The chemical spill into Colorado’s Animas River has made its way downstream and is now affecting the Navajo Nation. The Navajo Farming Authority has shut off public water intakes and irrigation canals. And that leaves hundreds of Navajo farmers driving long distances to water their crops.
The Animas River is now open. It’s been more than a week since an EPA crew accidentally released toxic waste from an abandoned mine into the waterway. Downstream New Mexico and Navajo officials are holding off on opening the San Juan River.
The Navajo farming authority has shut down irrigation for the rest of the season because of its concerns over contamination.
The Navajo president has threatened to sue the EPA over the Colorado mine spill. Federal and tribal officials are setting up potable water stations and alerting communities to the contamination, as the toxic waste is making its way through the reservation.
The EPA unintentionally released about a million gallons of yellow sludge from a Colorado mine into the Animas River Thursday. Officials downstream blasted the agency for not initially taking the spill more seriously.
Universities across the Southwest are redesigning their campuses to make them more environmentally friendly. That includes one college transformation in West Texas that combines desert landscaping with Himalayan architecture.
City crews were cleaning up streets in parts of Nogales, Ariz., on Monday after monsoon rains caused the city’s main wash to flood.
Arizona is nation’s largest producer of solar energy per capita, in large part due to the state’s renewable energy mandate that forces utilities to buy solar and wind energy. But the state that leads the nation in wind power — Texas — is now flirting with the notion of eliminating its mandate, one that analysts say has paved the way for Texas to embrace wind power.
After years of record-breaking wildfires across the southwest, fire managers are finally catching their breath this season. A wetter-than-average spring is allowing them to focus on preventing mega-fires in the future.
This time of year long parades of tourists drive through the Hopi and Navajo Nations taking pictures of the painted desert, red sandstone buttes and desert wildflowers. What they often don’t see behind the rocks -- illegal dumpsites.