Colorado River
The Show spoke with Arizona Republic editorial page editor Elvia Díaz about Arizona's usage of water, specifically from the Colorado River.
Aug. 28, 2023
Fire officials at a meeting
Fewer than five wildfires are currently burning in the state, but there’s still concern about the potential for new ones to spark.
Aug. 25, 2023
Man in hat stands in front of farm field
Historic drought. Record heat. Severe water cutbacks. Life isn’t easy for Arizona farmers these days. Some are trying to adapt by planting new crops and using new technology. Others say they’ll leave their land fallow and install solar panels or wind turbines on the fertile soil instead. The University of Arizona’s Agricultural Extension is helping them transition to the farms of the future.
Aug. 25, 2023
Arizona Drought August
After a wet winter, drought conditions had significantly improved across Arizona. But now, our hot summer has started to reverse the trend.
Aug. 24, 2023
A pair of Mexican spotted owl fledglings
The hearing Thursday in Tucson covers a pair of mining projects slated for a stretch of U.S. Forest Service land in southern Arizona. A federal judge will hear their arguments for halting all mining activity while the a larger case proceeds.
Aug. 23, 2023
TSMC fab plant
A headline in Foreign Policy magazine from earlier this month read, “No Water, No Workers, No Chips.” It was about the need for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company and other firms to take climate into account when investing in particular locations. Danny Seiden felt the need to respond.
Aug. 22, 2023
Despite July’s record heat, Scottsdale says it cut water use by 7% compared to the same time last year.
Aug. 21, 2023
A flood watch for Hurricane Hilary is issued by the National Weather Service.
Sixteen water rescue specialists from the Phoenix Fire Department are being sent to Yuma. They will be staged there to prepare for flooding that may occur as a result of Tropical Storm Hilary.
Aug. 20, 2023
drop from a water faucet
The federal government is slightly easing restrictions on Colorado River water after a wet winter helped boost reservoir levels. But Phoenix water managers say the city will remain under a stage one water alert.
Aug. 16, 2023
An oil well in northern Utah
Eastern Utah’s Uinta Basin has more than 10,000 active oil and gas wells. Local environmentalists have dubbed it Mordor — a grim reference to “The Lord of the Rings.” The sparsely populated area has air quality as poor as Beijing.
Aug. 16, 2023
Lake Powell
The Bureau of Reclamation has released its annual operating conditions report for Lake Powell and Lake Mead, which offered a mixed assessment of the Colorado River.
Aug. 15, 2023
Colorado River in Colorado's high country
Plentiful snow and rain last winter helped to pull many of the states in the region out of drought and raised levels at Lake Mead and Lake Powell. However, challenges of overuse remain. Lake Powell is still only about 39% full, and Lake Mead is at about 33%.
Aug. 15, 2023
Close up of a bale of hay
Reports of Saudi-owned companies operating farms in western Arizona and pumping groundwater to grow alfalfa, which is then exported out of the country have led some state officials to start investigating. But a new investigation finds in at least one instance, it was the state of Arizona itself that helped finance this kind of operation, in the form of the Arizona State Retirement System.
Aug. 15, 2023
Tempe Town Lake
In 2018, six cities and two tribes started an initiative to revitalize roughly 58 miles alongside the Rio Salado. One key position for getting that initiative off the ground has now been filled.
Aug. 11, 2023
The Fish and Wildlife Service and Army Corps of Engineers have proposed environmental rule changes for Roosevelt Lake, including increasing the time the lake can be full from 20 days to 100 days.
Aug. 8, 2023
Tempe is inviting residents and business owners to learn how the city is addressing the opioid crisis.
Aug. 8, 2023
housing construction
The Show spoke with Paula Randolph, associate director of the Babbitt Center for Land and Water Policy at the Lincoln Institute, about issues around pausing certificates for new development in Arizona amid an affordable housing crisis.
Aug. 8, 2023
roosevelt dam
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will take public comments on a proposed amendment to environmental rules governing the operation of Roosevelt Dam.
Aug. 7, 2023
About three-fourths of Arizona’s water supply goes to agriculture, and policy makers say the state needs to address that fact as it confronts a shrinking Colorado River. That's why a University of Arizona program is helping farmers use water more efficiently.
Aug. 2, 2023
Houseboats on Lake Powell at Bullfrog Marina
The Thirst Gap podcast continues with Episode 3, which looks at changes to recreation at the country's second-biggest reservoir, Lake Powell.
Jul. 27, 2023


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