colorado River Drought Plan Overwhelmingly Passes in Congress. Audubon Says: “Win for People and Birds in the Arid West.” April, 2019.
- New Federal Rule Would Reduce Protections for Water in the West, Harming People and Birds. March, 2019.
- How Craft Beer Is Helping Save Water In the Colorado River Basin. March, 2019.
- The Drought Contingency Plan and How We Got Here. March, 2019.
- After Major Progress in Arizona Water Policy, Audubon Continues the Cause. February, 2019.
- Audubon Gives Testimony In Support of Funding to Remove Invasive Plants Along Arizona's Rivers. February, 2019.
- Historic Agreement Reached in Arizona to Avert Devastating Water Shortages in the West: Audubon says “critical step in protecting 36 million people and 400 species of birds”. January, 2019.
- Audubon: Pass the Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan. January, 2019.
- What is Going on with Water Planning in Arizona? December, 2018.
- What happened in Vegas? When it comes to water, this doesn’t stay in Vegas. December, 2018.
- Eight Natural Resource Issues for the next U.S. Senator from Arizona. November, 2018.
- 10 Things You Should Know About Arizona’s Groundwater Management Act. October, 2018.
- Balancing the needs of rivers, riparian habitat, and housing while ensuring environmental protections and sustainability for Arizonans. August, 2018.
- Dense forests, encroached meadows, and devastating wildfires: How Audubon and the Arizona Elk Society work together to protect rivers in the West. August, 2018.
- Using less and paying more. A conundrum it seems, until you dig a little deeper. July, 2018.
- Connecting the Dots: From DCP and Lake Mead to Protecting Flowing Rivers and Habitat: Why birders and wildlife advocates should care about Lake Mead. June, 2018
(To see stories from across the Colorado River Basin, visit National Audubon's Western Water News page.)
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