Sustainability News

Officials who worked on Arizona’s drought plan are asking powerful stakeholders to push the state Legislature to pass it.
Jan. 18, 2019
Jan. 31 is the looming deadline for the Arizona legislature to approve the Drought Contingency Plan, known as the DCP. As a reminder, Arizona has been in a critical drought for almost 20 years.
Jan. 18, 2019
An organization that represents major Arizona cities is warning Pinal County farmers not to demand more water from the proposed drought contingency plan. Warren Tenney, the executive director of the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association, says he believes enough is enough.
Jan. 18, 2019
Arizona House Democrats are hesitant to ratify a proposed drought contingency plan. Some members are worried there’s nothing in the proposal to require more water conservation.
Jan. 18, 2019
Hangover From 2018 Drought Likely To Deplete Spring Runoff
Following one of the hottest and driest years on record, the Colorado River and its tributaries throughout the western U.S. are likely headed for another year of low water.
Jan. 17, 2019
One of the major issues addressed by Gov. Doug Ducey during his State of the State address was a drought contingency plan. With a Jan. 31 deadline looming, Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers says he won’t be pressured into approving a plan he has yet to see.
Jan. 16, 2019
House Speaker Rusty Bowers warned Tuesday he won't be pressured by Gov. Doug Ducey into approving a drought contingency plan by a Jan. 31 deadline that he and other lawmakers have yet to see.
Jan. 16, 2019
On the first day of the legislative session, water led Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s State of the State address. There are lots of reasons to get a drought deal done. But despite significant progress, there are obstacles.
Shutdown, More Water Requests Could Disrupt Arizona Drought Plan
Jan. 15, 2019
There is a massive deadline looming for states that draw water from the Colorado River Basin — Arizona included. But now, there is another twist in it — this time out of California.
Jan. 14, 2019
During the partial government shutdown, we’ve seen photos of trash piling up inside national parks, and heard stories of damage done to those parks, and the amenities and ecosystems within them. The Show's guest says it’s a mistake to keep the parks open during a shutdown.
Jan. 11, 2019
The Navajo Nation is considering taking over the Kayenta Mine as well as the coal plant it feeds — the Navajo Generating Station, which is slated to close this year.
Jan. 10, 2019
A judge has upheld a company's right to mine for copper, ruling that the town of Florence is bound by its approval of a 2003 development agreement with the property's former owner.
Jan. 10, 2019
Arizona utility regulators have adopted a new policy on electric vehicles. Among other provisions, it encourages regulated utilities to play a role in education and outreach programs related to electric vehicles and infrastructure and to set up charging stations in low-income and rural areas, as well as on interstate highways.
Jan. 9, 2019
The partial federal government shutdown is having its effect on Arizona’s painstaking work on an internal drought plan, although not enough to change a federal deadline set for the end of this month.
Jan. 9, 2019
One of the items Gov. Ducey addressed during his inaugural speech Monday was water and how Arizonans need to come together to help ensure the state’s future.
Jan. 8, 2019
For years, Arizona Rep. Raul Grijalva has served on the House Natural Resources Committee, with the past six years spent under GOP control. But now Grijalva is taking over as chair, and he has big plans, bolstered by new Democratic control over the House.
Jan. 7, 2019
Produce growers in neighboring Sonora, Mexico, are asking authorities to declare a state of emergency as snowfall and extreme cold weather damage thousands of crops throughout the state.
Jan. 4, 2019
Public-health and environmental-advocacy groups say the federal government is failing to enforce air quality standards in parts of Arizona and Utah.
Jan. 3, 2019
The federal government shutdown is in its 13th day, and thousands of workers remain out of work or on furlough. The National Parks system is also deeply affected, with a large percentage of them currently closed.
Jan. 3, 2019
An international team has found that meltwater from beneath the Greenland ice sheet is brimming with methane. The findings suggest glacial melt could provide substantial amounts of the greenhouse gas globally.
Jan. 2, 2019