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Pima County supervisors worried about Tucson's RTA stance

Pima County supervisors said that they're "concerned" about the city of Tucson's threat to leave the Regional Transportation Authority if "serious commitments" to change its governing structure aren't made. Some county leaders think its part of a larger trend in the city-county relationship. ... Read more»

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Tucson ready to opt out of RTA Next unless 'unfair, inequitable' system changes

The city of Tucson is prepared to walk away from a renewal of the Regional Transportation Authority, a major funding source for road improvements throughout Pima County, if its partners in the agreement don’t make serious compromises.... Read more»

Volunteers fight trash in Tucson's washes, Santa Cruz River

This summer, Tucson's third-heaviest monsoon ever brought water to normally dry washes, and with it came a steady stream of trash — foam cups, plastic bags, cigarette butts, old toys, and phone chargers. But a group of volunteers is dedicated to cleaning up the thousands of pounds of waste that move through these waterways. ... Read more»

Pima County sues over Tucson Water rate shifts

Pima County filed a suit against Tucson's city water utility Friday, alleging that an increase in rates for some customers who live outside the city limits can't be implemented as Tucson officials plan.... Read more»

Career conservationist Kevin Dahl takes office as Tucson's new Ward 3 councilman

Environmental activist Kevin Dahl was sworn into office Monday, representing Ward 3 on the Tucson City Council. The Democrat hopes to confront big problems like climate change and affordable housing by acting locally his ward's Northwest Side neighborhoods. ... Read more»

39 Tucson city workers being fired for not complying with COVID shot mandate

The city of Tucson has started the process of firing 11 permanent employees who failed to get their COVID-19 shots before a Dec. 1 deadline. Another 28 temporary workers will also no longer eligible to be on the city payroll. But officials said almost 100 percent of staffers were in compliance with the mandate.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Tucson's water rate plan is good policy, undercut by sniping with Pima County

Using water rates as a growth management tool is smart policy, but Tucson and Pima County need to do a better job of communicating to head off pointless legal and political battles that serve no one (but the lawyers).... Read more»

Pima County set to sue city of Tucson over water rates

Pima County is moving ahead with a lawsuit against Tucson over an increase in water rates for customers who live outside the city limits, following a 3-2 vote by the Board of Supervisors.... Read more»1

Large plume of smoke over Tucson caused by controlled burn in Sweetwater Wetlands

Tucson residents may have seen smoke rising from the Sweetwater Wetlands early Wednesday as Tucson Water and the Tucson Fire Department performed a controlled burn of 17 acres in the area. ... Read more»

Tensiones entre Pima y Tucson surgen por la tarifa de agua

La relación entre la ciudad de Tucson y el Condado Pima está tenso ahora que el Condado está preparando su respuesta a la ciudad por su aumento de la tarifa de agua por áreas del condado no incorporadas. ... Read more»

Pima, Tucson tensions surface as county plans response to city's water rate hike

The relationship between the city of Tucson and Pima County has moved towards an “all-time low,” officials of both governments said, with the issue of differential water rates likely to bring the conflict into court.... Read more»1

Guest opinion

Cunningham: Tier 1 water shortage for CAP means Tucson needs to prepare

For years, the alarm has been sounding about water levels in Lake Mead. Well, the water level is now low enough to trigger a Tier 1 shortage. Tucson has developed a great conservation ethic. Still, we need to get ready for some tough times to come and there is more that needs to be done. — City Councilman Paul Cunningham... Read more»

Pima County asks Tucson Water to limit chemicals in water pumped to Santa Cruz

Pima County has asked Tucson Water to treat new discharges into the Santa Cruz River for PFAS, a chemical linked to cancer risks, after the city utility announced plans to pump millions of gallons of water from the Tucson Airport Remediation Project.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Schaller: Arizona's coming water shortage: Getting the story right

Pending cutbacks mean Arizona will lose fully one-third of our annual allocation of Colorado River water — with even more punitive cuts pending. As Lake Mead’s dire water level begins to capture public attention, a complex situation grows more challenging to understand even on a good day.... Read more»

Monsoon floods rejuvenate Santa Cruz River ecosystem

Early last week, a large flood hit the Santa Cruz River after heavy monsoon rains, providing a much-needed boost for the river's biodiversity and the aquifer lying beneath. ... Read more»

City's hike of some Tucson Water rates raises tensions with Pima County

Pima County officials said they may sue after the Tucson City Council voted to raise rates on users outside municipal limits. Friction over water has led to a renewal of a war of words, as politicians air long-standing grievances, including claims that stances are "greedy" and "borderline criminal."... Read more»2

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