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
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.
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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
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
Turlock Irrigation District solar canal rendering
A California utility is set to test out whether covering canals with solar panels can save water by preventing evaporation, among other benefits.
Sep. 14, 2022
Lake Mead barrels
Average water levels at Lake Mead rose by 4 feet during the month of September, according to the Bureau of Reclamation. Orestes Morfin, a senior planning analyst at the Central Arizona Project, says not to get too excited with the high levels.
Sep. 13, 2022
Bureau of Land Management sign
A panel of Bureau of Land Management experts has analyzed an environmental impact statement for a proposed copper mine near the Oak Flat area of Tonto National Forest.
Sep. 13, 2022
The National Weather Service has issued several flood warnings for parts of southern Arizona as more remnants of Tropical Storm Kay send ripple effects into Arizona, California and Nevada.
Sep. 12, 2022
Kyrene Reclamation Facility Tempe
During the Great Recession, the city of Tempe shuttered its Kyrene water reclamation facility. Now the city will get federal funding to revive the plant, which will be able to treat up to 4 million gallons a day.
More Arizona water news
Sep. 12, 2022
La Nina pattern
Cold water in the Pacific Ocean is pushing towards the surface, changing weather patterns above our region for the third straight year. Typically, that means colder, wetter winters for the northwestern portion of the country, and a warmer, drier winter in the Southwest.
Sep. 12, 2022
wastewater plant
Wastewater monitoring rose to prominence during the pandemic, when states like Arizona used it to detect the emergence of the omicron variant. Now, concerns over polio and monkeypox have inspired 18 scientists to call for scaling up the surveillance.
Sep. 9, 2022
Colorado River
Divvying up Colorado River water has been the subject of at least two letters this week from Republican and Democratic members of Arizona’s congressional delegation. One note was sent to the head of the U.S. Department of Interior and the other to the governor of California.
Sep. 7, 2022
The Colorado River’s falling levels have made headlines because of the impact on water supplies and the power grid. But they could also affect the trout fishing at Lees Ferry.
Sep. 6, 2022
Grand Canyon National Park visitors Mather Point
Grand Canyon National Park officials discovered a new pipeline break in the inner canyon along the North Kaibab trail. They are now requiring park residents and visitors to reduce water usage in homes, hotel rooms and campgrounds.
Sep. 3, 2022
Razorback sucker fish
The Bureau of Reclamation has announced that funding in the bipartisan infrastructure law includes more than $8 million to replace the water supply line at Lake Mead Hatchery.
Aug. 31, 2022
Rio Verde Foothills homeowner Meredith DeAngelis
Facing a water cutoff in 2023, Maricopa County’s Board of Supervisors denied a request by some residents of the unincorporated Rio Verde Foothills to form its own water district.
Aug. 31, 2022


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