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'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»

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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»

Pascua Yaqui win water funds, first of $150M for Arizona projects

$900,000 from an Army Corps of Engineers fund dedicated to water infrastructure projects in Arizona will be used to bring water to the tribe’s lands for irrigation, the first fruits of a successful effort last year by members of the state’s congressional delegation to win $150 million in federal funding for water projects around the state.... Read more»

Tribe concerned about reclaimed water on Gila River land

In June, the Gila River Indian Community approved moving reclaimed water to an area that adjoins Pii Paash land, but the small tribe of about 1,000 remains worried that the water will seep onto its land and believes the environmental questions have not been answered.... Read more»