In delivering his second Inaugural Address, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey told the audience at the State Capitol that the time has come to “press forward on some of the biggest challenges facing us.”
“Because none of us came here to do little things — we came here to do the things that matter, big things — and we can do them together.”
Among those big things the Governor identified was securing the State’s water future. Specifically, Governor Ducey called on lawmakers and stakeholders to take action on protecting the State’s Colorado River water supplies.
“We cannot kick the can any further,” he said.
Governor Ducey’s comments on Arizona water security, in full:
Our duty is to leave this state in far better shape than we found it — and we are well on our way.
These are the tasks before us. And if there’s any question of how Arizonans expect us to solve these problems, I’d say, look around. Taking the oath with me today are Republicans and Democrats – all hired by the same electorate.
When conversations stall, as they sometimes do during difficult discussions, we let history be our guide and the hand that lifts us back up.
Nearly four decades ago, in 1980, Arizona’s accelerated water consumption forced a sobering ultimatum from the federal government: reform or suffer severe water cutbacks.
The can could not be kicked any further.
But Arizona’s history is not one of missed opportunities or efforts that came up short. Rather we find, that in the darkest times, Arizona’s pioneering spirit shines the brightest.
Democrats and Republicans rose above party labels. They brought skeptical and reluctant stakeholders to the table. And they acted – and they did it with good faith and honest intentions.
For the people in this crowd and many across our state, I don’t have to spell out the parallel circumstances in which we find ourselves today.
It’s simple. Arizona and our neighboring states draw more water from the Colorado River than mother nature puts back. And with a critical shortfall imminent, we cannot kick the can any further.
It’s going to mean rising above self-interest, and doing the right thing. It means taking the action our past and future generations demand.