Drought monitor Arizona
A year ago, the U.S. Drought Monitor reported the entire state of Arizona was experiencing dry conditions. Now, the report shows only about 18% of the state is in a drought. But experts say that doesn’t signal an end to water shortages in the Southwest.
May. 11, 2023
Attorney General Kris Mayes has criticized the state’s relationship with Saudi-owned alfalfa farms that pump groundwater in rural Arizona with little oversight. She recently made note of other aspects of groundwater law.
May. 9, 2023
Roosevelt Dam spillway test
Snowmelt from Arizona’s high country has pushed Roosevelt Lake to record levels. The water has backed up so far that Salt River Project has scheduled its annual test of the dam’s infrastructure for Wednesday.
May. 8, 2023
An aerial view of a development site in Scottsdale
Many Arizonans are concerned about the future availability of water. But in the community of Rio Verde Foothills, just outside of Scottsdale, the taps have already run dry. What’s the likelihood of other developments running into the same problem?
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May. 8, 2023
Boats on Lake Powell
After heavy snowfall this winter, top water officials in Arizona are cautiously optimistic about Colorado River supplies — at least for this year.
May. 6, 2023
Katie Hobbs
Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs has announced the members of her Water Policy Council, which will advise on legislation recommendations for the governor. According to a press release, the council will begin work focusing on water supply and rural groundwater policies.
May. 5, 2023
water bill
The Phoenix Water Services Department is hosting a series of meetings over the next several weeks to allow the public to comment on proposed rate increases for water and wastewater services.
May. 4, 2023
dry cracked ground
As Arizona learns to cope with less water from the Colorado River, policy makers have begun to spotlight the state’s groundwater supply, and a nonprofit has released a new poll that reflects those concerns.
May. 3, 2023
A new bipartisan infrastructure deal includes funding for water conservation efforts across the West. More than $11 million will go to five specific projects in Arizona.
Apr. 28, 2023
As efforts to conserve the region’s most precious resource continue, agencies like Central Arizona Project fund cloud seeding projects in upper Colorado basin states with the goal of increasing snowpack that will melt into the Colorado River and flow into the Grand Canyon state.
Apr. 28, 2023
KJZZ News hosted a panel discussion
Record drought throughout the Southwest has taken a toll on the Colorado River, and put greater emphasis on other water supplies. KJZZ News hosted a panel discussion Wednesday in Tempe on Arizona’s groundwater situation.
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Apr. 27, 2023
Lake Mead tower
The West’s wet winter has changed the region’s water forecasts, at least in the short term. But Joanna Allhands argues we still need longer-term solutions to deal with the Colorado River.
Apr. 26, 2023
Canyon Creek fish hatchery
Arizona Game and Fish Department officials have added Canyon Creek in northern Arizona to its list of Aquatic Invasive Species Affected Waters. As a result, anglers and others who recreate there face new directives.
Apr. 25, 2023
It’s been several months now since about 1,000 residents of the Rio Verde Foothills stopped getting water from Scottsdale. Now, a private utility company Epcor has made its case to be the community’s water supplier.
Apr. 25, 2023
Arizona’s share of Colorado River water has been cut amid the record drought gripping the Southwest. That has put a greater emphasis — and more scrutiny — on other sources.
Apr. 24, 2023
Alfalfa Bails
The state of Arizona has rescinded drilling permits for two water wells for a Saudi Arabia-owned alfalfa farm in the western portion of the state after authorities said they discovered inconsistencies in the company's well applications.
Apr. 22, 2023
Horseshoe Bend on the Colorado River
As the nation’s two largest reservoirs have fallen to all-time lows, the Bureau of Reclamation has made adjustments, including a suspension of releases from Glen Canyon Dam to simulate historic flows. But the agency is expected to resume the practice next week.
Apr. 19, 2023
Colorado River
A nonprofit has released its annual report on endangered rivers in the U.S., and the Colorado River leads the list for the second year in a row.
Apr. 18, 2023
Colorado River
The Department of Interior has indicated that if states don’t cooperate on dividing Colorado River water, more cuts may be on the way. The agency indicated that California could also face cutbacks, which means that the state’s wait-and-see strategy may have fallen short.
Apr. 17, 2023
Despite a healthy amount of rain and snow in the state, Arizona remains in a near 25-year drought. A free event in the Valley that focuses on conservation methods for the region’s most important natural resource happens Saturday.
Apr. 14, 2023


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