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Arizona has depleted its groundwater over the past 70 years enough to fill Lake Powell nearly three times, according to the first federal study of the state’s groundwater since the 1980s. Read more»

In addition to Santa Fe Dam and three other dams around Williams, 11 other dams out of more than 200 regulated by the Arizona Department of Water Resources lack emergency-action plans.

Some Arizona dams considered to pose high or significant risk to people, property or the environment don't have updated emergency action plans on file, as required by law. Read more»

Greg Peterson standing by one of his three rainwater harvesting systems. Peterson is a local conservation advocate and founder of Urban Farm.

The process of collecting rainwater is nothing new; people have done it for generations. But if one lawmaker has his way, harvested rainwater may eventually be recognized and regulated as an official water source. Read more»

Supporters of Proposition 110 say land swaps preserving open space can help Arizona retain military facilities such as Fort Huachuca in Sierra Vista. The ballot measure would allow the state to swap trust land in the interest of preserving bases and conservation and would subject such deals to public scrutiny and a statewide vote.

Supporters say a ballot proposition designed to make it easier to swap rather than sell or lease state trust land would help facilitate agreements that preserve military installations. Read more»