Arizona Sustainability News


China’s Policy Shift Forces Flagstaff To Scrap Recycling Efforts
Americans recycle about 66 million tons of material each year, according to the EPA. About one-third of that gets exported to process, and has mostly gone to China. But all that is changing, as China is taking drastic measures to clean up its own environment.
New Export Rules On Trash To Affect Phoenix Metro Areas
June 6, 2018
Highway 377 Fire Led to Evacuations, Power Outages
The Highway 377 fire burning near Heber-Overgaard has swelled to 1,500 acres and has led to power outages in the area.
June 5, 2018
Concerns Arise About Fracking In Northern Arizona
The Trump administration has made no secret of the fact that it wants to increase our nation’s production of oil and gas, making many policy moves to make that happen. One of them is to open up bidding for oil and gas companies on federal lands in Northern Arizona.
June 4, 2018
Short On Water In The Mountains? Beavers, To The Rescue
Without the beavers’ work, their engineering prowess, this diverse wetland at North St. Vrain Creek wouldn’t be there. The valley bottom instead would slowly transform back into a grassy plain and the stream would return to its banks, cutting deeper into the landscape. The whole ecosystem would suffer.
May 31, 2018
Art Challenge Looks To Bring New Voices To Water Discussions
A trio of Phoenix-area organizations on Wednesday is launching the Water Public Art Challenge, the third challenge the groups have issued over the past few years.
May 30, 2018
State Water Agency Doesnt Recommend Quartzsite Deal
The state of Arizona is telling the federal government it does not endorse a water leasing deal between the Central Arizona Project and the Town of Quartzsite.
May 28, 2018
Can New River Residents Control Development With Water Source?
Communities north of Phoenix want to control water as a way to control development. More residents means less groundwater to pump, residents said. But their idea is not popular with everyone.
New River Development Drawing Attention To Subdivision Laws
May 25, 2018
Sounds Of The City: All Things Trash, Recycled Passes Here
Listen to the sounds of Stacey Hettmansperger at a Phoenix Transfer Station, monitoring the sorting of recyclables, trash and compost.
May 24, 2018
Flagstaff Ban On Recycling Certain Plastics Begins June 1
Flagstaff residents have been able to recycle any type of rigid plastic with number labels one through seven. Now only numbers one and two will be accepted in curbside bins.
May 24, 2018
New River Development Drawing Attention To Subdivision Laws
Residents of New River, still reeling from a water crisis, try to tackle a potentially illegal subdivision going up in their neighborhood.
May 24, 2018
Over 4,000 Acres In Northern Arizona To Be Leased For Gas, Oil Exploration
Environmental groups are poised to block the the Trump administration's decision to auction off over 4,000 acres of public land for oil and gas development in northern Arizona.
May 22, 2018
Nest Watchers Safeguard A New Generation Of Arizona Bald Eagles
Arizona’s bald eagle population has continued to grow since the birds were removed from the endangered species list in 2007. Every year a dedicated group of biologists camp out and watch the next generation from egg to first flight.
May 22, 2018
Satellite Images Show Changes In Groundwater Storage
Scientists have noticed changes in freshwater storage, and some of those changes are due to human activity.
May 21, 2018
Colorado River Flows Reach Historic Lows
Colorado River flows are at some of their lowest levels since records have been kept. Arizona and other states rely on the lessening Colorado River water, and at the same time drought is expanding in Arizona.
May 21, 2018
Water Advocate Sends Letter To Prospective Buyers Of NGS
Nicole Horseherder lives on Black Mesa, near the Peabody Energy operation there. She recently co-wrote a letter to the owners of two prospective buyers of the Navajo Generating Station expressing concerns.
May 17, 2018
Water Official: Shortage On Colo. River Looks Inevitable
There’s a better than 50 percent chance Arizona will get less water from the Colorado River by 2020.
May 16, 2018
Could Congress Save The Navajo Generating Station?
In determining the future of the Navajo Generating Station, Rep. Pual Gosar has suggested a bill that would allow the plant to be exempted from the National Environmental Policy Act to help a sale along in the permitting process.
May 16, 2018
Arizona Farm Helping Beer Lovers, Water Conservation
Sinagua Malt in Camp Verde says it’ll produce four tons of malted barley a week for breweries and bakeries sourced from barley grown at Hauser and Hauser Farms. The 600-acre farm once grew corn but has now swapped its crop for barley and, in the process, has potentially saved millions of gallons of water in the Verde River.
May 15, 2018
Climate Change Is Making Droughts Worse In The Western U.S.
A new study from NASA reinforces the idea that droughts are getting worse and could become more frequent in the Western U.S. The culprit is human-caused climate change.
May 15, 2018
Surprise Asks Residents To OK Water Company Purchase
In a bid to expand its water portfolio, the city of Surprise is holding an election over whether to buy a small water company.
May 14, 2018