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Cunningham: Building Interstate 11 through Avra Valley not a sensible option

Building I-11 through Avra Valley would mean more costly suburban sprawl far away from where existing jobs and services are, along with environmental disruption, disturbing a wildlife corridor and the rural lifestyle of residents, and potential contamination of Tucson's water supply.... Read more»

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Schaller: We're still in the dark as western water framework unravels

As Arizona’s Colorado River crisis becomes more intractable, I wonder what it will take for some honest information on the extent of water shortage we’re facing. It would be nice to have a community conversation before the next tier of rationing hits.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Tucson's 10-year climate change agenda will spend 3 years just coming up with a plan

The good news is Tucson has committed to carbon neutrality by 2030. The bad news is that they are spending the first three years of a decade-long agenda just coming up with a plan, with pretty limited action in the meantime.... Read more»1

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»

The Tucson agenda

Fun with meetings: Tucson City Council takes up 'casitas,' Pima Supes select lawmakers & more

The Tucson Agenda: The Sentinel's roundup of upcoming local government meetings shows the City Council, Pima County Board of Supervisors, Marana Town Council and Amphitheater Public Schools are covering issues you should know about.... 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»

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Cunningham: Tier 1 water shortage for CAP means Tucson needs to prepare

For years, the alarm has been sounding about water levels in Lake Mead. Well, the water level is now low enough to trigger a Tier 1 shortage. Tucson has developed a great conservation ethic. Still, we need to get ready for some tough times to come and there is more that needs to be done. — City Councilman Paul Cunningham... 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»

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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»

Rapid growth in Arizona’s suburbs bets against uncertain water supply

Hundreds of thousands of people have moved to the Phoenix area in recent years looking for affordable homes and sunshine, and home sales have increased by nearly 12 percent in 2020 due to the pandemic, but there's just one problem: The region doesn’t appear to have enough water for all the growth.... Read more»

Arizona’s current historic drought may be 'baseline for the future'

Arizona and other Western states just lived through the driest year in more than a century, with no drought relief in sight in the near future, experts told a House panel Tuesday. ... 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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