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CRIT Chairwoman Amelia Flores (left), Sen. Mark Kelly, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland and Gov. Katie Hobbs (right) sit beside each other at the signing of a historic water agreement in April 2024.
Tribal water politics can be complicated and confusing. Arizona is home to 22 federally recognized tribes. Each is trying to tap into the state’s ever-shrinking supplies of surface and groundwater, and, most of all, the Colorado River, following decades of exclusion.
May. 19, 2024
If you’ve walked or cycled along the Grand Canal between Seventh Avenue and Seventh Street in the past few days you may have noticed some bubblegum pink blobs stuck to the sides of the canal walls.
May. 17, 2024
Queen Creek housing development
It’s been almost one year since Arizona’s governor announced new limits on some types of construction in the Phoenix area in response to projected groundwater shortages. But the announcement didn’t stop growth. And officials now think they have a water policy solution for communities most impacted.
Every last drop: Tackling big questions about Arizona's water future
May. 16, 2024
The Colorado River flows through Grand County, Colo.
Policymakers say they’re getting closer to an agreement between seven Western states on how to manage the Colorado River in the future. But details from those closed-door negotiations have been limited.
May. 15, 2024
sprinklers
Scottsdale is offering money to residents and businesses to remove grass, pools and spas.
May. 14, 2024
Lake Mead
The Navajo Nation has one of the largest single outstanding claims in the Colorado River basin and will vote soon on the measure in a special session. It's the first of many approvals — ending with Congress — that's needed to finalize the deal.
May. 14, 2024
The Colorado River at border of Arizona and California
A plan submitted by Arizona, California and Nevada to save 3 million acre feet of Colorado River supply over the next two years has been adopted by the federal government.
May. 13, 2024
colorado river from above
The conversation, moderated by The Show's Mark Brodie, will explore the politics of water: the stakeholders involved, and the conflicts and cooperation that exist throughout all levels of government, as Arizona contends with historic drought and concerns about the state's water supply.
May. 8, 2024
Aerial shot of suburban homes under construction in Marana, Arizona.
Joanna Allhands is an opinion columnist at The Arizona Republic, and she joined The Show to talk about an option that isn't groundwater for the communities on the outer reaches of metro Phoenix.
May. 6, 2024
Portable irrigation system on a crop in the Casa Grande valley.
Brendon Derr, a reporter with the Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting, joined The Show to talk more about the Douglas Groundwater Basin in Cochise County.
May. 6, 2024
Colorado River Indian Tribes Chairwoman Amelia Flores and Interior Secretary Deb Haaland pose along the banks of the Colorado River in April 2024.
More than 800 Mohave Community College students are set to graduate on Friday, and a special tribal guest has been invited to speak at their commencement.
May. 2, 2024
Pinyon Plain Mine
Arizona officials are reviewing the 27-page report from the University of New Mexico but say adverse impacts to groundwater from the uranium mine are extremely unlikely.
May. 1, 2024
Looking down an irrigation ditch
Hobbs vetoed three bills Tuesday, bringing her total number this session to 55. One would have stripped the AG of the power to sue corporate farm owners over groundwater usage.
How Hobbs has been brokering negotiations on housing
May. 1, 2024
The Colorado River at border of Arizona and California
A new agreement between six tribes and the Upper Basin states might give their Colorado River proposal more weight as the federal government considers it alongside a proposal from the Lower Basin states, which includes Arizona.
Apr. 30, 2024
Looking out onto a frozen lake with snowy mountains in background
Water managers from across the West are turning their eyes to those high-alpine climes to get a sense of summertime water supply for cities and farms across the region.
Apr. 29, 2024
Colorado River Indian Tribes Chairwoman Amelia Flores (left), Interior Secretary Deb Haaland and Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs (right) sign an historic water rights agreement on Friday, April 26, 2024.
The Interior Department, Arizona and Colorado River Indian Tribes (CRIT) signed a trilateral agreement along the banks of the Colorado River on Friday.
More from the Tribal Natural Resources desk
Apr. 26, 2024
sign for the town of Queen Creek
About a decade ago, a company called Greenstone bought nearly 500 acres of land in the town of Cibola, in La Paz County. But, a few years later, Greenstone sold the water rights to Queen Creek and made about $14 million in profit.
Apr. 24, 2024
Scottsdale City Hall
Scottsdale residents have about a week left to submit comments on the city’s proposed plan for sustainability.
Apr. 23, 2024
Navajo Nation president's office
The Navajo Nation and Gila River Indian Community were named alongside more than 100 inaugural members participating in “The America the Beautiful Freshwater Challenge,” an initiative that is intended to restore the country’s waterways.
Apr. 23, 2024
Greg Stanton stands at a podium with the city of Mesa's logo on the front. People stand on either side of him and he is speaking into the microphone.
Mesa Mayor John Giles and Arizona Congressman Greg Stanton on Monday announced roughly $1.75 million in federal money for two water infrastructure projects. Stanton said the projects’ focus is on improving Mesa’s ability to make the most of its water supply.
Apr. 22, 2024

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