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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»

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Colorado, San Pedro make annual list of 'most endangered' U.S. rivers

Two Arizona rivers landed on an annual list of the top 10 “most endangered” rivers in the U.S. this week, including the San Pedro River in southern Arizona and the drought-ravaged Colorado in the No. 1 spot. ... Read more»1

Two Arizona tribe leaders make case for critically needed water projects

Leaders of two Arizona tribes asked Washington lawmakers Wednesday to support funding for development of critical water infrastructure and to OK a bill that would let tribal water be sold to others in the drought-stricken state. ... 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

Climate data reveals a hotter, drier Arizona, with more extremes possible

The latest summary of climate data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association predicts Arizona’s climate will continue to warm, leading to rising temperatures, more intense wildfires, and ongoing drought.... 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»

Tribal leaders voice concerns about water, voting, COVID-19 to Arizona lawmakers

Tribal leaders from across Arizona talked with legislative leaders during their visit to the Capitol about the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, voting rights, and infrastructure as part of the 27th Annual Indian Nations and Tribes Legislative Day. ... 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»

Mitigación de virus del Nilo deja el Condado de Yuma, reservación Cocopah libre de la enfermedad

Con el saludable monzón de Arizona y una explosión de casos de virus del Nilo Occidental transmitidos por mosquitos, el Condado de Yuma se ha asociado con la tribu indígena Cocopah al sur de Yuma para crear un escudo eficaz contra la enfermedad.... 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»

'Climate change is fundamentally altering the Colorado River': States, tribes grapple with drought

States in the Colorado River Basin are adjusting to the reality that their rights outstrip the available water by nearly one-third, state and tribal leaders told a congressional panel Friday, emphasizing how serious the situation is but offering few solutions.... Read more»

West Nile mitigation keeps Yuma County, Cocopah reservation free of virus

With Arizona’s healthy monsoon and an explosion of mosquito-borne West Nile virus cases, Yuma County has partnered with the Cocopah Indian Tribe south of Yuma to create an effective shield against the disease.... Read more»

Colorado River drought conditions spur calls for better water infrastructure

Experts in government, agriculture, water management and the environment stressed during a U.S. Senate hearing on Wednesday the danger that droughts fueled by climate change pose in the West, including the Colorado River Basin. ... Read more»

Study: Resolution Copper mine will use 250 billion gallons of water as drought ravages Arizona

As Arizona enters what is likely to be its third decade of unprecedented drought, the proposed Resolution Copper mine just east of Superior at the site of Oak Flat will use 250 billion gallons of water, according to a water study released by the San Carlos Apache Tribe.... Read more»

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