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Elias defends Clean Water Act in U.S. Senate hearing

Pima County Supervisor Richard Elias told federal lawmakers that a plan to limit the so-called Waters of the United States rule would end up eliminating clean-water protections for “rivers like the Santa Cruz, the Salt, the Gila.”... Read more»

Waste flowing into Nogales Wash raises concerns about water supply for both Mexico and U.S.

Failing wastewater pumps in Nogales, Son., have caused raw sewage to back up and empty into the Santa Cruz River watershed on the U.S. side of the border.... Read more»

Cross-border Nogales sewer needs $25 million in repairs

A transborder pipeline that brings millions of gallons of raw sewage from Mexico to the U.S. faces challenges on two fronts: The pipe is nearly 70 years old and increasingly prone to leaks; and heavy metals in the wastewater are causing problems at the Arizona plant where it’s treated.... Read more»

Santa Cruz River in jeopardy if int'l sewage pipe ruptures again, experts fear

Some residents of Santa Cruz County are warning that the pipeline carrying raw sewage from Mexico into the United States could rupture as it did during last year’s monsoon, when it spewed millions of gallons of waste into the Nogales Wash over seven days.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Ducey's water grab threatens the bulk of desert ecology

Arizona's watersheds don't look like the water courses of other states, but that doesn't mean they deserve any less protection. Ours may in fact need more, albeit different, safeguarding — streams don't have to be year-round flowing rivers to be vital to the state's environment and economy.... Read more»1

Water cooperation across U.S.-Mexico border essential, complex

Nogales, Arizona, and Nogales, Sonora, share something more meaningful than their city name. They also share a source of water that is vital to their region of the border.... Read more»

Swoon for monsoon at El Dia de San Juan Fiesta

After a brief teasing rain two weeks ago, Tucson's June heat has hit hard. But as the humidity also rises, there's relief in sight. And that means it's time to celebrate the monsoon at El Dia de San Juan Fiesta on Wednesday evening.... Read more»

No rain, but a flood of family fun for El Dia de San Juan

There was no rain, but the 17th year of El Dia de San Juan Fiesta did bring family fun to Tucson on Tuesday night at Mercado San Agustin. The fiesta began with a procession, including participants carrying a statue of St. John, which was brought to the stage and then blessed in hopes that rain will be plentiful this year.... Read more»

Bring on the rain at El Dia de San Juan Fiesta

The humidity is beginning to rise, and if you breath deeply you might just catch the scent of rain in the air. Yes, Tucson, it's almost time for the summer rains. And that means it's time to celebrate the monsoon at El Dia de San Juan Fiesta on Tuesday evening.... Read more»

Praying for rain: Dia de San Juan fiesta celebrates monsoon

Hundreds gathered Monday for the 16th annual El Dia de San Juan Fiesta in hopes of bringing the monsoon to the sweltering desert.... Read more»

New repair stations keep bikers moving on the Loop

New "Fixit" stations provide bikers on the Loop with tools for quick and easy bike adjustments, but one of the six stations has already been vandalized in the first week since they were set up.... Read more»

To the bat condo! New landing pads in Ina project

In warmer months, 30,000 bats sleep the day away under the bridge carrying Ina Road across the Santa Cruz River northwest of Tucson. As the sun sets, the bats emerge in droves from tiny gaps between the concrete slabs supporting the span, creating an aerial spectacle that draws crowds.... Read more»

Border-trash cleanup becoming tougher, riskier

With many of those crossing the border illegally shifting to remote areas in response to stepped-up enforcement, the trash they leave behind is becoming tougher – and riskier – to clean up, said a state agency director. A Rio Rico-area cleanup is set for next weekend.... Read more»2

Az growers prepare for pecan harvest

While millions of people are getting ready to enjoy pecan pies for Thanksgiving, Sahuarita farmer Richard Walden and his crews at Farmers Investment Co. are getting ready for the upcoming holiday by preparing for their annual pecan harvest.... Read more»

High court won't wade into Salt River ownership fight

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to consider an appeal in a 26-year battle over who holds title to the Lower Salt River, the state or private landowners.... Read more»

Mexican wastewater plant threatens Tumacacori oasis

A new wastewater treatment plant in Nogales, Son., will reduce the amount of water flowing north across the border, affecting a lush riparian area along the Santa Cruz River.... Read more»