Arizona Sustainability News


AZ residents are fighting the SunZia project. Heres why
Wyatt Myskow covers environmental news in the Western U.S. from Phoenix as the Roy W. Howard investigative fellow, and has been following this story. He joined The Show to talk more about the project and why some Arizona residents continue to try to challenge it.
May 16, 2024
Scottsdale’s rebate program encourages grass, pool and spa removals
Scottsdale is offering money to residents and businesses to remove grass, pools and spas.
May 14, 2024
There are concerns about the future of hydropower in the U.S. Heres why
The ongoing drought across the western United States has led to concerns about the future of hydropower. As reservoirs see water levels drop, officials worry about electricity generation being reduced, as well.
May 8, 2024
Pima County leaders seek federal help for a new urban wildlife refuge on Santa Cruz River
Local leaders and community groups in Pima County are asking for federal help to set up a new wildlife refuge along the Santa Cruz River. It’s a tributary of the Gila River that runs through southern Arizona and across the border into Mexico.
May 6, 2024
Allhands: New proposal could help metro Phoenix cities wean off groundwater
Joanna Allhands is an opinion columnist at The Arizona Republic, and she joined The Show to talk about an option that isn't groundwater for the communities on the outer reaches of metro Phoenix.
May 6, 2024
The groundwater supply in Cochise County is shrinking. Efforts to stop it havent worked well
Brendon Derr, a reporter with the Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting, joined The Show to talk more about the Douglas Groundwater Basin in Cochise County.
May 6, 2024
ASU students travel to Ethiopia to address plastic pollution problem
During a two-week trip to Ethiopia, several Arizona State University students will tackle the issue of plastic pollution affecting the country’s Simien Mountains National Park. A partnership with the Addis Ababa Institute of Technology assists students with building and fabricating machinery in order to recycle.
May 6, 2024
TSMC factory construction is displacing native Arizona plants. This company saves them
Native Resources International works to save native plants displaced by construction of TSMC's new plants in metro Phoenix.
May 5, 2024
APS to shut off power in some rural Arizona areas when weather might cause wildfires
Users who could be impacted will be notified when weather could damage power lines, which could lead to wildfires.
May 2, 2024
Its been a good year for Colorado River snowmelt. But dry soil, high temperatures could erase gains
Water managers from across the West are turning their eyes to those high-alpine climes to get a sense of summertime water supply for cities and farms across the region.
May 1, 2024
Federal energy regulators reject hydro-storage project on Navajo Nation
Federal energy regulators have denied a key permit for a proposed hydro-storage project on the Navajo Nation. The controversial plan was slated for an environmentally and culturally sensitive area near the Little Colorado River.
April 26, 2024
You cant call 811 before digging on the Navajo Nation. That may change after Shiprock oil spill
Back in December, a severe spill of crude oil on the Navajo Nation contaminated the land. Remediation efforts are still underway, but this accident has a silver lining, one that may facilitate faster emergency responses on the largest reservation in the U.S.
April 25, 2024
Report: Phoenix continues to have among worst air quality
In the American Lung Association’s latest State of the Air report, the city ranks fifth in ozone pollution and ninth worst for year-round particle pollution.
April 25, 2024
Tribes ask 9th Circuit to block SunZia project in AZ
SunZia is among the projects that supporters say will bolster President Joe Biden’s agenda for cutting greenhouse gas emissions. The planned 550-mile conduit would carry more than 3,500 megawatts of wind power to 3 million people.
April 25, 2024
One week left to comment on draft of Scottsdales sustainability plan
Scottsdale residents have about a week left to submit comments on the city’s proposed plan for sustainability.
April 23, 2024
$1.75 million will go to Mesa water infrastructure projects
Mesa Mayor John Giles and Arizona Congressman Greg Stanton on Monday announced roughly $1.75 million in federal money for two water infrastructure projects. Stanton said the projects’ focus is on improving Mesa’s ability to make the most of its water supply.
April 23, 2024
Uranium transport through northern Arizona is about to begin. Why some are concerned
Conservation groups have asked the U.S. Forest Service to lay out how it will manage mined uranium as it’s transported across northern Arizona. KJZZ posed those concerns to Energy Fuels, the company that owns the Pinyon Plain Mine just south of the Grand Canyon.
April 23, 2024
SRP, Apple partner on forest-thinning project
SRP has partnered with the Cupertino-based company for assistance with its forest-thinning initiatives, which will decrease forest fire risk and increase groundwater availability in Arizona.
April 22, 2024
Applications open for Flagstaffs expanded Urban Farm Incubator program
The City of Flagstaff has been leasing farmable land in its Urban Farm Incubator program since 2018. Now that program is expanding, with the goal of promoting sustainable farm practices in an urban setting.
April 22, 2024
Rockin’ River Ranch State Park opens in Camp Verde
The 209-acre state park was originally privately owned and operated as a guest ranch with horse riding and boarding facilities. The state acquired Rockin’ River Ranch in 2008, and master planning happened in 2017 and early in 2018.
April 14, 2024