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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»

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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»

San Pedro River, squeezed by growing population, is subject of 2 lawsuits

The San Pedro rivers is the subject of lawsuits filed by the Center for Biological Diversity, the Sierra Club and other conservation groups. Cronkite News looks at the health of the San Pedro, one of the few undammed rivers in the Southwest.... Read more»

Prescott’s bid to draw more groundwater could threaten Verde River

The Verde River, one of the few perennial rivers in Arizona, is known for its fishing and recreation, but it also provides water to Prescott and metro Phoenix. With a growing population and new housing developments coming to Prescott, this water faces increasing demand that could threaten the river itself.... Read more»

Killing the Colorado

California and EPA poised to expand pollution of potential drinking water reserves

A little-known program under federal environment law is being used to permit oil and gas companies to inject waste into the state’s aquifers, even as the thirst for groundwater grows. ... Read more»

Killing the Colorado

Trickle-down drought: Arizona dodges connection between ground & surface water

Despite decades of accepted science, California and Arizona are still counting and regulate groundwater and surface water as if they were entirely separate. Damage from the West’s increasing reliance on underground supplies is proliferating, with groundwater levels in some places being drawn down so quickly that the earth above them is collapsing.... Read more»1

Study: High arsenic levels in groundwater near fracking sites

A recently published study by researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington found elevated levels of arsenic and other heavy metals in groundwater near natural gas fracking sites in Texas’ Barnett Shale.... Read more»1

Focus on aquifers urged during push for water

As Texas lawmakers say farmers in the Rio Grande Valley are hurting because Mexico is not honoring a treaty on surface water delivery, experts caution that greater attention should be paid to water deep below the surface. ... Read more»

Agriculture, growth blamed for Az's groundwater depletion

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»