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Tribes Propose Measure To Lease Shares Of Colorado River

Several Southwestern Tribes have proposed a measure that would allow them to lease their rightful shares of Colorado River water.

The Tribes, including Navajo, Hopi, Mohave and Chemehuevi, hope to use the profits to fund education, healthcare, and other community services. The tribes’ share of the river in Arizona alone includes more than 800 billion liters, with an additional stretch of river in California. They say leasing some of their allotment would not only support local communities, but prevent drought in other parts of Arizona. A public comment period on the measure is ongoing through January 4th.