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Arizona's Ducey wants $1B for desalination plant

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Visiting University of Arizona research specialist Patrick Royer (foreground) records the water advance time in a cotton furrow while ARS physical science technician Dick Simer measures the furrow water depth. The state is looking for alternative water sources as drought-related Colorado River water cutbacks loom.
The proposed facility on the shores of the Sea of Cortez in Mexico is modeled after the success Israel has found with new desalination technologies.

On Jan.10, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey delivered his final State of the State to a joint session of the Arizona Legislature. While recapping successes of the administration over the past seven years, Ducey set an ambitious legislative agenda for the 2022 session.

Most ambitious is a historic $1 billion investment in water resources over the next three years. Focused on ensuring Arizona’s water resources are stable for the next 100 years, the investment looks to invest in a desalination facility on the shores of the Sea of Cortez in Mexico, modeled after the success Israel has found with new desalination technologies.

The governor also focused on education, proposing expanded school choice and summer programs to benefit children who have fallen behind during the pandemic. He also laid out a five-point plan to secure the border with Mexico, increased resources for child safety, and expediating infrastructure projects throughout the state.

You can watch the full speech here.

[Robert Medler is manager of Arizona government affairs for Western Growers.]

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