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Feds to take water from Wyoming to bolster Lake Powell

In a sign of how dire drought conditions have become in the American West, the Bureau of Reclamation will keep water in Lake Powell and add more water from the Flaming Gorge Reservoir upstream to stave off dropping water levels.... Read more»

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U.S. Interior secretary to promote big spending jump for tribal, climate programs

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland will ask a U.S. House spending panel to increase funding for the department's tribal programs and climate resilience efforts, according to written testimony released ahead of a hearing scheduled for Thursday.... Read more»

Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project projected to serve thousands of Arizona Native Americans

The Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project, which is more than a decade old but isn’t expected to be finished until 2029, plans to divert more than 37,000 acre feet of water from the San Juan Basin to help provide clean water to 250,000 Native Americans.... Read more»

New irrigation technology could save water for Arizona farms

The Central Arizona Project, which delivers Colorado River water to more than 80% of Arizona’s growing population, is taking a three-pronged approach to the megadrought that has resulted in the first water cutbacks to Arizona farmers. ... Read more»

At the Colorado River conference, 'It’s really no longer a drill'

At the annual Colorado River Water Users Association conference, water managers signed landmark agreements on conservation measures to try to steer the water users toward sustainability - but growing uncertainty about the future - loomed large, leaving experts uneasy.... Read more»

Infrastructure bill means big things for Arizona's Indian Country

Infrastructure issues have plagued tribal communities for decades, and with federal funding finally coming into Indian Country from the the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, many Arizona tribal leaders are looking forward to what that means for their communities.... Read more»

Analysis

A better way to share Colorado River water as climate change parches Southwest

With users facing unprecedented water shortages, a new agreement to replace the century-old 1922 Colorado Compact that reflects 21st-century realities is the most productive way to fix three fundamental errors that now plague efforts to develop a new vision for the region.... Read more»

Fifth-generation Pinal County farmer struggles to grow crops with less water

Obtaining water has been a constant source of worry for farmers in Pinal County, and with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced a Tier 1 shortage on the Colorado River in August, farmers will receive one-third of the water supply that would normally be available.... Read more»

Harris tours Lake Mead, touts Biden agenda on infrastructure, climate change

Vice President Kamala Harris took a short tour Monday of Lake Mead - which has reached historic low water levels thanks to relentless drought and rising temperatures - and used the opportunity to pitch the Biden administration’s infrastructure and climate plans.... Read more»

Feds confirm Colorado River shortage, water allocation cuts coming in 2022

Arizona, Nevada and Mexico will get less Colorado River water next year after the Bureau of Reclamation on Monday released a key monthly report that determines river water allocations for the coming year. ... Read more»

Tribal influence over Arizona water growing

Because of the confluence of relatively recent water rights settlements and a looming shortage of Colorado River water, Native American tribes like the Tohono O’odham Nation and Gila River Indian Community will have growing influence in the water market. ... Read more»

Colorado River shortage to hit Central Arizona farmers hardest

Seven states from Utah to California share the Colorado River’s roughly 15 million acre-feet of water annually, but in the 100 years since the states agreed how to share the water, it has become clear that the river is over-allocated. ... Read more»

Guest opinion

Schaller: Arizona's coming water shortage: Getting the story right

Pending cutbacks mean Arizona will lose fully one-third of our annual allocation of Colorado River water — with even more punitive cuts pending. As Lake Mead’s dire water level begins to capture public attention, a complex situation grows more challenging to understand even on a good day.... Read more»

Colorado River shortage expected to hit Arizona farms first

With Arizona farmers expecting to take hit next year on their allocation of Colorado River water, water planners, managers, and researchers statewide are keeping a close eye on models that show the shortage could hit cities and towns in the next few years.... Read more»

Analysis

Drought-stricken western U.S. headed for water crisis as another dangerous fire season looms

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told reporters that federal fire officials had warned to prepare for an extremely active fire year with several types of drought converging in the West this year, and "wildland fires now extend throughout the entire year, burning hotter and growing more catastrophic in drier conditions due to climate change."... Read more»

Arizona readies for cuts in Colorado River water allocation

Leaders from Reclamation, the Arizona Department of Water Resources and the Central Arizona Project, which delivers much of the state’s share of the river to more than half its residents, offered a glimpse Thursday of where Arizona stands with the shortage looming.... Read more»

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