Water for the future: A conversation about water in Arizona

KJZZ's Mark Brodie and a panel of experts discussed the future of water in Arizona on May 5, 2022.

Rep. Morgan Abraham, Democrat, Arizona House of Representatives
Rep. Regina Cobb, Republican, the Arizona House of Representatives
Dave Roberts, chief water resources executive, Salt River Project 
Kathryn Sorensen, director of research, Kyl Center for Water Policy at Morrison Institute

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Arizona water news

Fort Apache Reservation dam to get repairs from infrastructure deal
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.
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Petitions submitted for new groundwater management district
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.
Rosemont Copper Mine is blocked by court order, but advocates are wary
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.
California rejects $1.4 billion water desalination plant
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.
Experts: Sonora’s reservoir system at ‘crisis’ levels of storage
The state's system of nine reservoirs is sitting at below 19% of capacity, a figure not seen in mid-May in years.
UN drought report: Serious action needed to avoid bleak future
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.”
Human remains surface as Lake Mead levels fall
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.
Another boat launch is closing 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.
Phil Boas: Arizona is facing a critical moment for its water supply
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.
In southern Arizonas Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, a race to save a tiny desert oasis
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.