Arizona seeks water-saving technology, not Great Lakes water

In the Michigan Land Use Institute weekly e-newsletter, Andy Guy interviews Ariz. Gov. Janet Napolitano's chief of staff operations Alan Stephens, who squashed the single biggest fear driving efforts to protect the world's largest freshwater lake system from massive diversions. His bone-dry state is not thirsty for Great Lakes water but is hot to develop a brand-new, high-tech water-conserving and -purifying industry before Michigan does to export water-saving technology...

Sep 26th, 2006

PHOENIX, Sept. 26, 2006 -- In yesterday's weekly e-newsletter from the Michigan Land Use Institute, Andy Guy interviews Ariz. Gov. Janet Napolitano's chief of staff operations Alan Stephens, who squashed the single biggest fear driving efforts to protect the world's largest freshwater lake system from massive diversions. His bone-dry state is not thirsty for Great Lakes water but is hot to develop a brand-new, high-tech water-conserving and -purifying industry before Michigan does to export water-saving technology.

"Augmenting our limited water supply is important. But you don't do that by taking other people's water. You do it by improving resource management and cleaning and conserving your own supply," Stephens said.

The new contest is not over which region can best poach or defend a water supply; instead, it is over which can spark vigorous new business growth by most quickly developing new technologies that can stretch and improve available water supplies...

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