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Biden to pause new oil and gas leases on public lands in sweeping climate order

President Joe Biden is set to sign a host of executive orders on climate that will put a hold on new oil and gas leases on federal property, place environmental justice in the center of climate reform and set goals of conserving nearly a third of the nation’s land and water.... Read more»

Analysis

In last-minute rule change, Trump administration rolls back water-saving standards for showerheads

President Trump has turned efficiency standards into symbols of intrusive government. His latest target: showerheads.... Read more»

‘Borrowing from the future’: What an emerging megadrought means for the Southwest

A new report in the journal Science found the period from 2000 through 2018 to be the driest 19-year span since the late 1500s, and the second driest since 800. In simpler terms, it’s an emerging megadrought, which is a drought that typically lasts decades.... 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»

Federal legislation targets Mexico over water treaty

A growing list of federal U.S. lawmakers is urging Mexico to comply with the terms of a 1944 water treaty they say its southern neighbor is violating.... Read more»

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»

Border news roundup

Immigration bill released amid security, economic concerns

The Gang of Eight debuted their immigration reform bill; New York dairy farmers, religious leaders and tech industry leaders including Mark Zuckerberg weighed in on the debate; Mexico faces law enforcement challenges and business opportunities.... Read more»

Demands on Colorado again make it nation’s most-endangered river

A new ranking lists the Colorado River as the most-endangered river in the country, as increased demands on its water supply have put the river “at a breaking point.”... Read more»

Rural residents criticize cuts to state water grant program

Lack of funding for staffing is threatening the Arizona Water Protection Fund, which provides grants to landowners to protect against flooding damage from the Gila River.... Read more»