Bureau of Land Management sign
The Bureau of Land Management oversees about 245 million acres for a variety of uses. Critics say the agency typically favors industry and agriculture, but the agency recently signaled it may shift in a new direction.
Mar. 28, 2023
Tempe Town Lake
Water recreation enthusiasts in the Valley can now resume activities at Tempe Town Lake. The city announced the amount of brackish water containing debris that was released by Salt River Project (SRP) into the lake has decreased.
Mar. 27, 2023
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Last year, President Biden announced that he intended to create a national monument in southeast Nevada, and last week he fulfilled that pledge.
Mar. 27, 2023
Lake Mead
As Arizona faces challenges related to water shortages, the need to educate residents about conserving water grows more significant. In April, the Arizona Department of Water Resources intends to hold its first-ever Water Awareness Festival to educate and engage with the public about water conservation.
Mar. 25, 2023
Oak Flat
When President Joe Biden took office, his administration acted quickly to unpublish an environmental report that gave the green light to a proposed copper mine in the Oak Flat area of Tonto National Forest. But it may soon republish the report.
More news from the Fronteras Desk
Mar. 23, 2023
san pedro river
Last year, the Center for Biological Diversity reached a legal settlement with the Bureau of Land Management over its handling of grazing near the San Pedro River. The center has filed a notice of intent to sue over alleged violations of that agreement.
Mar. 23, 2023
Nesting and hatching season is an exciting time for birds and bird watchers. But what’s the right thing to do when spring winds knock baby birds or nests to the ground? Liberty Wildlife has some answers.
Mar. 23, 2023
Bright Angel Trail
One of the most popular trails within Grand National Park is being closely watched after winter storms triggered a series of rock slides.
Mar. 23, 2023
A nuclear bomb being tested in Nevada in 1957.
An estimated 2,000 Arizonans currently living in Mohave County suffered the effects of radiation exposure from nuclear testing during the Cold War. Yet, the U.S. government doesn’t recognize them as victims. The Downwinders Parity Act introduced last month by Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is the latest in a long line of bipartisan attempts to compensate them.
Mar. 23, 2023
drop from a water faucet
A new regulation proposed by the EPA seeks to limit the amount of PFAS contamination in drinking water.
Mar. 22, 2023
Gila Topminnow
The Department of Interior will receive more than $120 million from the Inflation Reduction Act for work on National Wildlife Refuges. Some of that money will go to a refuge in Arizona.
Mar. 22, 2023
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit building
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Tuesday in a case over a land transfer in the Tonto National Forest that would bring a massive copper mine to a sacred indigenous site about an hour east of Phoenix.
Mar. 20, 2023
Kate Gallego
Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego will appear at the United Nations Water Conference in New York this week where she will discuss work done by the city to conserve water.
Mar. 19, 2023
An irrigation canal carries Colorado River
States that rely on water from the over-tapped Colorado River want the U.S. Supreme Court to block a lawsuit from the Navajo Nation that could upend how water is shared in the Western U.S.
More Arizona water news
Mar. 19, 2023
Analysts say that agencies in the Department of Interior are frequently under-funded. The Biden administration has taken steps to address the problem.
Mar. 13, 2023
Residents in central Arizona should remain cautious as flooding may occur in the region over the next several days. That’s according to the National Weather Service which provided flood updates on Sunday for Tonto Creek in Gila County and in the Valley along the Salt River between the Granite Reef Dam to Tempe Town Lake.
Mar. 12, 2023
Rio Sonora
Residents of the Rio Sonora valley are concerned about a major new tailings dam at a mine upstream. In 2014, a spill there caused what is considered the worst environmental disaster in Mexican mining history.
Mar. 9, 2023
Arizona Capitol copper dome statue Phoenix
In January, water policy analysts hoped that the Legislature would take action on Arizona’s shrinking groundwater supplies. But it appears that lawmakers will back burner the issue once more.
Mar. 8, 2023
Mexican wolf
Government wildlife agencies recently announced that the number of Mexican gray wolves in the wild grew by 45 animals last year. Conservationists welcomed the news, but believe that wolf recovery has room for improvement.
Mar. 7, 2023
Raúl Grijalva
Oak Flat stretches across just over 2,400 acres of the Tonoto National Forest and is a sacred site to the San Carlos Apache Tribe and other Arizona tribes. A last-minute piece of legislation passed in 2014 put its future into the hands of a proposed mining operation called Resolution Copper.
Mar. 6, 2023


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