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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»

Cattle damage to Arizona’s Verde River spurs legal action

It’s a tale of two rivers: The Verde, which flows south from near Flagstaff to metro Phoenix, and the San Pedro, which begins in Mexico and flows north to Winkelman.... Read more»

Man vs. mussel: Buckeye mayor testifies on threat from invasive species

Buckeye Mayor Jackie A. Meck said drinking water is scarce enough for cities in the West – they don’t need to be competing with invasive species for it, too. ... Read more»

Elias defends Clean Water Act in U.S. Senate hearing

Pima County Supervisor Richard Elias told federal lawmakers that a plan to limit the so-called Waters of the United States rule would end up eliminating clean-water protections for “rivers like the Santa Cruz, the Salt, the Gila.”... Read more»

Yuma mural highlights endangered pronghorn and marsh bird unique to the Southwest

The fastest land mammal in North America and a large-footed marsh bird in the Southwest have been listed as endangered for more than half a century and artists in Yuma want to let people know how their existence is threatened.... Read more»

Appeals court upholds tribes’ claim in dispute over Gila River water

A federal appeals court Tuesday agreed with two tribes who challenged a Freeport Minerals plan to divert water from the Gila River, saying the company had failed to show that its proposal would not affect the tribes.... Read more»1

Tribes, Grijalva lead move to conserve Gila River land

Native American tribal leaders, archaeologists and Congressman Raúl Grijalva are seeking to designate more than 84,000 acres curving along the Gila River as a national monument.... Read more»

Enviros work to restore native plants along Gila River

Word that a beetle introduced elsewhere to kill off tamarisks is heading toward Graham County isn't entirely good news, even though the invasive trees are a big problem... Read more»

Feds, White Mountain Apaches sign 'historic' water-rights deal

The federal government and White Mountain Apache tribe signed a “historic” water-rights agreement Tuesday that the two sides said will guarantee water for the tribe and benefit Phoenix water users as well.... Read more»

Az marks 150th anniversary of Battle of Picacho Peak

Now it's a place for hiking or to stop at Dairy Queen but 150 years ago Sunday, it was the site of a small but violent engagement between Union and Confederate troops.... Read more»1

Rural residents criticize cuts to state water grant program

Lack of funding for staffing is threatening the Arizona Water Protection Fund, which provides grants to landowners to protect against flooding damage from the Gila River.... Read more»

Census: Few among Az’s tribes claim to be multiracial

The number of American Indians who claimed to be multiracial jumped sharply over the last decade, but not so much in Arizona, the Census Bureau reported Wednesday.... Read more»

Thousands among Az tribes to benefit from $3.4B settlement

As many as 30,000 Native Americans from seven Arizona tribes stand to benefit from the final settlement this week of a years-long, $3.4 billion lawsuit against the U.S. government.... Read more»

Feds propose listing two fish species as endangered

Federal authorities plan to designate nearly 800 miles of critical habitat for two threatened fish species in the Southwest, and change the status of the fish – the spikedace and loach minnow – from "threatened" to "endangered."... Read more»

Center for Biological Diversity

Wildlife group, utility at odds over rare loach minnow

A tiny fish and a utility company’s plan to repair a natural gas pipeline along an eastern Arizona river have the Center for Biological Diversity tangling with federal regulators.... Read more»