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Two key members of the Governor’s Water Policy Council have quit. They say they can’t support the way the council is pushing ahead to regulate agricultural use.
Oct. 13, 2023
Trees and plants at the wetland
Phoenix and the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management are planning a controlled burn Oct. 17 at the Tres Rios Wetlands in southwestern Phoenix.
Oct. 13, 2023
wastewater plant
Phoenix is activating a treatment plant where recycled sewage will be converted not only to graywater for irrigation, but also to drinking water. The pilot project is the latest attempt to stretch resources in the face of historic drought.
Oct. 13, 2023
Farmworkers harvesting in a field
Hallie Mahowald is chief programs officer for Western Landowners Alliance, which was one of the groups behind the research. She spoke with The Show about some of the key takeaways from the survey.
Oct. 11, 2023
Downtown Safford
La Paz County and Safford will collectively get more than $4.3 million in funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
Oct. 10, 2023
President Joe Biden
The Biden administration is waiving more than two dozen environmental protection laws to build a steel bollard wall and roads along almost 20 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. Arizona lawmakers and advocates are calling on him to reverse course.
Oct. 10, 2023
A sign advertising land for sale in Rio Verde Foothills
Rio Verde Foothills Standpipe District president Meredith DeAngelis announced Friday that water haulers will be able to draw from a standpipe owned by Scottsdale, beginning at 7 a.m. Monday.
Oct. 6, 2023
Lidar map of Tikal, Guatemala
The Classic Maya who lived in Central America more than 1,100 years ago relied on reservoirs to survive their five-month dry season and sporadic droughts. But how did they keep their water clean? The answer could hint at ways to improve water quality and availably under climate change.
Oct. 6, 2023
East Verde River
Phoenix will give the Nature Conservancy close to half a million dollars over three years to support flows and water quality in the Salt and Verde River watersheds.
Oct. 5, 2023
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Gov. Katie Hobbs says she is protecting Arizona's resources by terminating the leases for a Saudi-owned company that’s been growing water-intensive crops in the drought-stricken state. But some say the state needs to do more to regulate rural groundwater.
More Arizona water news
Oct. 3, 2023
The Colorado River below Glen Canyon Dam
The U.S. government wants to change how it manages Glen Canyon Dam in northern Arizona to keep a disruptive invasive fish from spawning in its waters and harming protected species.
Oct. 3, 2023
Katie Hobbs at podium
Gov. Katie Hobbs says the state is terminating a lease for a Saudi-owned company that’s been farming alfalfa in Arizona. The company has been criticized for growing a water-intensive crop for export amid the Southwest’s historic drought.
More Arizona politics news
Oct. 2, 2023
Gilbert water tower
Gilbert already has rebate programs for residential customers who replace grass with drought-tolerant landscaping. But now, the town is partnering with the Salt River Project to expand its turf removal rebates to HOAs and commercial water users.
Sep. 26, 2023
Guayule plants
Policy experts say that about 74% of the state’s water goes to agriculture. Now, researchers at the University of Arizona are working with farmers to find new ways, and new crops, that might help conserve.
More Arizona water news
Sep. 22, 2023
Lake Mead
The Show spoke with Luke Runyon, co-director of the Water Desk at the University of Colorado's Center for Environmental Journalism, about the Colorado River and water in the West.
Sep. 19, 2023
Hogan by the River interior
Nearly a third of the Navajo Nation still lives without running water, but that doesn’t stop travelers from veering off the grid to find a place without a faucet, flushing toilet or shower to spend the night.
More tribal natural resources stories
Sep. 18, 2023
El Pinacate
UNESCO, the UN body responsible for world heritage sites, is asking for more protection of the nature reserve just across the Arizona border in Mexico.
Sep. 18, 2023
Quitobaquito Springs
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is asking for public input on a proposed rule that would protect a tiny, endangered snail species found only in southern Arizona’s Quitobaquito Springs.
Sep. 12, 2023
washing hands with water
State Sen. Priya Sundareshan is seeking a grant to fix leaking water infrastructure for a rural community near Tucson.
Sep. 12, 2023
Firefighters congregate in burned area on the Dude Fire
When Google announced plans to build a data center in Mesa, it said it will use air instead of water to cool the facility. The tech giant will take additional steps toward water conservation.
Sep. 11, 2023

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