a water map by jen urso
Artist Jen Urso is taking this year's Canal Convergence into virtual reality with her latest project, "What Grows Here." It’s an interactive, layered map that shows more than 1,000 years of water use in the Scottsdale area.
Nov. 9, 2022
washing hands with water
Voters in southeast Arizona may split on a pair of initiatives that would have allowed them to form local boards to manage their groundwater supplies. Propositions 420 and 422 are similar measures for nearby rural districts, but early results suggest 422 could pass while 420 fails.
Nov. 8, 2022
Climate change is making the American West hotter and drier, shifting the timing and strength of moisture extremes. But research suggests beaver dams could more than offset the harmful effects such changes have on water quality.
Nov. 8, 2022
washing hands with water
In southeast Arizona, voters will also decide on propositions that would create management districts for groundwater.
Nov. 7, 2022
U.S. Supreme Court
The U.S. Supreme Court is considering narrowing the Clean Water Act, a federal law that regulates pollutants in water and wetlands. Some have pointed to a disproportionate amount of harm a decision to narrow that scope could have on Indigenous communities.
Nov. 3, 2022
Detention basins
Flagstaff city officials announced the completion of a detention basin on the city’s west side that will help protect homes from flooding.
Nov. 3, 2022
a Dynamite Water tanker
The San Carlos Apache tribe has offered to make 65 million gallons of its Central Arizona Project water available while Rio Verde works out a long-term solution.
Nov. 1, 2022
A sign points voters to the polls at Tumbleweed Recreation Center
As Arizona and other states throughout the Southwest have tried to manage water supplies throughout a historic drought, the Colorado River has gotten the bulk of the attention. But rural Arizonans are concerned about groundwater.
Oct. 31, 2022
Lake Powell
California recently proposed water conservation measures that would reduce its consumption of Colorado River water. But some say the proposal did not go far enough.
Oct. 26, 2022
Arizona Gov Doug Ducey surveys shipping containers used to close gaps in the border wall
Gov. Doug Ducey’s office is creating another makeshift border wall out of shipping containers. This time along a stretch of federal land in Cochise County that has conservationists concerned.
Oct. 25, 2022
Colorado River
Phoenix is launching a educational campaign about water conservation in response to the Southwest’s water shortage.
Oct. 21, 2022
Colorado River
As Colorado River cutbacks put a premium on water, a U.S. Supreme Court case will soon decide the fate of the Clean Water Act. The Arizona Wildlife Federation has issued an op-ed arguing for its protection.
Oct. 21, 2022
glass of water
A new federal requirement means Phoenix will replace thousands of water service lines to reduce the risk of lead exposure in drinking water.
Oct. 20, 2022
downtown tucson
Lawmakers in Arizona are renewing calls for the federal government to help clean up groundwater in the Tucson area that has been contaminated by military activities.
Oct. 19, 2022
verde river
The Department of Interior announced that the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law includes more than $200 million for drought resilience projects.
Oct. 19, 2022
Gila River Indian Community Mar-5
The Gila River Indian Community in Arizona announced plans to conserve a significant amount of its water supplies. The savings will be used to prop up water levels in Lake Mead.
Oct. 19, 2022
In the past 25 years, California’s most polluted inland lake has grown more polluted and hazardous as it has lost one-third of its water. A new paper suggests that warming trends and water diversion might not be the cause.
More science and innovation news
Oct. 12, 2022
classroom supplies
Researchers from Northern Arizona University and University of Arizona are collaborating with the Cocopah Indian Tribe to assess environmental health issues at a Head Start and day care facility. Concerns include possible air and water pollution from surrounding areas.
Oct. 6, 2022
Monsoon storm lightning over downtown phoenix summer 2022
The 2022 monsoon season was a wet one. Most of the state saw rainfall near or above average.
Oct. 4, 2022
snow on rocks
A new study from Colorado State University takes a deep dive into the complex connection between wildfires and snowpack and how it all relates to our diminishing Western water supply.
Oct. 4, 2022


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