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U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva during a press conference in April.

Rep. Raúl Grijalva asked the Justice Department to investigate a former Trump administration Cabinet member, saying he engaged in a quid-pro-quo relationship with a real estate developer, seeking campaign funds in exchange for a water permit needed for a massive housing project outside of Benson, Ariz. Read more»

The San Pedro River, which flows north into Arizona from Mexico, is threatened by what the American Rivers report calls groundwater pumping.

Two Arizona rivers landed on an annual list of the top 10 “most endangered” rivers in the U.S. this week, including the San Pedro River in southern Arizona and the drought-ravaged Colorado in the No. 1 spot. Read more» 1

Laiken Jordahl of the Center for Biological Diversity in Tucson visits wall construction sites every week or two to observe the work.

Conservationists expressed anger over the Supreme Court’s decision not to hear an appeal to stop construction of the border wall. But they’re moving ahead while monitoring construction as it chews through land marked by towering saguaros and habitat of the endangered jaguar. Read more»

The San Pedro River is at the center of two lawsuits filed by Arizona environmental groups in the hopes of better regulating groundwater pumping and livestock grazing.

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»

The San Pedro River is the only gap in a 40-mile stretch of border wall between Naco, Arizona, and the Huachuca Mountains to the west.

A U.S. Army base nestled at the foot of a southern Arizona mountain range is threatening a sensitive desert waterway sometimes called America’s most endangered river, two environmental groups said in a federal lawsuit Friday. Read more»

Critics of the Trump administration’s plan to repeal the Waters of the United States rule said that it will leave waters in much of the West unprotected by the Clean Water Act, pointing to smaller waterways like the San Pedro River as particularly vulnerable.

The EPA has narrowed the which watersheds are covered by the Clean Water Act. Environmentalists say that means trouble as business lauds the change. Read more»

Joseph Morgan: "As a candidate for House of Representatives in Congressional District 2, I rejoiced to see the recent announcement of Tucson-based Diamond Ventures Phase I development of their Rocking K Master-Planned Community in the foothills of the Rincons." Read more»

The San Pedro River, east of Tucson.

Arizona's watersheds don't look like the water courses of other states, but that doesn't mean they deserve any less protection. Ours may in fact need more, albeit different, safeguarding — streams don't have to be year-round flowing rivers to be vital to the state's environment and economy. Read more» 1

A hawk perches on the U.S.-Mexico border fence between San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area and Naco, Ariz.

They've clashed in the past over conflicting goals - border security and protecting the environment - but representatives of the Sierra Club and Customs and Border Protection recently made their first joint public presentation about working together. Security goals and environmental preservation can go hand in hand, they said. Read more»

The San Pedro River flowing north of the border, near Sierra Vista.

Let's talk water rights and water entitlement. Few cases better illustrate how the Legislature has looked out for the "little guy" over the last quarter-century. Water security is key to the future of Sierra Vista — not to mention Ft. Huachuca — but Tribute's developers see it as a just bump on their road to fortune. Read more» 1

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking comment on its preferred route for the proposed SunZia power transmission line, which would run from New Mexico to Arizona. A final decision on the line could come later this summer.

Environmental groups are expressing concerns about the preferred route for the SunZia Southwest Transmission Project, a proposed power line that would run from New Mexico to Southeastern Arizona. Read more»

A public meeting Tuesday will preview the replacement of the San Pedro River bridge between Bisbee/Tombstone and Sierra Vista. Construction is set to begin Oct. 1, and last through March 2014. Read more»

U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva said the San Pedro River, which is a major corridor for migrating birds, must be protected during the project.

Federal officials have unveiled draft plans for a proposed $1.5 billion power line linking central New Mexico with southeast Arizona across at least 460 miles of federal, state, local and privately owned lands. Read more»

Today on Buckmaster - We talk with TUSD's Mark Stegeman. Then, Sierra Vista Herald reporter Bill Hess on the latest San Pedro River water dispute. Read more»

A map of the wet and dry areas of the San Pedro River in 2010.

On Saturday, volunteers will walk lengths of the San Pedro River as part of an annual survey of the river, recording the distances on the streambed where water is present. Read more»

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