Environment

Underside of a 40-ton hydropower turbine
SRP has invested $2.6 million to fund 36 research-and-development projects at Arizona’s three state universities. The public utility says the undertakings are meant to improve the Valley’s power system and watershed, and to educate a potential workforce on real-world applications.
Sep. 13, 2023
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
The Bureau of Land Management will take public comments on a draft Resource Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement for Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southern Utah.
Sep. 13, 2023
Bureau of Land Management sign
The Bureau of Land Management oversees more than 245 million acres of land, most of it in the western United States. Conservationists frequently criticize the agency for its grazing policies, and two of them have filed suit.
Sep. 13, 2023
Burro sign, oatman
The Bureau of Land Management announced a 30-day comment period allowing the public to review an environmental assessment that will manage excess wild burros living in the Three Rivers Complex, south of Kingman.
Sep. 13, 2023
Humphreys Peak Trail sign San Francisco Peaks
With common references to the Valley, Arizonans may be surprised to know we have unusually high elevations. Through our Q&AZ reporting project, a listener asked what is the highest and lowest point in Arizona?
Sep. 12, 2023
Pinyon Plain Mine
Last year, the Biden administration appointed a working group to study mining regulations and permitting, and It has issued its final report.
Sep. 12, 2023
Liberty Wildlife baby bird
Summer is the busiest time of year for the orphan care center at Liberty Wildlife, a sprawling complex of an animal rehabilitation center in Phoenix. If you’ve found a baby bird injured in your backyard, you can bring it in to be treated.
Sep. 12, 2023
Firefighters congregate in burned area on the Dude Fire
When Google announced plans to build a data center in Mesa, it said it will use air instead of water to cool the facility. The tech giant will take additional steps toward water conservation.
Sep. 11, 2023
The Interior Department announced on Monday new federal grants that may give Indigenous youth public service opportunities on federal and tribal lands in Arizona.
Sep. 11, 2023
Monkeypod trees along a highway
Last month, members of the Arizona Humane Society’s emergency response team traveled to Maui to help following the deadly wildfires there. The five team members are now back.
Sep. 8, 2023
Trees on fire
Wildfire seasons are growing longer and more active, bringing smoke with well-known physiological effects. But as tiny particulates kicked up by fires drift on the wind, they might also worsen mental health and even increase suicide rates.
Sep. 7, 2023
Trees on fire
Crews continue to monitor the Valentine Fire, which has burned about 2,500 acres northeast of the community of Young on the Mogollon Rim.
Sep. 7, 2023
President Donald J. Trump meets U.S. Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scot
The Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress, found that the border wall projects under former President Donald Trump caused significant damage in Arizona and along the border with Mexico.
Sep. 7, 2023
View of the Colorado River from the Historic Navajo Bridge
Conservationists have long opposed expansion of a dam northwest of Denver that would divert an additional 5 billion gallons of water from the upper Colorado River watershed every year.
Sep. 6, 2023
Bureau of Land Management sign
The Bureau of Land Management recently came out with new guidelines called a Blueprint for 21st Century Recreation.
Sep. 6, 2023
Hualapai Tribe’s historic Osterman Gas Station on Route 66
The Show spoke with Timothy Sandefur and Beatrice Moore on their opinions on whether or not Arizona should invest more into historic preservation.
Sep. 6, 2023
Grand Canyon National Park North Rim
Visitors to the Grand Canyon Skywalk and the North Rim may see smoke later this week from a prescribed burn at Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument.
Sep. 5, 2023
The Sierra Club has challenged an Arizona Corporation Commission decision to approve a permit for Salt River Project’s power plant expansion near Coolidge.
Sep. 5, 2023
A night view of an experimental high flow at Glen Canyon Dam in 2012.
The Colorado River reservoir is facing record low water levels that threaten the current system, and conservationists are proposing a work-around: a tunnel to bypass the dam. Others have begun to make similar proposals.
Sep. 5, 2023
Last month, the Arizona Game and Fish Department adopted a series of amendments to guide the agency’s relationship with tribal communities. Jon Cooley took it upon himself to update his state agency's tribal cooperative agreement, ensuring that policy accurately reflected today’s relationship between Arizona and its Indigenous communities.
Sep. 5, 2023

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