Hermosillio, Sonora
Hermosillo, Sonora, is already experiencing what have become habitual summer water shortages. And experts say that the only way to address the crisis is to better manage the city’s water — and to use less of it.
Jun. 2, 2022
Arizona’s largest city is joining the growing the list of municipalities activating their drought management plans. Phoenix declared a Stage 1 Water Alert on Wednesday.
Jun. 2, 2022
A view of downtown Las Vegas from the suburbs
A couple of decades ago, Las Vegas implemented changes to how households were able to use water. The Show spoke with the Southern Nevada Water Authority to learn what changes Arizonans can expect as the drought continues.
Jun. 1, 2022
Sonora Drought
Sonora's governor says that reducing demand, improving infrastructure and finding new sources will be key steps to addressing the issue.
May. 31, 2022
Gov. Doug Ducey has proposed spending $1 billion to establish a new statewide water agency to address Arizona’s drought. A new poll suggests most Arizonans support the idea.
May. 30, 2022
downtown tucson
The city of Tucson is getting federal money to clean up contaminants in its groundwater, part of a sum coming from the Infrastructure law passed by Congress this year.
May. 26, 2022
Rosemont Copper Mine site in the Santa Rita Mountains near Tucson
Per a court order this week, Canadian mining company Hudbay Minerals is allowed to continue work on a new copper mining project slated for a slope of the Santa Rita Mountains in southern Arizona.
May. 26, 2022
Sonora Governor Alfonso Durazo
The governor of neighboring Sonora, Mexico, says with water supplies for the state capital reaching crisis levels, desalination will be increasingly necessary to secure adequate water for human consumption, agriculture and industry.
May. 26, 2022
water faucet
Mesa recently declared itself to be in the first stage of a water shortage due to historic drought, climate change and overallocation of the Colorado River. But the city is not yet ordering residents to cut back on usage.
May. 25, 2022
Sonora Drought
Climate change is one key factor at play, but experts say poor water management policies are also central.
May. 24, 2022
Deb Haaland
A dam on the Fort Apache Reservation in Arizona will get a share of $29 million earmarked for safety repairs of aging dams as part of the federal infrastructure deal, the Department of the Interior announced Wednesday.
May. 19, 2022
Cochise County
A proposal apparently headed to the November ballot would have voters in rural southeastern Arizona decide whether to create a new regulatory district to manage groundwater use for agriculture in an area where aquifer levels have dropped in recent years.
May. 19, 2022
Rosemont Copper Mine site in the Santa Rita Mountains near Tucson
This month, a federal court upheld a previous order that blocked Hudbay Minerals from building an open-pit copper mine in the Santa Rita Mountains outside Tucson. But advocates say some construction is still moving forward on another slope of the mountain range.
May. 18, 2022
desalination equipment
Plans to build a new desalination plant in Southern California were rejected after more than 20 years of debate. The decision has implications for the future of the Colorado River.
May. 18, 2022
Sonora Drought
The state's system of nine reservoirs is sitting at below 19% of capacity, a figure not seen in mid-May in years.
May. 17, 2022
Kangirega Village
A 29% rise in the number and duration of droughts since the year 2000 has brought the world to “a crossroads.” So says a report by the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, which calls for urgent action, “using every tool we can.”
May. 12, 2022
Lake Mead
Lower levels at Lake Mead have sent water managers scrambling to assess Southwestern water and energy needs. But the falling reservoir is also revealing some surprises. Earlier this month, boaters at Lake Mead discovered a barrel with human remains.
May. 10, 2022
Echo Bay launch ramp at Lake Mead
The Park Service has already closed a number of ramps on Lake Mead and recently announced that it will close Echo Bay launch ramp starting Wednesday.
May. 9, 2022
Lake Powell
As the drought continues and climate change’s impact is felt even more deeply, dealing with Arizona’s water challenges has taken on a dramatic immediacy. And that will include conservation — possibly required conservation in the next couple of years.
May. 9, 2022
Quitobaquito a natural water source near the U.S.-Mexico border in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. It’s a sacred site and historic homestead to a southern Arizona tribe and it houses some of the state’s most endangered species. But the site is now in peril.
May. 6, 2022


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