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Welcome to Mesa Arizona sign
This summer, the city of Mesa will start pulling up five acres of non-functional turf across 50 of its parks and basins. The project is expected to save the more than 5 million gallons of water each year.
Jan. 23, 2024
sandbags
Nationally, only a few percent of homeowners bother getting flood insurance policies. Federal emergency officials say most counties are now prone to some sort of flood risk and want to increase coverage around the country.
Jan. 23, 2024
Chuck Podolak and Katie Hobbs
The Show spoke with Chuck Podolak, director for the Water Infrastructure Finance Authority, about why his agency is unhappy with Gov. Katie Hobbs' budget proposal.
Jan. 23, 2024
Greenway Water Treatment Plant
Peoria has launched a campaign to raise public awareness about water services. The new campaign includes monthly videos on the city’s YouTube channel highlighting water services, safety and conservation.
Jan. 17, 2024
housing construction
Gov. Katie Hobbs announced last June that the state would no longer approve some development projects in areas where groundwater is the only source. But in her State of the State address earlier this month, Hobbs proposed a new pathway for groundwater-reliant communities to continue growing.
Jan. 17, 2024
Lake Mead
An agency tasked with adding to Arizona’s imperiled water supply could be left with only half of the $1 billion former Gov. Doug Ducey and state lawmakers promised two years ago.
Jan. 16, 2024
Douglas city limits
A Republican lawmaker wants to make sure that nothing changes for water users in the Douglas basin, where residents recently voted to protect and manage groundwater. But some lawmakers expressed concern that GOP proposals go against the protections voters approved.
Jan. 10, 2024
The Klamath River flows through Oregon and Northern California.
The Show spoke with Debra Utacia Krol from the Arizona Republic about her reporting on tribal concerns about dams along the Klamath River in Northern California.
Jan. 10, 2024
Wide shot of woman at podium surrounded by audience
Arizona Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs’ has her own plans to overhaul rural groundwater regulation that she teased in her State of the State address Monday. But Hobbs will have to get those plans past Rep. Gail Griffin (R-Hereford), who has a history of blocking regulation in rural communities.
Jan. 9, 2024
Crowd for a speech
The Show spoke with Wayne Schutsky from KJZZ’s Politics Desk about Gov. Katie Hobbs' second State of the State address.
Jan. 9, 2024
Gilbert water tower
The proposal would more than double that monthly water bill by 2026, starting with an initial monthly increase of $17. Many residential customers would also see their monthly rate for solid waste and recycling services go up by about $8.
Jan. 5, 2024
Skiers cruise down the slopes at Arapahoe Basin ski area in Colorado on Nov. 13, 2023.
The Show spoke with Alex Hager, who covers the Colorado River basin for KUNC, about how a "snow drought" is affecting the Colorado River.
Jan. 4, 2024
Stephen Roe Lewis and Amelia Flores
The Show spoke with Elvia Díaz, the Arizona Republic editorial page editor, about the 2023 Arizonans of the Year: Stephen Roe Lewis, Governor of the Gila River Tribe and Colorado Indian Tribes Chairwoman Amelia Flores.
Jan. 2, 2024
Diver Brandon Carr interfaces with an underwater robot outside of Ocean Space Habitat.
The Show spoke to University of Arizona professor Win Burleson, who spent the night 20 feet underwater at Biosphere 2, about the Ocean Space Habitat that he co-invented.
Dec. 28, 2023
Heavy snow in Snowmass Colorado ski area
The Show spoke with John Fleck, a water policy researcher at the University of New Mexico, based at the Utton Center at the University of New Mexico School of Law, about the biggest water stories in 2023, and what he thinks the new year will hold.
Dec. 27, 2023
View of Black Mesa
The Black Mesa Pumped Storage Project on the Navajo Nation is years away from approval, but opponents of the proposed hydropower plan say they fear it will deplete the region’s aquifers and repeat a history of developers ignoring tribal sovereignty.
Dec. 26, 2023
Maryvale Pool Phoenix
The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department is offering incentive pay to attract qualified managers, assistant managers and lifeguards to fill positions at the city’s roughly two dozen public pools.
Dec. 23, 2023
a collage of five news stories: metrocenter, a field, tempe police officer, airport, buffalo sign
As 2024 approaches, here's a look back at the five most-viewed stories on KJZZ.org this year.
Dec. 22, 2023
U.S. Department of Interior seal
An O’odham community, named Menagers Dam, is where the construction of a new dam is supposed to improve public safety and substantial flood protection for downstream towns and villages.
Dec. 19, 2023
sign for the town of Queen Creek
A federal judge has approved an agreement between conservation groups and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to set pollution limits for Queen Creek.
Dec. 19, 2023

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