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Before a developer can record plats of land or sell parcels in certain areas, they must show Arizona real estate officials that the water supply is assured for 100 years. The state Department of Water Resources says it's holding a series of informal meetings on a possible new way to satisfy the requirement.
Apr. 15, 2024
A scenic overview of the Colorado River from the Navajo Bridge near Jacob Lake.
According to a recently published study by researchers from Northern Arizona University, the Colorado River loses more than 19 million acre-feet of water to cities, farms and evaporation every year. That’s roughly the same amount of water used by the 50 largest cities in the country.
Apr. 9, 2024
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The EPA announced the first mandatory limits on forever chemicals in the nation’s drinking water Wednesday and is distributing $1 billion to help local governments meet the new standards.
Apr. 9, 2024
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These new federal funds, made available through the Inflation Reduction Act, are solely eligible for tribes residing in the 17 western states served by Reclamation.
Apr. 4, 2024
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Stakeholders across the Southwest are working to figure out how to use less water on the Colorado River as it continues to shrink. Now, a new study is shedding light on just where much of that shrinking water supply is going: hay.
Apr. 1, 2024
A scenic overview of the Colorado River from the Navajo Bridge near Jacob Lake.
For most of its 6 million-year existence, the Colorado River ran from the Continental Divide, high in the Rocky Mountains, downward and west, through forest and red rock, to a lush delta at the northernmost tip of the Gulf of California. Its winding descent carved, among other wonders, what people now call the Grand Canyon.
Mar. 29, 2024
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Coastal cities around the world are contending with rising sea levels and sinking due to land subsidence. We're not on the ocean, but Arizona is sinking, too — due to excessive groundwater pumping.
Mar. 27, 2024
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When Valley cities pump groundwater in their area, they are not required to recharge the aquifer in the same place. So supply is being depleted in some areas faster than others.
Mar. 27, 2024
The Arizona Legislature passed a bill that would allow people to challenge models used by the Arizona Department of Water Resources to determine whether new developments can be built.
Mar. 27, 2024
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While most of the focus in Arizona recently has been on last week’s presidential preference election, there’s another election going on that could have wide-ranging effects on many residents’ everyday lives.
Mar. 27, 2024
Skiers cruise down the slopes at Arapahoe Basin ski area in Colorado on Nov. 13, 2023.
It’s been a good year for snow in the Colorado mountains — which bodes well for water negotiations in the Southwest.
Mar. 25, 2024
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HB 2014 would exempt all communications and information gathered related to Water Infrastructure Finance Authority's water augmentation from all provisions of the state's Public Records Law.
Mar. 22, 2024
A protester holds onto a protect Ha'Kamwe' flag at Wesley Bolin Plaza.
A group of runners and walkers from the Hualapai Tribe finished trekking more than 200 miles over six days from western Arizona to the Valley on Tuesday.
Mar. 20, 2024
Michael Kotutwa Johnson standing inside his field at Second Mesa in September.
Michael Kotutwa Johnson is conducting new agricultural research at the University of Arizona to find solutions and combat cenvironmental trends, affecting even some of the most resilient Hopi dry farmers due to climate change.
Mar. 19, 2024
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A recent poll from Noble Predictive Insights found 59% Arizonans believe the state is running out of water.
Mar. 14, 2024
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Gov. Katie Hobbs says she won’t sign a bill championed by some Republicans to conserve rural groundwater, calling it “convoluted” and “beyond unacceptable.” She also warned that the state water department has the power to implement its own plans.
Mar. 13, 2024
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The tribe says it doesn’t approve of a plan from Arizona, California and Nevada to manage the Colorado River after current rules expire in 2026.
Mar. 13, 2024
Colorado River winds through Horseshoe Bend
Alex Hager covers the Colorado River basin for KUNC in Colorado and joined The Show to talk about how seven states will come to an agreement about water management.
Mar. 11, 2024
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Gov. Katie Hobbs' office on Thursday announced the Saudi-owned company Fondomonte is "officially no longer pumping Arizona groundwater in Butler Valley," in the western side of the state.
Mar. 8, 2024
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PFAS are a group of widely-used, human-made chemicals linked to health issues like cancer and thyroid disease. The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to release a long-awaited set of drinking water standards for the chemicals this year. But contamination has already been found in thousands of communities around the country like Tucson.
Mar. 6, 2024

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