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Our Position: oppose
Bill Number: SCR1015
Sponsor: Allen: Antenori, Biggs, et al
Legislative Session: 2011 Legislative Session

SCR1015 refers to the ballot a proposed constitutional amendment that says the State of Arizona has the “primary responsibility or exclusive right to prevent, reduce or eliminate pollution, to plan the development and use, including restoration, preservation and enhancement of this state's water resources.  Which is it?  This is very confusing and ambiguous language to put into the Arizona Constitution.  The intent is to remove Clean Water Act protections from the vast majority of Arizona waters.   Without it, these waters will have no protections in place because the State of Arizona has no programs to protect them – all of our surface water protections are related to the Clean Water Act.  Water is too precious in Arizona to allow any weakening of protections. 


For a detailed status and to read the bill, click on SCR1015.

Action Needed

Please contact your representatives and ask them to vote no on SCR1015.  You can click on this link Protect Arizona Waters to send an email. You can also call or email them separately.  To find their contact information, please click on Arizona House.



Click on Sandy Bahr ro call 602-253-8633.


Beginning in 1972, the Clean Water Act protected all the nation’s waters, from small, unnamed streams to the Colorado River. In Arizona, it has protected ephemeral and intermittent streams and the headwater streams as well.  According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 94% of Arizona’s streams could lose protection under a measure such as SCR1015, merely because they do not flow year round.  Similarly, 56% of the streams in Arizona could lose protection because they are head water streams and no other streams flow in to them.  Our water supply is already limited here in Arizona, and with an ever growing population, we cannot afford to allow any of it to be polluted and should afford it the strongest protections possible.

There are no equivalent state programs to protect clean water; Arizona relies on Clean Water Act programs to protect the water quality of our rivers, streams and reservoirs. 

Continuing to make progress on cleaning up our waters to make them safe for drinking, fishing, and recreation depends upon the application and enforcement of the Clean Water Act.

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