Water

International Outfall Interceptor
FEMA is spending $8.6 million to build a flood control basin near the border city of Nogales, Arizona, an area subject to intense flash flooding during monsoon season.
Mar. 13, 2022
water stream
Gov. Doug Ducey has unveiled plans to set up a new Arizona Water Authority, which would aim to look for — and pay for — new sources of water.
Mar. 7, 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
Santa Cruz River
After running dry for decades, the Santa Cruz River in Tucson has been revived with treated wastewater. The river will flow red while researchers in Pima County try to learn more about it.
Mar. 4, 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
mead
Gov. Doug Ducey outlined a plan last week for finding new water sources to help secure Arizona’s future.
Feb. 28, 2022
Lake Powell
The money comes from funds set aside by the bipartisan infrastructure bill for tribal lands. Other projects will help with broadband expansion and roadwork.
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
Bruce Babbitt
In 1980, then-Arizona Gov. Bruce Babbitt signed the Groundwater Management Act, which regulated the state’s urban areas. Babbitt was back at the state Capitol on Tuesday to support similar legislation for rural counties.
Feb. 22, 2022
Phoenix City Council chambers
Phoenix will pay $3 million for a fatal crash involving a fire engine in 2019. The City Council also settled a claim by the Salt River Pima Indian Community for $7 million.
More Arizona business news
Feb. 16, 2022
Salt River Project canal cleaners
Salt River Project is finishing up its annual canal cleanup, which includes adding white amurs to the canal system.
Feb. 16, 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
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
desalination equipment
In his State of the State address last month, Gov. Doug Ducey brought up some of the water issues facing the state and mentioned a much-talked-about potential solution: desalination.
Feb. 1, 2022
Lake Powell
The Bureau of Reclamation is keeping a close eye on runoff in the Colorado River and met last week to talk about how it will respond to the ongoing drought.
Jan. 31, 2022
Irrigation canal
Drought has triggered water cutbacks for central Arizona farmers that could continue into the foreseeable future, but Arizona’s water future is not as bleak as it seems.
Jan. 28, 2022
Biosphere 2 tropical rainforest biome
An experiment at an indoor rain forest in southern Arizona may offer some clues about how ecosystems handle drought.
Jan. 25, 2022
The Upper Colorado River
The Colorado River is in dire straits. It provides water to millions of us here in the arid Southwest, and ongoing drought driven by climate change is threatening its future. But one Arizona tribe is in a unique position: It has water to spare.
Jan. 25, 2022
wastewater tank
Gov. Doug Ducey recently announced that the state will pursue desalination as a new source of water for Arizona. But the Bureau of Reclamation also offers opportunities for new water sources.
Jan. 19, 2022
Light rail phoenix
As construction continues for two light rail extensions in Phoenix, leaders are feeling optimistic about adding more.
Jan. 19, 2022

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