Water

Rosemont Copper Mine site in the Santa Rita Mountains near Tucson
Per a court order this week, Canadian mining company Hudbay Minerals is allowed to continue work on a new copper mining project slated for a slope of the Santa Rita Mountains in southern Arizona.
May. 26, 2022
Sonora Governor Alfonso Durazo
The governor of neighboring Sonora, Mexico, says with water supplies for the state capital reaching crisis levels, desalination will be increasingly necessary to secure adequate water for human consumption, agriculture and industry.
May. 26, 2022
water faucet
Mesa recently declared itself to be in the first stage of a water shortage due to historic drought, climate change and overallocation of the Colorado River. But the city is not yet ordering residents to cut back on usage.
May. 25, 2022
Sonora Drought
Climate change is one key factor at play, but experts say poor water management policies are also central.
May. 24, 2022
Deb Haaland
A dam on the Fort Apache Reservation in Arizona will get a share of $29 million earmarked for safety repairs of aging dams as part of the federal infrastructure deal, the Department of the Interior announced Wednesday.
May. 19, 2022
Cochise County
A proposal apparently headed to the November ballot would have voters in rural southeastern Arizona decide whether to create a new regulatory district to manage groundwater use for agriculture in an area where aquifer levels have dropped in recent years.
May. 19, 2022
Rosemont Copper Mine site in the Santa Rita Mountains near Tucson
This month, a federal court upheld a previous order that blocked Hudbay Minerals from building an open-pit copper mine in the Santa Rita Mountains outside Tucson. But advocates say some construction is still moving forward on another slope of the mountain range.
May. 18, 2022
desalination equipment
Plans to build a new desalination plant in Southern California were rejected after more than 20 years of debate. The decision has implications for the future of the Colorado River.
May. 18, 2022
Sonora Drought
The state's system of nine reservoirs is sitting at below 19% of capacity, a figure not seen in mid-May in years.
May. 17, 2022
Kangirega Village
A 29% rise in the number and duration of droughts since the year 2000 has brought the world to “a crossroads.” So says a report by the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, which calls for urgent action, “using every tool we can.”
May. 12, 2022
Lake Mead
Lower levels at Lake Mead have sent water managers scrambling to assess Southwestern water and energy needs. But the falling reservoir is also revealing some surprises. Earlier this month, boaters at Lake Mead discovered a barrel with human remains.
May. 10, 2022
Echo Bay launch ramp at Lake Mead
The Park Service has already closed a number of ramps on Lake Mead and recently announced that it will close Echo Bay launch ramp starting Wednesday.
May. 9, 2022
Lake Powell
As the drought continues and climate change’s impact is felt even more deeply, dealing with Arizona’s water challenges has taken on a dramatic immediacy. And that will include conservation — possibly required conservation in the next couple of years.
May. 9, 2022
Quitobaquito a natural water source near the U.S.-Mexico border in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. It’s a sacred site and historic homestead to a southern Arizona tribe and it houses some of the state’s most endangered species. But the site is now in peril.
May. 6, 2022
river confluence
The Department of the Interior announced this week that nearly $10 million will be allocated for irrigation projects and power utilities owned by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
May. 6, 2022
a panel of four people and one host sits on stage
With the Colorado River at all-time lows and a record drought pressuring Arizona’s water supply, policy makers face a number of challenges. But a panel of experts came together Thursday night to discuss the issue — and indicated there may be reason for optimism.
More Arizona water news
May. 6, 2022
Lake Powell
On Tuesday, the Bureau of Reclamation announced two drought mitigation measures to ensure the water level at Lake Powell doesn’t dip below what’s required to generate electricity. It’s a significant move one tribe in Arizona hopes will push other water legislation forward.
May. 5, 2022
Lake Powell
The ongoing drought appears to be a serious concern among Arizona voters. A new poll by Morning Consult, sponsored by the Walton Family Foundation, shows a large majority of Arizonans want to see lawmakers take action to address the state’s water issues.
May. 4, 2022
downtown tucson
The city of Tucson wants some funding from the bipartisan infrastructure package passed by Congress to go toward cleaning up groundwater contaminants.
May. 4, 2022
Glen Canyon Dam
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has announced new steps to increase the water level of Lake Powell.
May. 4, 2022

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