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Policy makers are continually grappling with the challenge of a smaller share of the Colorado River to supply a rapidly growing population. But as quantity becomes a bigger concern, so too does quality — and the threats posed by pollutants.
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May. 15, 2023
Coconino National Forest
University scientists want to revegetate areas in northern Arizona decimated by last year’s fires and flooding, and they’re asking the public to help.
May. 15, 2023
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Firefighters have contained 60% of a wildfire burning south of Wickenburg. Since Thursday, the Cloud Fire has scorched nearly 900 acres near the city northwest of the Valley and spread through desert vegetation. According to the state forestry service, the fire was human-caused.
May. 13, 2023
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Efforts to create a large, urban park in Hermosillo are moving forward, with state leaders securing the purchase of an additional 420 acres of land for the project.
May. 12, 2023
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A proposed change in federal regulations aims to "guide the balanced management of public lands," according to the Bureau of Land Management. And it appears that would mean more conservation on those federal lands.
May. 12, 2023
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On Wednesday, a team of experts embarked on an expedition to spot the last few vaquita porpoises living in Mexico’s Upper Gulf of California.
May. 11, 2023
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One might think that plants that thrive in the Sonoran Desert and nearby ecosystems would be well suited for climate change, but researchers found they have had difficulty adapting to a warmer planet.
May. 10, 2023
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As temperatures rise, bears in the high country have begun to leave their dens, and the Arizona Game and Fish Department says people should do what they can to avoid interacting with them.
May. 10, 2023
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In “Arizona Family Outdoor Adventure,” soon-to-be mom Chels Knorr says you can enjoy the outdoors all around the state without being athletic. Plus, you can bring your kids along, or your parents, or grandparents.
May. 10, 2023
Snowbowl
Despite temperatures rising in Phoenix, Arizona Snowbowl in Flagstaff is keeping doors open through Memorial Day and providing a snowy escape from the summer heat.
May. 9, 2023
An aerial view of a development site in Scottsdale
Many Arizonans are concerned about the future availability of water. But in the community of Rio Verde Foothills, just outside of Scottsdale, the taps have already run dry. What’s the likelihood of other developments running into the same problem?
More Arizona water news
May. 8, 2023
Air Pollution
The American Lung Association has released its latest study on air quality across the U.S. Among the concerning findings for the state are the high levels of pollution and ozone in Maricopa County.
May. 7, 2023
Rebecca Pipkin
Saguaro Land is a series from The Show looking at the Sonoran Desert — the lushest, hottest desert in the world that happens to be our home. The Show spoke with an artist who transforms invasive plants into art.
May. 4, 2023
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Preliminary findings from the CDC’s 2022 National Health Interview Survey are out. And they point to rates of cigarette smoking falling. But electronic cigarette use is on the rise. So, how does Arizona compare?
May. 3, 2023
A female Mexican gray wolf in Saguaro National Park
Efforts to restore the endangered Mexican gray wolf to the Southwest reached a milestone this spring. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that, for the first time since they have been reintroduced into the wild, the population of Mexican wolves in Arizona and New Mexico has surpassed 200.
May. 3, 2023
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Scientists have known for years that old growth trees can benefit ecosystems and resist wildfire, but the Forest Service does not have regulations in place to protect them. The Biden administration has proposed a rule change that could address that.
May. 2, 2023
California Condor
In the 1980s, California condors were on the brink of extinction, reduced to just 22 birds. There are now hundreds in the wild, after a captive-breeding program and a decades-long restoration effort. But 20 of the birds in northern Arizona and southern Utah have died of avian flu since March.
May. 1, 2023
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Triple-digit weather has arrived in Phoenix. The Valley hit 102 on Sunday, which tied a record high set in 1943, according to the National Weather Service.
Apr. 29, 2023
As efforts to conserve the region’s most precious resource continue, agencies like Central Arizona Project fund cloud seeding projects in upper Colorado basin states with the goal of increasing snowpack that will melt into the Colorado River and flow into the Grand Canyon state.
Apr. 28, 2023
wild horse along the Salt River
The Center for Biological Diversity and other ecological groups are suing the U.S. Forest Service for failing to protect the Lower Salt River Recreation Area from hundreds of wild horses, which they say threaten the habitats of endangered species.
Apr. 28, 2023

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