Water

auction gavel and sold cards
The Show spoke with Billy Ferguson, a Ph.D. student in economics at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, about a paper he wrote with his advisor that suggests water could be auctioned off in a manner similar to a radio spectrum auction.
Feb. 6, 2024
Woman speaks at podium in front of group and Capitol
Arizona water officials may create a new groundwater management area. But Republicans and rural stakeholders say it’s the governor's way of double-crossing them.
Jan. 31, 2024
wastewater plant
The Show spoke with Dr. Reshma Neupane, food and water borne program manager at the Arizona Department of Health Services, about how they are trying to make sure that as a virus like COVID-19 continues to mutate and evolve, their equipment and technology are able to keep up with it.
Jan. 31, 2024
A new pilot program in Phoenix is increasing public access to chilled water. The city recently installed two fountain prototypes downtown.
Jan. 30, 2024
The 84-year-old former Hopi Tribal Council chairman Vernon Masayesva sat before a crowd of hundreds at Wesley Bolin Plaza to “plant a seed in your hearts” on Thursday.
Jan. 26, 2024
Kyle Mitchell told a story to hundreds of activists and state lawmakers on Thursday at Wesley Bolin Plaza in Phoenix.
Jan. 26, 2024
Sonoran Solar
Republican Sen. Sonny Borrelli helped draft the bill that passed on a 3-2 party line vote. Residents with solar panels on their homes would not be taxed.
Jan. 26, 2024
Irrigation water
The Arizona Department of Water Resources is considering establishing a new groundwater management area for the first time since 1980.
Jan. 24, 2024
Welcome to Mesa Arizona sign
This summer, the city of Mesa will start pulling up five acres of non-functional turf across 50 of its parks and basins. The project is expected to save the more than 5 million gallons of water each year.
Jan. 23, 2024
sandbags
Nationally, only a few percent of homeowners bother getting flood insurance policies. Federal emergency officials say most counties are now prone to some sort of flood risk and want to increase coverage around the country.
Jan. 23, 2024
Chuck Podolak and Katie Hobbs
The Show spoke with Chuck Podolak, director for the Water Infrastructure Finance Authority, about why his agency is unhappy with Gov. Katie Hobbs' budget proposal.
Jan. 23, 2024
Greenway Water Treatment Plant
Peoria has launched a campaign to raise public awareness about water services. The new campaign includes monthly videos on the city’s YouTube channel highlighting water services, safety and conservation.
Jan. 17, 2024
housing construction
Gov. Katie Hobbs announced last June that the state would no longer approve some development projects in areas where groundwater is the only source. But in her State of the State address earlier this month, Hobbs proposed a new pathway for groundwater-reliant communities to continue growing.
Jan. 17, 2024
Lake Mead
An agency tasked with adding to Arizona’s imperiled water supply could be left with only half of the $1 billion former Gov. Doug Ducey and state lawmakers promised two years ago.
Jan. 16, 2024
Douglas city limits
A Republican lawmaker wants to make sure that nothing changes for water users in the Douglas basin, where residents recently voted to protect and manage groundwater. But some lawmakers expressed concern that GOP proposals go against the protections voters approved.
Jan. 10, 2024
The Klamath River flows through Oregon and Northern California.
The Show spoke with Debra Utacia Krol from the Arizona Republic about her reporting on tribal concerns about dams along the Klamath River in Northern California.
Jan. 10, 2024
Wide shot of woman at podium surrounded by audience
Arizona Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs’ has her own plans to overhaul rural groundwater regulation that she teased in her State of the State address Monday. But Hobbs will have to get those plans past Rep. Gail Griffin (R-Hereford), who has a history of blocking regulation in rural communities.
Jan. 9, 2024
Crowd for a speech
The Show spoke with Wayne Schutsky from KJZZ’s Politics Desk about Gov. Katie Hobbs' second State of the State address.
Jan. 9, 2024
Gilbert water tower
The proposal would more than double that monthly water bill by 2026, starting with an initial monthly increase of $17. Many residential customers would also see their monthly rate for solid waste and recycling services go up by about $8.
Jan. 5, 2024
Skiers cruise down the slopes at Arapahoe Basin ski area in Colorado on Nov. 13, 2023.
The Show spoke with Alex Hager, who covers the Colorado River basin for KUNC, about how a "snow drought" is affecting the Colorado River.
Jan. 4, 2024

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