|PHOENIX - Yesterday the federal government for the first time declared a water shortage on the Colorado River, setting in motion mandatory water consumption cuts for states in the Southwest. As a result, Arizona will see an 18% reduction in the state’s total Colorado River supply, which will primarily affect agriculture.
Representative Aaron Lieberman made the following statement:
"The Colorado River provides water for roughly 40 million people. Sadly, people who will bear the brunt of this cut will be our farmers and folks in our crucial agriculture industry. This water shortage goes to show how climate change-driven drought is putting the river, Lake Mead, and vital water reservoirs in the Southwest in great peril.
"But you can’t solve a problem unless you first acknowledge you have it. For too long, Republican leaders in this state have refused to even acknowledge climate change is real, much less begin to bring people together to come up with solutions.
“What is required now is new thinking and innovative policies that will secure Arizona's economic and environmental future for generations to come. As Governor, I will make water policy a key component of my administration by advocating for common-sense laws and investing in water resources for our state. I have worked on bills that will help Arizonans conserve water, create more water-efficient plumbing fixtures, and utilize our 300-plus days of sun to help power our homes and even our school buses. It is time to address this challenge head-on and that's what I intend to do."Rep. Lieberman recently supported the legislature's passage of a $200 million proposal to fund areas in Arizona without a proper water supply. Aaron is a state representative for Legislative District 28, a social entrepreneur, and a candidate for Arizona Governor. After seeing first-hand the effectiveness and success of early childhood intervention programs, Aaron launched Jumpstart, a national nonprofit to ensure all children had the opportunity to enter kindergarten prepared to succeed. To date, more than 50,000 college students have served, working with more than 100,000 children and earning over $200 million in scholarships through AmeriCorps. Later, he founded Acelero Learning to close the achievement gap for Head Start children. Impacting over 40,000 kids every day, children enrolled in Acelero’s programs make gains at nearly three times the national average. Aaron was born and raised in Arizona. He and his wife live in Phoenix, where they’re raising their two sons. Aaron’s daughter is studying history at Yale, his alma mater.