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Claytoonz: Vanishing Lake Mead is concrete evidence of climate change

A grandmother dying from heatstroke in August because she can’t afford air conditioning may not be as glamorous as goons shooting Bugsy Siegel in Beverly Hills, but it’s the death we should be talking about. We still don’t know who killed Bugsy or why, but we know what's killing grandma. Climate change.... Read more»

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States, feds weigh next steps amid 'profound concerns' over dam levels

Officials from the seven Colorado River basin states agreed Friday with a federal plan to sharply cut releases from Lake Powell, as both groups scramble to protect water supplies and power generation by propping up the lake’s level. ... Read more»

Guest opinion

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»

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

Report says drought may be worst in 1,200 years, little relief in sight

The megadrought that’s gripped Arizona and the Southwest since 2000 is the driest in more than 1,200 years, and it is likely to continue for the near future, and historic low water levels at Lake Mead and Lake Powell have triggered the state’s drought contingency plan.... 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»

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»

Legislation would let an Arizona tribe lease its Colorado River water allocation

A new proposal in Congress would let Arizona’s Colorado River Indian Tribes lease portions of their federal Colorado River allocations for the first time, a move the tribes said would benefit both the river and tribal economies.... Read more»

A future with little to no snow? What that means for the West

The West is on track for a future with little to no snow - if greenhouse gas emissions aren’t reduced, models show significant reductions in snowpack in the West’s mountains over the next 35 to 60 years - with far-reaching implications for ecosystems, agriculture and communities.... Read more»

Analysis

A better way to share Colorado River water as climate change parches Southwest

With users facing unprecedented water shortages, a new agreement to replace the century-old 1922 Colorado Compact that reflects 21st-century realities is the most productive way to fix three fundamental errors that now plague efforts to develop a new vision for the region.... Read more»

National Parks nominee pledges to ramp up workforce, improve staff morale

Charles F. Sams III, President Joe Biden’s choice to lead the National Park Service told a U.S. Senate panel Tuesday he would work to rebuild the agency’s workforce, which has shrunk even as park attendance hits new records.... 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»

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»

Avoiding water bankruptcy in drought-troubled Southwest: What U.S. and Iran can learn from each other

The Southwest is in an “anthropogenic drought” created by the combination of natural water variability, climate change and human activities - and more than 7,000 miles away, Iran is grappling with water problems that are similar to the U.S. Southwest’s but more severe.... Read more»

New estimates show Colorado River levels falling faster than expected

New projections from a Bureau of Reclamation report released Thursday show that Lake Mead and Lake Powell could reach “critically low reservoir elevations” sooner than expected, spurring experts to say that “bold actions” will be needed to change course. ... Read more»

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