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Late push for Salton Sea improvements complicates Colorado River drought plan

Arizona lawmakers have agreed to the broad terms of a deal Gov. Doug Ducey helped negotiate but resource managers at California's largest lake remains are demanding $200 million before signing off on the deal... Read more»

Colorado River managers grapple with drought plans

Seven states along the Colorado River are back at the negotiating table to hammer out new deals to avoid a slow-moving crisis on the river system that supports 40 million people from Colorado to California.... Read more»

Tapped out? Developers argue there’s more water in Colorado River Basin

Despite exceptional drought conditions, some developers contend there still are places in the 246,000-square-mile Colorado River Basin to dam and divert water. Although some portions of the watershed are bracing for impending shortages, they say, other portions have surpluses.... Read more»

Killing the Colorado

The Az power plant fueling America's drought

Arizona's Navajo Generating Station, the West's largest power plant, is consuming 22,000 tons of coal and emitting 44,000 tons of carbon dioxide each day, in large part to deliver Arizona’s water. ... Read more»

Rogue Columnist

Colorado River and drought: Arizona's dam problem

Our current drought is the worst in a century (it is actually worse than that, but such is the record keeping), and less water will be sent downstream to Arizona, Nevada and California than at any time since when Lake Powell filled. The local-yokels say, it's no big deal. But they always say that. It is a big deal.... Read more»1

Page businesses cheer start of U.S. 89 repair

More than a year after a landslide closed the route, the Arizona Department of Transportation has begun work to reopen a key highway linking Page to the rest of Arizona. The goal is to have U.S. 89 ready for traffic before the summer tourist season. ... Read more»

Experts say climate change makes long-term wildfire outlook grim

Arizona saw some of the sharpest increases in average annual temperatures in the Southwest over the 20th century. The drier, hotter conditions not only affect water supplies but have led to conditions that make it more likely the region will experience more wildfires, according to a panel of climate experts.... Read more»

Day of reckoning for parched Southwest

When it comes to water in America, this truth is self-evident: We are guzzlers from sea to shining sea. Nowhere, though, are the effects of our thirst as visible and self-destructive as they are in the Southwest, the fastest-growing and driest region of the country, where just one long and lonely river, the Colorado, must slake the needs of seven states.... Read more»

Interior Sec. points to need to conserve Colorado River water

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell cited the Colorado River and Lake Mead as examples of the water conservation problems that she called one of the top issues facing her department.... Read more»

Court OKs Glen Canyon Dam water releases

A federal court panel said the government did not violate environmental law when it failed to subject annual plans for Glen Canyon Dam operations to a thorough environmental review. ... Read more»

Agriculture, growth blamed for Az's groundwater depletion

Arizona has depleted its groundwater over the past 70 years enough to fill Lake Powell nearly three times, according to the first federal study of the state’s groundwater since the 1980s.... Read more»