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washing hands with water
Last week, Gov. Katie Hobbs vetoed a bill that would have forced Scottsdale to resume selling water to the unincorporated community of the Rio Verde Foothills. In her veto letter, she told lawmakers to instead send her another bill: HB 2561, sponsored by Republican Rep. Alexander Kolodin.
May. 31, 2023
Desalination Yuma Desalting Plant
Before he left office, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey called for aggressive investment in water augmentation projects such as desalination, and the state committed a billion dollars in funding over three years toward that goal. But Arizona’s new budget will scale back those efforts.
May. 29, 2023
Proposed Interstate 11 corridor
A new report claims that construction of Interstate 11 from Nogales to Kingman would put a strain on Arizona’s water supply.
May. 29, 2023
Coconino County Supervisor Patrice Horstman (from left), U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman, U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly and Coconino County Supervisor Jeronimo Vasquez.
County and federal officials say they’ve prepared regions of Coconino County that were hammered by flooding last year. And they’re relying on millions of dollars from the U.S. government to help.
More news from the Fronteras Desk
May. 25, 2023
Stephen Roe Lewis
Lower Basin states recently announced a short-term agreement that will keep water in the Colorado River’s reservoirs. Gov. Katie Hobbs, Arizona water managers and Gila River Indian Community Gov. Stephen Roe Lewis recently talked about the accord at a press conference.
May. 25, 2023
24th Street Water Treatment Plant in Phoenix
For more on the historic deal between Arizona, Nevada and California, regarding the Colorado River, The Show spoke with Cynthia Campbell, Water Resources Management Advisor for the City of Phoenix.
May. 25, 2023
tucson's skyline from the Tucson Mountain Park
The city of Tucson will take less Colorado River water in a new deal forged between municipal leaders and the Bureau of Reclamation.
May. 24, 2023
Jennifer Granholm
In a visit to Arizona this week, U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm announced several grants to fund projects benefiting Indigenous communities.
May. 23, 2023
Hopi Tribe
The Hopi Tribe is receiving $48 million for water infrastructure repairs and improvements. Some of the funding will go toward increasing access to water not contaminated with arsenic.
May. 23, 2023
downtown tucson
Arizona, Nevada and California have struck a deal to take less water from the Colorado River in lieu of having mandatory cutbacks imposed by the federal government.
May. 22, 2023
drop from a water faucet
Gov. Katie Hobbs on Monday vetoed a bill that would have required the city of Scottsdale to resume water sales to Rio Verde Foothills. Hundreds of homes in the unincorporated community have been without a reliable water source since January, when Scottsdale cut their supply due to drought restrictions.
May. 22, 2023
Colorado River winds through Horseshoe Bend
The Show spoke with Luke Runyon, who covers the Colorado River for KUNC in Colorado about what the future of the Colorado River means for all of us who live in these states.
May. 22, 2023
Welcome to Scottsdale marker sign
The city of Scottsdale wants Gov. Katie Hobbs to veto a bill that would require the city to once again provide water to the nearby community of Rio Verde Foothills.
May. 18, 2023
Contaminants pose threats to Arizona's increasingly precious supply of drinking water. Treatment plants can catch and remove a lot of those contaminants. But how strong is that safety net — and the regulations that knit it together?
More Arizona water news
May. 16, 2023
The U.S. Capitol
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are part of a proposal to boost drought response in Arizona. Sen. Mark Kelly chaired a congressional subcommittee hearing this week to discuss bringing the Corps on board to build projects related to drought and groundwater management.
May. 16, 2023
a Dynamite Water tanker
Hundreds of homes in Rio Verde Foothills have been without a reliable source of water since Scottsdale ended water sales to the community in January. Now, a bill headed to the governor's desk could force Scottsdale to turn the taps back on.
May. 16, 2023
Yolanda Herrera
This year, the EPA proposed formal limits on certain types of PFAS, a group of human-made chemicals that have been linked to cancer and other health issues. The chemicals have been found in groundwater in places across the U.S., including Tucson. But the city is no stranger to water contamination — or the effort to confront it.
More Arizona water news
May. 16, 2023
Policy makers are continually grappling with the challenge of a smaller share of the Colorado River to supply a rapidly growing population. But as quantity becomes a bigger concern, so too does quality — and the threats posed by pollutants.
More Arizona water news
May. 15, 2023
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
sprinklers
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

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