COCHISE COUNTY — Late on June 24, the state Legislature approved the appropriation of $1 billion over the next three years for the expanded Arizona Water and Infrastructure Finance Authority to search for ways to alleviate the state’s water woes due to the drought and climate change.

It comes at a time when Commissioner Camille Touton, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, will look to Arizona to cut water use by 2 million to 4 million acre feet of water in 2023 as the condition of the Colorado River continues to decline. It will put the hurt on all users in the Central Arizona Project, a 336-mile system of open canals carrying water to agriculture and municipalities.