Environment

Colorado River
The chairwoman of the Colorado River Indian Tribes is in Washington, D.C., this week to testify for a bill that would allow her tribe to lease its water to other parts of Arizona.
Mar. 22, 2022
prescott national forest
The Prescott National Forest is looking for volunteers to help build a new trail this weekend. Forest officials have set aside Saturday, March 26, for willing volunteers to lend a hand in constructing the Copper Chief Trail #535.
Mar. 22, 2022
The amount of water in the lake is not only being affected from lower water levels at the top but also being limited from the floor below.
Mar. 21, 2022
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The White Mesa Mill in southern Utah is the last functioning uranium facility in the U.S., but with the price of uranium down, it has been transformed into a waste disposal site.
Mar. 15, 2022
Welcome to Maryvale village sign
The Maryvale neighborhood in west Phoenix is one of the area’s most diverse communities. It also has a history of toxic pollution, going back as far as the 1980s, when several cases of leukemia in children were discovered.
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Mar. 11, 2022
jimmy fike and edible plants book cover
North America offers plenty of plants to safely eat. And in Jimmy Fike's new book, "Edible Plants: A Photographic Survey of the Wild Edible Botanicals of North America," he details over 100 of them.
Mar. 8, 2022
Jace Miller's tractor
Persistent drought and rising temperatures have meant less water in the Colorado River system, which is relied on by 40 million Americans. But to this point, farmers in Pinal County have felt the effects much more acutely than others.
More about water on the Arizona podcast series InHospitable
Mar. 6, 2022
Gila National Forest cattle
There are feral cattle roaming the Gila National Forest, near the Arizona-New Mexico border. And the federal government has decided the best way to handle that is to shoot the cattle from the air.
Mar. 2, 2022
Deb Haaland
Secretary of Interior Deb Haaland was in the Valley last week to talk about a variety of water-related topics, and she dropped in for a visit to the Rio Salado Audubon Center. During her trip to the Valley, Haaland talked about funding for Indian water settlements and the bipartisan infrastructure bill.
Feb. 28, 2022
Anubis  the wolf
The Mexican gray wolf is a protected species, but a pair of recent shooting attacks in the Southwest highlights just how frail the wolf’s numbers are. Federal officials are investigating the shootings of two high-profile Mexican gray wolves just weeks apart in northern Arizona and New Mexico.
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Feb. 28, 2022
solar panels
Legislative advocates for solar power in Arizona are looking to the federal government for funding, in the form of a $500 million solar energy investment bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives last year.
Feb. 26, 2022
 Arizona Trail
The Arizona Trail runs about 800 miles from Mexico to the Utah border, and the Legislature may make the process of hiking it a little more pleasant.
Feb. 23, 2022
bear
Hundreds of thousands of bears exist in North America, and that can lead to uncomfortable, harrowing, exciting encounters between them and humans. And the effects of drought and climate change, along with more people moving into more rural wilderness areas, can lead to an increase in the number of those encounters.
Feb. 23, 2022
Grand Canyon
A federal appeals court has ruled against environmental groups and an Arizona tribe in their bid to keep a uranium mine south of the Grand Canyon from operating.
Feb. 23, 2022
Grand canyon interior
A new survey conducted by Colorado College has found strong support in the Rocky Mountain region for conservation efforts. Three-fourths of voters would support conserving 30% of America’s lands within the next decade.
Feb. 22, 2022
Cactus ferruginous pygmy owl
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to list a tiny desert owl as a threatened species.
Feb. 18, 2022
dry cracked ground
New data show the current megadrought the western U.S. is experiencing is the worst it’s been in 1,200 years. But for some in the water resources sphere, this news comes as no surprise. What does that mean for Arizona’s future?
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Feb. 16, 2022
Santa Cruz River
More than two years ago, Tucson brought flowing water back to a dry portion of the Santa Cruz riverbed, and the ecosystem has made a fast recovery.
Feb. 14, 2022
Colorado River
The megadrought bedeviling the American West got even drier last year and is becoming the deepest dry spell in more than 1,200 years.
Feb. 14, 2022
Tempe trail derailment
A 2020 cargo train derailment on the bridge crossing Tempe Town Lake caused a portion of it to be demolished. The railroad company operating the line will now reimburse Tempe for damages.
Feb. 12, 2022

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