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Below Average Colorado River Water Supply Expected
This week, we got our first look at likely Colorado River levels for the year, and the outlook could be better. The Colorado Basin River Forecast Center expects water supplies to be below average in 2020 despite a high snowpack.
Jan. 9, 2020
Transportation, Infrastructure Part of AZ Tech Council Legislation Priorities
In advance of the state's 2020 legislative session, the Arizona Technology Council has outlined its top priorities. Among them is a focus on transportation and infrastructure development.
Jan. 7, 2020
Vice Admiral: We Should Be Fairly Nervous About Vulnerabilities Of The Grid
There have been efforts in Arizona and elsewhere to increase the use of renewable energy for several years now. Some experts have also been trying to raise the alarm about vulnerabilities in our energy grid. Vice Admiral Lee Gunn says it’s possible to tackle both problems at once.
Jan. 7, 2020
Sustainable Products Hot At Consumer Electronics Show
The annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas starts Tuesday. Hot this year are products that focus on sustainability. Circularise, an information technology company out of Holland, is creating digital versions of plastic materials that manufacturers can then use to share details on products.
Jan. 6, 2020
Game And Fish To Conduct Annual Survey Of Big Game
The Arizona Game and Fish Department is conducting its annual aerial survey of big game population in the state. "The data obtained will help us determine how many hunting tags to let out in a given year," he said. "We have to balance out the number of animals in the field with the number of permits we let so the harvest is sustainable."
Jan. 6, 2020
What The New Solar Requirement Means For Housing In California
As of Jan. 1, every new home or three-story residential building in California has to have its energy powered by solar sources.
Jan. 3, 2020
How Phoenix Could Embrace Its Extreme Heat
While national media outlets penned apocalyptic pieces about the heat here, professor and author Tom Zoellner completed a thru-hike of the Arizona Trail. He suggests Arizonans start thinking about summers differently.
Jan. 3, 2020
Moratorium Lifted On San Tan Valley Water Hookups
One of the nation’s fastest growing real estate markets will face fewer restrictions on new homes this year.
Jan. 2, 2020
Why Some Arizona Superfund Sites Have Been On The List For Decades
Nearly 40 years ago, the U.S. Superfund program was put into effect in an effort to clean up areas contaminated with hazardous material. But are Superfund sites a high enough priority? And what effect could climate change have?
Jan. 2, 2020
Flagstaff Will Pick Up Old Christmas Trees Jan. 6
The city of Flagstaff is reminding residents that its annual “treecycling” program will be picking up trees curbside Jan. 6. Dylan Lenzen, manager of the program, said the trees are shredded into chips for mulch and soil-like material that’s required to be deposited each day on top of landfills.
Jan. 2, 2020
As Winter Approaches, All Eyes Turn Toward Rocky Mountain Snowpack
The West’s water security is wrapped up in snow. When it melts, it becomes drinking and irrigation water for millions throughout the region. A high snowpack lets farmers, skiers and water managers breathe a sigh of relief, while a low one can spell long-term trouble.
Jan. 2, 2020
Conservationists: Mexican Failing To Protect Vaquita
Mexico has struggled for years to protect a nearly extinct porpoise from illegal fishing. In December, Mexico's Interior Department took charge of coordinating the government’s efforts. But some say it’s not enough.
Dec. 31, 2019
Conservationists Intend To Sue Ft. Huachuca, U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service
Conservationists have served a notice of intent to sue Ft. Huachuca and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, claiming the U.S. Army base in southeast Arizona has been knowingly jeopardizing the San Pedro River.
Dec. 31, 2019
Boas: 2019 Arizonan Of The Year
Annually, the Arizona Republic chooses a person or persons as Arizonan of the Year. For 2019, Tom Buschatzke of the Arizona Department of Water Resources and Ted Cooke of Central Arizona Project were given the honor.
Dec. 30, 2019
Why Environmental Groups Are Fighting The Rosemont Mine
Canadian mining company Hudbay Minerals wants to build the third largest copper mine in the United States on 4,500 acres south of Tucson. Part of the $1.9 billion project involves depositing 2 billion tons of waste rock on public lands. The project is being challenged by environmental and Native American organizations.
Dec. 30, 2019
Arizona Wildfires: What To Expect In 2020
With rain and snow falling and temperatures feeling a bit more like winter, wildfires are not top of mind for most Arizonans. But that will change soon, as winter precipitation leads to a green spring, and then those potential fuels dry out.
Dec. 30, 2019
Feds File To Dissolve Mexican Spotted Owl Habitat Ruling
Attorneys for the U.S. Department of Justice on Friday filed a motion in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona to dissolve a prior court ruling against forest activities that threaten habitat for the Mexican spotted owl. If a judge agrees, so-called “timber management activities” would be allowed to resume in five national forests in New Mexico and the Tonto National Forest in Arizona.
Dec. 29, 2019
Colorado River Managers Struggle With Water Scarcity
On stage in a conference room at Las Vegas's Caesars Palace, Keith Moses said coming to terms with the limits of the Colorado River is like losing a loved one. "It reminds me of the seven stages of grief," Moses said. "Because I think we've been in denial for a long time."
Dec. 27, 2019
Giving The Gift Of Secondhand Items Becoming More Acceptable
A survey of 1,500 hundred consumers by the consulting firm Accenture PLC found almost half would consider giving secondhand clothing as gifts. And 56% said they would be happy to receive a pre-owned gift. Courtney Nelson with Goodwill of Central and Northern Arizona joined The Show to talk about it.
Dec. 24, 2019
Report: ADEQ Faces Among Deepest Budget, Staffing Cuts In Country
The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has seen some of the deepest budget and staffing cuts of any state environmental agency in the country. That’s according to a new analysis from a group called the Environmental Integrity Project.
Dec. 23, 2019