Arizona's water future

KJZZ News convened an expert panel exploring the current state and future of Arizona's groundwater. Groundwater makes up a significant share of Arizona’s water supply. And it has taken on even greater importance as the state’s allotment of the Colorado River has been reduced. This discussion is part of KJZZ's "Every Last Drop" series, tackling big questions about Arizona's water future.

Arizona water news

Panelists highlight disparities between Arizona's urban, rural groundwater management

Record drought throughout the Southwest has taken a toll on the Colorado River, and put greater emphasis on other water supplies. KJZZ News hosted a panel discussion in Tempe on Arizona’s groundwater situation.
Santa Cruz River named 4th-most endangered river in U.S.
The nonprofit group American Rivers has released its annual list of the country’s 10 most endangered rivers, and Arizona’s Santa Cruz River ranks fourth.
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Damage at Glen Canyon Dam has Colorado River users concerned
Newly discovered damage to part of the dam holding back America's second-largest reservoir has the 40 million people who rely on the Colorado River worried about their ability to get the water they need.
On the Road: Ancient farmers dug canals that shaped Phoenixs modern water system
This week, KJZZ is teaming up with other public radio stations for a series of stories highlighting the state's historic land markers. One of those, at the Park of the Canals in Mesa, is dedicated to prehistoric irrigation in the Salt River Valley.
Water officials to hold meetings on possible changes to AZs supply rule
Before a developer can record plats of land or sell parcels in certain areas, they must show Arizona real estate officials that the water supply is assured for 100 years. The state Department of Water Resources says it's holding a series of informal meetings on a possible new way to satisfy the requirement.
EPA sets new drinking water standards to reduce forever chemical PFAS
The EPA announced the first mandatory limits on forever chemicals in the nation’s drinking water Wednesday and is distributing $1 billion to help local governments meet the new standards.
The Colorado River loses more than 19M acre-feet of water annually, but where does it go?
According to a recently published study by researchers from Northern Arizona University, the Colorado River loses more than 19 million acre-feet of water to cities, farms and evaporation every year. That’s roughly the same amount of water used by the 50 largest cities in the country.
Bureau of Reclamation announces $320M to fund tribal water projects
These new federal funds, made available through the Inflation Reduction Act, are solely eligible for tribes residing in the 17 western states served by Reclamation.
The Colorado River continues to shrink. Heres where the water is going
Stakeholders across the Southwest are working to figure out how to use less water on the Colorado River as it continues to shrink. Now, a new study is shedding light on just where much of that shrinking water supply is going: hay.
Sinking cities: How land subsidence is affecting Arizona
Coastal cities around the world are contending with rising sea levels and sinking due to land subsidence. We're not on the ocean, but Arizona is sinking, too — due to excessive groundwater pumping.
The Colorado River rarely reaches the sea. Heres why
For most of its 6 million-year existence, the Colorado River ran from the Continental Divide, high in the Rocky Mountains, downward and west, through forest and red rock, to a lush delta at the northernmost tip of the Gulf of California. Its winding descent carved, among other wonders, what people now call the Grand Canyon.