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Every Feb. 2, it's time for the obligatory Groundhog Day story. Let's just not think about doing 2020 all over again. Or 2021. Or even 2022. Read more»

Divers assess the Wahweap boat launch ramp at Lake Powell in July 2021. when falling low lake levels pulled the water’s edge back from the end of the ramp. State and federal officials are scrambling to come up with plans to protect the river and its reservoirs, gripped in a historic drought.

Federal officials said they will consider a plan by Arizona and five other Colorado River basin states on how to further cut water consumption, even though the biggest user in the basin – California – has not signed off on it. Read more»

Smoky conditions, similar to the haze covering San Francisco, continued in the Midwest and on the East Coast in 2021, as the West Coast fires continued to burn.

Scientists are finding in an ongoing study that despite the haze from far-off blazes, enough indirect sunlight was available to fuel the nation’s burgeoning solar panel industry in 2020 - good news as the U.S. government is seeking to quickly ramp up solar energy production. Read more»

More than two thirds of the Colorado River begins as snow in Colorado, but warm temperatures and dry soil are steadily reducing the amount of snowmelt that makes its way into the river, which supplies water to 40 million people across the Southwest.

The West has been slammed by wet weather this winter: Good news for the Colorado River, where all that moisture hints at a possible springtime boost for the reservoirs that have been crippled by drought - but many more years of heavy snow are needed to make a serious dent. Read more»

It is estimated that there are more than 450,000 brownfields in the U.S, according to the EPA, and investing in the clean up of these sites both improves and protects the environment.

The San Carlos Apache Tribe is set to receive more than $166,000 in funding to help it address contaminated brownfield sites that threaten environmental and public health of the tribe. Read more»

The publicly-owned Salt River Project’s Coronado Generating Station -  set to shut down in the next decade - was one of six coal plants’ whose requests to keep dumping toxic ash into unlined or inadequately lined pits were denied. The Apache Generating Station was granted an extension.

The EPA denied the requests of six coal plants - including the Salt River Project’s Coronado Generating Station - to keep dumping toxic ash into unlined or inadequately lined pits, signaling the agency’s commitment to enforce the 2015 federal coal ash rules. Read more»

Paul Durham, a former member of the City Council and known for his integrity and environmental advocacy, died Wednesday in Tucson at 67. Read more»

TEP building in Downtown Tucson

Tucsonans will be able to vote on a new 25-year franchise agreement with Tucson Electric Power that could raise monthly utility rates by .75%. The Tucson City Council voted 7-0 on Tuesday to hold a special election in May for residents to decide on the agreement. Read more»

Data shows that the unusually wet winter has improved drought conditions in Arizona and other places in the Southwest.

Amid an unusually wet winter and after last summer's strong monsoon, Arizona may be better off than other Southwest states as it continues to battle a 23-year drought - but while the snowpack is high, the Southwest’s reservoirs remain lower than average. Read more»

Snow on Mt. Lemmon at the end of December

Temperatures will drop below 32 degrees across much of the Tucson region again Tuesday overnight, with a hard freeze warning in effect from 1-8 a.m. Tuesday for the metro area and parts of the Tohono O'odham Nation and Pinal County. Read more»

Snow on Mt. Lemmon at the end of December

Snow was falling across parts of the Tucson area Monday morning, with more flurries possible as temperatures drop below freezing overnight across much of the region. Read more»

Arizona recently entered a tier 2A shortage due to the dwindling of the Colorado River, with a 21% reduction in Colorado River allocation going into effect at the start of this year, about 9% of the state’s total water usage.

Arizona is ranked No. 3 among the states for water efficiency and sustainability, but still has a lot of room for improvement, according to an analysis by The Alliance for Water Efficiency that ranks each state on conservation, sustainability and affordability. Read more»

A look at the roadwork projects in the draft RTA plan would suggest Tucson is doing OK in the fight for projects.

Tucson looks like it's coming out OK in a draft RTA Next plan, with 24 of 37 projects slated for the region's urban core. Plus, Pima County dives into initial appearances and Buffalo Soldiers, and more in local government meetings this week. Read more»

Pima Animal Care Center will stay closed to the public through Monday as officials work to stem the contagious respiratory disease strep zoo. Two dogs were euthanized because of the infection, and several more have contracted it. Read more»

SRP and Clenera will begin construction on Arizona’s largest solar plant in 2023 northwest of Flagstaff. SRP has been working to expand solar, including at East Line Solar in Coolidge, shown here, which was initiated by SRP and is owned and operated by a subsidiary of AES.

Salt River Project has partnered with Clēnera, a private renewable energy company, to bring Arizona its largest solar plant on 2,400 acres of private land northwest of Flagstaff by 2024. Read more»

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