Arizona Sustainability News

Jaguar Sighting Near Arizona-Sonora Border Brings Hope
Researchers have captured new footage of a jaguar just a few miles south of the border in neighboring Sonora, Mexico. Conservationists say that could be a sign that the species’ breeding range may be extending north.
March 26, 2021
Moab May Be Running Out Of Water
Recent studies found there’s likely less water in Moab’s aquifer than previously thought. Now, the tightening water supply has led to a reckoning over the consequences of development and the virtues of conservation.
March 24, 2021
Arizona Seeks To Create Surface Water Protections
When the Trump administration rolled back part of the Clean Water Act last summer, Arizona was left in a lurch. The state relied on the landmark law to keep its arid streams free of pollution. But with the federal protections limited, Arizona decided to come up with its own set of water quality standards.
March 22, 2021
A Colorado River Showdown Is Looming. Let The Posturing Begin
A showdown is looming on the Colorado River. The river’s existing management guidelines are set to expire in 2026. The states that draw water from it are about to undertake a new round of negotiations over the river’s future, while it’s facing worsening dry conditions due in part to rising temperatures.
March 22, 2021
California Water Project Takes Aim At Restoring Salton Sea
Officials in California hope a restoration project along the southern edge of the Salton Sea steers the region away from an ecological and public health disaster.
March 16, 2021
Grijalva Introduces Bill To Protect Oak Flat From Mining
Arizona Congressman Raúl Grijalva has introduced a bill to protect the Oak Flat area of Tonto National Forest. The bill is the latest attempt to stop a foreign company from developing one of the biggest copper mines in the U.S.
March 15, 2021
Utah Water Plan Concerns Colorado River Basin States
Drought has forced several states to rethink how they use the Colorado River, but Utah is trying to figure out how to get more water out of it. Utah’s plan to build a pipeline from Lake Powell to the St. George area has raised eyebrows from the six other Colorado River Basin states.
March 15, 2021
Mexican Court Suspends Controversial Energy Reform
In Mexico, a drastic change to the energy laws benefiting the State over private companies had been signed by the president. But in less than 24 hours, the Mexican Supreme court suspended it.
March 12, 2021
Record Number Of Sandhill Cranes Winter In Arizona This Year
Every year, hundreds of thousands of sandhill cranes fly south from northern North America to the southern U.S. to winter in warmer climates, including Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. This year, a record 47,000 cranes were recorded in mid-January between Whitewater Draw and the nearby Willcox Playa, which is a dry lake most of the year.
March 11, 2021
AZ House Republicans Vote To Block Clean Energy Standards
House Republicans voted to strip the Arizona Corporation Commission of its power to require utilities to get more electricity from solar and other clean energy sources. The bill would bar the regulators from adopting new proposed standards that would require most of the state’s utilities to get half their power from solar, wind and other renewable sources by 2035.
March 4, 2021
Study: Arizona Using Less Water, But Growth Threatens Supply
It has long been reported that Arizona's water supplies are shrinking. A year-end environmental impact study quantifies the ongoing crisis, showing how Arizona residents feel about the shortage and the difficult allocation choices that lay ahead.
March 1, 2021
Conservative Group Urges Arizona To Support Renewables
The president of Conservatives for Responsible Stewardship says Arizona House Bill 2248 and its companion Senate Bill 1175 — which strip the commission’s powers to mandate use of renewable energy — will actually alienate conservatives.
March 1, 2021
Lawmakers Move To Strip Corp Comm Of Certain Powers
Arizona lawmakers gave preliminary approval to a House bill that strips the Arizona Corporation Commission of its power to mandate the use of renewable energy by utilities. House Bill 2248 would bar the panel from adopting or enforcing any new policy, decision or rule that regulates the electric generation resources without specific legislative authorization.
Feb. 25, 2021
Arizona Changes
A change in Arizona water law will let farmers and ranchers conserve water without worrying about losing their rights to it in the future.
Feb. 24, 2021
Researchers Unveil Sustainable Farming Methods For Southwest Farmers
Agriculture has been a major part of the state’s economy for a very long time, but droughts and heat waves have made many farmers’ jobs more difficult. But researchers from the University of Arizona and elsewhere around the southwestern U.S. and Mexico say they have a way for farmers to deal with climate change, while producing more and healthier food and using less water.
Feb. 23, 2021
Navajo Generating System Closure To Cost Coconino County $40M
The closure of the Navajo Generating System in Coconino County in 2019 is expected to cost the county $40 million of its 2022 budget, according to county officials.
Feb. 21, 2021
Arizona Is Welcoming More Snowbirds — Of The Winged Variety
Birds that used to stop in Arizona on their way south for the winter are now staying here, and new birds are also finding their way to the state. It's a boon for birders but could cause problems for neighborhoods and ecosystems around the state.
Feb. 19, 2021
How Smart Devices Advance U.S. Goals Toward Sustainability
Thanks mostly to political differences, there are still intense debates about the country’s overall energy policy. But as technology improves and becomes more efficient, so-called smart products are making a huge difference and bringing the future to us faster than expected.
Feb. 17, 2021
Excessive Drought And Heat Devastating For Desert Plants
Global warming and prolonged drought are beginning to have a profound effect on flora in Arizona. Even native species are having a difficult time surviving, and many others could soon fall victim. Arizona native Adam Vickers, known and the "Cactus Doctor" has his own landscaping company specializing in their care. And lately, they have needed a whole lot of care, especially the iconic saguaro.
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Feb. 16, 2021
Climate Outlook: Hotter Nights, More Wildfires For AZ
Last year was a record breaker for heat in Phoenix. There were a total of 145 days of high temperatures reaching at least 100 degrees. Experts see that trend continuing in 2021.
Feb. 7, 2021

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