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Turlock Irrigation District solar canal rendering
A California utility is set to test out whether covering canals with solar panels can save water by preventing evaporation, among other benefits.
Sep. 14, 2022
Lake Mead barrels
Average water levels at Lake Mead rose by 4 feet during the month of September, according to the Bureau of Reclamation. Orestes Morfin, a senior planning analyst at the Central Arizona Project, says not to get too excited with the high levels.
Sep. 13, 2022
Bureau of Land Management sign
A panel of Bureau of Land Management experts has analyzed an environmental impact statement for a proposed copper mine near the Oak Flat area of Tonto National Forest.
Sep. 13, 2022
sandbags
The National Weather Service has issued several flood warnings for parts of southern Arizona as more remnants of Tropical Storm Kay send ripple effects into Arizona, California and Nevada.
Sep. 12, 2022
Kyrene Reclamation Facility Tempe
During the Great Recession, the city of Tempe shuttered its Kyrene water reclamation facility. Now the city will get federal funding to revive the plant, which will be able to treat up to 4 million gallons a day.
More Arizona water news
Sep. 12, 2022
La Nina pattern
Cold water in the Pacific Ocean is pushing towards the surface, changing weather patterns above our region for the third straight year. Typically, that means colder, wetter winters for the northwestern portion of the country, and a warmer, drier winter in the Southwest.
Sep. 12, 2022
wastewater plant
Wastewater monitoring rose to prominence during the pandemic, when states like Arizona used it to detect the emergence of the omicron variant. Now, concerns over polio and monkeypox have inspired 18 scientists to call for scaling up the surveillance.
Sep. 9, 2022
Colorado River
Divvying up Colorado River water has been the subject of at least two letters this week from Republican and Democratic members of Arizona’s congressional delegation. One note was sent to the head of the U.S. Department of Interior and the other to the governor of California.
Sep. 7, 2022
The Colorado River’s falling levels have made headlines because of the impact on water supplies and the power grid. But they could also affect the trout fishing at Lees Ferry.
Sep. 6, 2022
Grand Canyon National Park visitors Mather Point
Grand Canyon National Park officials discovered a new pipeline break in the inner canyon along the North Kaibab trail. They are now requiring park residents and visitors to reduce water usage in homes, hotel rooms and campgrounds.
Sep. 3, 2022
Razorback sucker fish
The Bureau of Reclamation has announced that funding in the bipartisan infrastructure law includes more than $8 million to replace the water supply line at Lake Mead Hatchery.
Aug. 31, 2022
Rio Verde Foothills homeowner Meredith DeAngelis
Facing a water cutoff in 2023, Maricopa County’s Board of Supervisors denied a request by some residents of the unincorporated Rio Verde Foothills to form its own water district.
Aug. 31, 2022
a dry canal at caywood farms
Colorado River cuts will hit Pinal County farms the hardest. And Caywood Farms is no exception — even if its origins come from drought. Nancy Caywood’s grandfather started the farm when Casa Grande had new water from the Coolidge Dam.
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Aug. 29, 2022
Rio Verde Foothills residents
While Arizona is being asked to cut back when Colorado River restrictions go into effect next year, some residents of the state are in danger of being cut off completely from their water supplies. A small community north of Phoenix faces a crucial vote as soon as this week to determine its future source of water.
More Arizona water news
Aug. 27, 2022
mayer city sign
Residents in the city of Mayer near Prescott are being told to keep an adequate stock of drinking water on hand as monsoon storms are threatening its water supply.
Aug. 26, 2022
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The Bureau of Reclamation recently opened an Environmental Impact Statement on the Miner Flat Dam at Fort Apache to public comments.
Aug. 24, 2022
microchip
Arizona could see more chip manufacturing under the CHIPS Act. What would that mean for the state's water supplies?
Aug. 23, 2022
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The city of Las Vegas, New Mexico, earlier this year already endured the devastation of the state's largest fire in recorded history, caused by federal officials carrying out what was supposed to be a prescribed burn to lessen the wildfire danger.
Aug. 23, 2022
Gila River
Evacuations are underway in a southeastern Arizona town as floodwater topped the Gila River.
Aug. 22, 2022
Mark Kelly
Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly spoke with CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday about cuts to Colorado River water allotment in Arizona.
Aug. 21, 2022

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