Hundreds of Navajo farmers lost their crops last season because a Colorado mine spill shut down the San Juan River. The federal government says the water’s ok. But the Navajo canal remains closed. And the question of whether to turn the water on has divided the community.
In the tiny community of Birdsprings, Arizona, there’s a Navajo mother who wants to bring her baby girl home. But she can’t. Her daughter is hooked up to a machine in Phoenix. She needs a small intestine transplant. But the doctors say she can’t have one because her family doesn’t have running water.
The federal government is cleaning up a long legacy of uranium mining on the Navajo Nation. Many Navajo people have died of kidney failure and cancer — conditions linked to uranium contamination. And new research from the CDC shows uranium in babies born today.
Nearly a dozen Texas cities, counties, hospital and school districts are facing the possibility of a bond credit downgrade in the coming months. That's because these local institutions rely on energy-related tax revenue, which has fallen precipitously. And the possibility of bond downgrades is a threat facing other energy-producing states in the southwest.
New Mexico's governor Susana Martinez announced on Monday that the state is ready to launch multiple infrastructure projects with funds from a $74 million dollar settlement with the Department of Energy.
Just in time for boating season, EPA officials said Thursday the Animas and San Juan Rivers are safe for recreation. That’s after the agency accidentally released 3 million gallons of mine waste last summer.
The Colorado River and other Western river levels are expected to drop as much as 27 percent during the 21st century. That’s according to a climate change report released on World Water Day (March 22) by the Interior Department.
The Flagstaff City Council decided they needed more time to settle a lawsuit with the Hopi Tribe over the use of reclaimed wastewater on a mountain the Hopi and a dozen other tribes consider sacred.
Now the public can find out if their drinking water is safe with the help of an app. The EPA has developed a new tool that maps U.S. watersheds online.
As the militant standoff over federal control comes to a head in Oregon, we turn our attention to another federal land dispute. This one in Arizona, where lawmakers have proposed a national monument on land surrounding Grand Canyon National Park. Ranchers are worried about losing their grazing rights.