Environment

sign for the town of Queen Creek
A coalition of conservation groups has filed a formal notice of intent to sue the Environmental Protection Agency over dissolved copper and lead levels in the Queen Creek watershed.
Aug. 9, 2022
vaquita mural
The continued survival of a small porpoise in Mexico’s Upper Gulf of California may indicate that the few remaining members of the species have learned how to escape from fishing nets. But experts warn that it will still become extinct if it’s not protected from those nets.
Aug. 5, 2022
Rio Sonora 8 years
Saturday marks eight years since the worst environmental mining disaster in Mexican history. And for residents of the Rio Sonora valley, the impacts of that spill are still being felt.
Aug. 4, 2022
El Jefe the jaguar
A rare northern jaguar last documented in Arizona in 2015 has been spotted on camera in neighboring Sonora. Conservation groups point to the sighting as evidence of continued cross-border connectivity for the species.
Aug. 4, 2022
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
About 10 months ago, the Biden administration reset the boundaries of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in southern Utah, which means the Bureau of Land Management will need a new plan.
Aug. 3, 2022
san pedro river
A coalition of conservation groups has reached a settlement on grazing near the San Pedro River in southern Arizona.
Aug. 3, 2022
Bureau of Land Management sign
The Bureau of Land Management has extended the comment period for a popular recreation site north of Phoenix.
Aug. 2, 2022
Petrified Forest National Park
The Biden administration has announced it will bring back the Federal Interagency Council on Outdoor Recreation.
Aug. 1, 2022
Navajo Nation
The bipartisan infrastructure bill provided funds to clean up environmental hazards such as abandoned mines, and the Navajo Nation will be eligible for some of that funding.
Aug. 1, 2022
rainy sidewalk during a monsoon
The City of Flagstaff this week secured $2.4 million in federal funding for flood mitigation efforts. Mayor Paul Deasy said a recent fire burn scar is the main focus as rain continues to be in the forecast.
Jul. 29, 2022
Wind lifts sand from the dunes in Death Valley
An environmental nonprofit won a court judgment regulating helicopter and plane noise over national parks in 2020, but most parks have yet to comply with the judgment.
Jul. 29, 2022
Concertina wire on the U.S. fence
In the wake of border wall construction during the Trump administration, various sites along the U.S.-Mexico border are in need of environmental restoration. A new report from the nonprofit Wildlands Network details the highest priority areas.
Jul. 28, 2022
White Mesa Mill
In December, the Environmental Protection Agency issued an Unacceptability Notice to a uranium mill located near Bears Ears National Monument, but the agency has revised that notice.
Jul. 27, 2022
mark adams
Flagstaff recently experienced two large wildfires — what hotshot firefighter Mark Adams calls “career fires.” And he argues that it’s a matter of when, not if, they’ll significantly damage the city’s iconic landscapes.
Get the latest news on wildfires in Arizona
Jul. 26, 2022
Havasupai home
Last week, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee took up a bill to ban uranium mining near the Grand Canyon, which an Arizona tribe has been watching the bill closely.
Jul. 25, 2022
Ranger hat hangs on a tree
As the national parks see more search and rescue operations, its ranger force has gone down.
Jul. 25, 2022
Tonto National Forest sign
U.S. Forest Service officials are dropping all fire restrictions in Tonto National Forest, citing an increase in monsoon weather that has lowered fire danger across the forest.
Jul. 23, 2022
Dragon Fire
Firefighters continue to monitor a blaze on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, but the weather has been on their side this week.
Jul. 21, 2022
Bureau of Land Management sign
Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility has issued a report on the Bureau of Land Management under the Biden administration. Halfway into the president's term, they gave it mixed reviews.
Jul. 20, 2022
Maya train construction
The Mexican government has restarted construction on a contested railroad project that had run into legal hurdles. Known as the Maya train, the railway has now been designated as a national security matter in order to continue work on the project.
Jul. 20, 2022

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