Arizona Sustainability News


Decades-Old Blaze Marked Start Of Megafire Era
After the massive 1988 fires were extinguished in Yellowstone, plenty of thorny questions remained. What did those fires mean for the park’s near-pristine rivers and lakes? And what is their legacy?
Oct. 19, 2020
Environmental Group Says Fort Huachuca Is Damaging San Pedro River
An environmental group filed a lawsuit against Fort Huachuca, accusing the military base of covering up reports that they are hurting the environment. The Center for Biological Diversity is suing the fort, to release reports about their groundwater pumping. They allege that the Fort is covering up reports that show the pumping is damaging the San Pedro River.
Oct. 9, 2020
Research: Large, Desert-Based Solar Facilities Can Negatively Impact Native Plants
As solar energy becomes a bigger part of utilities’ portfolios, large-scale solar facilities are being built in previously undeveloped areas, often in the middle of the desert. New research from the University of California-Davis says those projects can have a negative effect on native plants, including cacti.
Oct. 7, 2020
Study Shows Promise For Stemming Tide Of Food Waste
The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates America wastes around 20-30% of its available food supply each year. That adds up to more than $800 annually for families with children. A new Arizona State University study seeks to change that.
Oct. 5, 2020
Agencies To Reduce Grand Canyon Bison Population
The Arizona Game and Fish Commission and the National Park Service has entered into an agreement to reduce the number of bison on the Grand Canyon National Park’s North Rim.
Oct. 5, 2020
Sears Fire 60% Contained, Some Firefighters Reassigned
Favorable winds have helped firefighters battling the Sears Fire north of Phoenix. It's now 60% contained, and some firefighters are being reassigned to other fires.
Oct. 4, 2020
NPS Closes Route To Quitobaquito Springs
Officials at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument announced a road closure that will block access to Quitobaquito Springs, citing public safety concerns during ongoing border wall construction. In an email, an NPS spokesperson said they acted at the request of Customs and Border Protection.
Sept. 30, 2020
ASU Receives A Pollution Prevention Grant From The EPA
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $9.3 million in pollution prevention grants to 42 organizations across the nation. One went to ASU's School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment to continue a water efficiency project that began in 2018.
Sept. 28, 2020
Center Petitions For Protection Of Shovel-Nosed Snake
The Center for Biological Diversity has petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect a scorpion-eating snake.
Sept. 25, 2020
Its Like A Scorched Earth: Photographer Documents Border Wall Construction, Impact
John Kurc’s wheelhouse normally is rock stars, concerts or a bride and groom. But, when COVID-19 hit and all of those events stopped, he came to southern Arizona to document the construction of the Trump administration’s wall along our southern border.
Sept. 25, 2020
National CleanUp Day Sets Volunteer Record In Arizona
Saturday was National CleanUp Day, and volunteers were out in force across the state picking up litter along Arizona’s highways. A record 50 groups participated this year.
Sept. 20, 2020
‘Pepenadores’ Hope To Preserve Role As Recycling Efforts Grow
In many parts of Mexico, some make their living by collecting recyclable materials from landfills. In the Sonoran capital Hermosillo, they also play a key role in the city’s very young recycling program, a role they had to fight for.
Sept. 18, 2020
Colorado River Could Be Drying Up Faster Than Expected
The Southwest’s biggest reservoirs will continue to struggle over the next five years, according to new data from the federal agency that oversees them. A Bureau of Reclamation model shows Lakes Powell and Mead are likely to continue declining until 2026.
Sept. 17, 2020
6 Colorado River Basin States Tell Feds To Slow Down Utah Project
Six of the seven Colorado River Basin states — including Arizona — have sent a letter to the U.S. Interior Secretary urging him not to fast-track a project that Utah officials are requesting. The Lake Powell Pipeline would run from the lake on the Arizona-Utah border to St. George, Utah.
Sept. 15, 2020
Wildfire Season More Devastating Than In Previous Years
This year alone, 875,000 acres have burned in the Arizona — that’s more than 2018 and 2019 combined. We could also see more fires in October and November.
Sept. 13, 2020
California Condors Released In Virtual Event This Year
Bird watchers who annually gather in northern Arizona to witness the release of California condors will be doing so virtually this year.
Sept. 13, 2020
AZ National Guard Sending 3 Helicopters To California
Adding to an already record-breaking year, the Arizona National Guard is deploying three Blackhawk helicopters to California to assist in firefighting as the state deals with multiple large wildfires.
Sept. 12, 2020
Dozens Of Bison Relocated From Grand Canyon North Rim
The 57 bison removed from Grand Canyon National Park this week will head to four Native American tribes across the Midwest that are trying to grow their herds.
Sept. 10, 2020
Population Growth Looms Large In Debates Over Proposed Colorado Water Project
Many communities in the West are growing, and in some places that’s putting pressure on already scarce water supplies. That’s the case in northern Colorado, where a proposed set of reservoirs promises to allow small suburbs to keep getting bigger.
Sept. 9, 2020
Payson Sees Groundwater Rise With Addition Of Reservoir
Payson has seen dramatic improvements in its groundwater supply since it began drawing water from the C.C. Cragin Reservoir. The town was able to secure that water through an agreement with the Salt River Project.
Sept. 8, 2020