Ariz. Tribe's Suit Says Private Wells Threaten Water Rights

By Juan Carlos Rodriguez (December 6, 2016, 8:19 PM EST) -- The Havasupai Tribe on Monday sued several groundwater well owners for illegally depleting an aquifer that provides water to the tribe.

The Havasupai live in Havasu Canyon and depend on Havasu Creek for their drinking water, their domestic and municipal water supply, irrigation and agriculture, according to their complaint. The water also plays a central role in the traditions, religion and culture of the tribe, they said. But they alleged the creek's waters are threatened by groundwater wells that draw from the aquifer that is the source of the creek as well as seeps and springs on the tribe's reservation....

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