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Lake Powell
California recently proposed water conservation measures that would reduce its consumption of Colorado River water. But some say the proposal did not go far enough.
Oct. 26, 2022
Arizona Gov Doug Ducey surveys shipping containers used to close gaps in the border wall
Gov. Doug Ducey’s office is creating another makeshift border wall out of shipping containers. This time along a stretch of federal land in Cochise County that has conservationists concerned.
Oct. 25, 2022
Colorado River
Phoenix is launching a educational campaign about water conservation in response to the Southwest’s water shortage.
Oct. 21, 2022
Colorado River
As Colorado River cutbacks put a premium on water, a U.S. Supreme Court case will soon decide the fate of the Clean Water Act. The Arizona Wildlife Federation has issued an op-ed arguing for its protection.
Oct. 21, 2022
glass of water
A new federal requirement means Phoenix will replace thousands of water service lines to reduce the risk of lead exposure in drinking water.
Oct. 20, 2022
downtown tucson
Lawmakers in Arizona are renewing calls for the federal government to help clean up groundwater in the Tucson area that has been contaminated by military activities.
Oct. 19, 2022
verde river
The Department of Interior announced that the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law includes more than $200 million for drought resilience projects.
Oct. 19, 2022
Gila River Indian Community Mar-5
The Gila River Indian Community in Arizona announced plans to conserve a significant amount of its water supplies. The savings will be used to prop up water levels in Lake Mead.
Oct. 19, 2022
In the past 25 years, California’s most polluted inland lake has grown more polluted and hazardous as it has lost one-third of its water. A new paper suggests that warming trends and water diversion might not be the cause.
More science and innovation news
Oct. 12, 2022
classroom supplies
Researchers from Northern Arizona University and University of Arizona are collaborating with the Cocopah Indian Tribe to assess environmental health issues at a Head Start and day care facility. Concerns include possible air and water pollution from surrounding areas.
Oct. 6, 2022
Monsoon storm lightning over downtown phoenix summer 2022
The 2022 monsoon season was a wet one. Most of the state saw rainfall near or above average.
Oct. 4, 2022
snow on rocks
A new study from Colorado State University takes a deep dive into the complex connection between wildfires and snowpack and how it all relates to our diminishing Western water supply.
Oct. 4, 2022
sandbags
President Joe Biden has formally declared a destructive monsoon storm from July a major disaster for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. The U.S. Small Business Administration says time is running out for those affected to seek a federal disaster loan to rebuild.
Sep. 30, 2022
Grand Canyon National Park
Laundry, camp showers and other services are back to normal at Grand Canyon National Park, which has imposed water conservation measures a number of times this summer.
Sep. 28, 2022
University of Arizona students
Arizona’s drought has policymakers scrambling to find new ways to conserve water, and, because of that, a new crop may be in Arizona’s future.
Sep. 26, 2022
Scottsdale
Last week, the Scottsdale City Council approved an ordinance preventing homeowners’ associations from forcing people to overseed their lawns. Overseeding is a popular fall procedure in Arizona used to convert summer grass into a more lush winter variety.
Sep. 24, 2022
Copper Mine
A federal agency says an environmental review for a proposed copper mine in Arizona falls short on details about water and the potential impacts of climate change.
Sep. 22, 2022
Water quickly overwhelmed small culverts
Coconino County residents were told Tuesday morning that they face millions of dollars in repairs to stop future flooding after this year’s heavy monsoon season.
More news from the Fronteras Desk
Sep. 20, 2022
Raindrops on flowers
Much cooler weather is on the way later this week in Phoenix. While the workweek is expected to begin with high temperatures above 100 degrees, Phoenix National Weather Service Meteorologist Gabriel Lojero predicts wet conditions soon.
Sep. 18, 2022
sprinklers
Fall is overseeding season in Arizona — when residents transform their lawns to a greener, winter turf. But with the Southwest battling a historic drought and water cuts, the city of Mesa is encouraging residents to limit or forgo their overseeding efforts this year.
Sep. 16, 2022

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