Environment

CAP Water Education Center rendering
The Central Arizona Project brings Colorado River water to Phoenix and Tucson through a massive canal system. And the agency wants to help more Arizonans understand the state’s critical water issues. So CAP is planning a new Water Education Center.
Nov. 30, 2023
An Arizona conservation group called the Sky Island Alliance wanted to see how the wall on the U.S.-Mexico border affects animal migration. So it set up wildlife cameras to track animals as they moved from one side to the other.
Nov. 30, 2023
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will list the North American wolverine as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.
Nov. 29, 2023
prescribed burn
Even as climate change warms the Sonoran Desert, Valley residents can look forward to cooler temperatures during the holidays. The season also marks the arrival of prescribed burns in the Arizona high country.
Nov. 29, 2023
san pedro river
Earlier this month, the Bureau of Land Management halted construction of a 520 mile wind energy transmission line stretching from New Mexico to central Arizona, but the agency will now allow construction to resume in the San Pedro River Valley.
Nov. 28, 2023
Fountain Hills fountain
Fountain Hills, which became a Dark Sky Community in 2018, will be the site of the International Dark Sky Discovery Center. The group will break ground on the project in March.
Nov. 28, 2023
Carolina Navarro
The U.S. government wants to create more consistent rules for the bolts used by rock climbers in the country’s national forests and parks.
Nov. 27, 2023
downtown tucson
The Show spoke with Dr. Theresa Cullen, director of the Pima County Health Department, about potential air filtration centers.
Nov. 27, 2023
On this episode of KJZZ's Word podcast about literature, we feature the winner of the National Book Award for his collection of poetry. Plus, the holiday season means it’s time for NPR’s annual, “Books We Love" feature. Also, a children's author offers two new interactive titles.
Nov. 24, 2023
A monarch butterfly
Arizona’s cooler months are when you’re most likely to spot monarchs fluttering around the state, and the Desert Botanical Garden is asking for your help tracking the beloved butterflies this winter.
Nov. 24, 2023
Bureau of Land Management sign
The Bureau of Land Management is seeking comment on an environmental review of a proposed travel management plan near Safford.
Nov. 22, 2023
Firefighters congregate in burned area on the Dude Fire
In 1990, the Dude Fire killed six firefighters and burned more than 24 thousand acres near Payson. Although the fire burned more than three decades ago, work on restoring the watershed continues.
Nov. 22, 2023
Landspout weather Sun Lakes Arizona
The tornado that tore through the small town of Star Valley last weekend is a relatively rare event in Arizona. The state usually sees roughly four or five tornadoes each year.
Nov. 22, 2023
Hopi dry farmer Gary Tso searches through withered corn stalks for any salvageable ears of corn at the end of his harvest season.
Gary Tso reflects on three decades of Hopi dry farming his mother's corn and the spiritual lessons that come with living his faith on a single-acre field at the bottom of Second Mesa.
Hand-roasting Pima 60-Day Corn is hard and expensive, but essential to preserve heirloom products
Nov. 22, 2023
The Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management reports that this year's state Christmas tree will come from Fort Apache.
Nov. 21, 2023
Last November, the Center for Western Priorities released a report on public lands legislation that has stalled in Congress, including some proposals for Arizona. The nonprofit says little has changed since then.
Nov. 21, 2023
Milky Way
Conservationists say they are concerned about stadium lights being built along the border in places known for their dark skies, and one nonprofit says the lights could be harmful to southern Arizona wildlife.
Nov. 20, 2023
Gila River Indian Community canal
In a move that may soon be replicated elsewhere, the Gila River Indian Community recently signed an agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to put solar panels over a stretch of irrigation canal on their land south of Phoenix.
Nov. 20, 2023
Warren Petersen at podium
Arizona Senate President Warren Petersen, who is also a real estate broker, is no fan of a regulation at the heart of those projected shortages, a requirement for residential developers in urban areas to show they have a 100-year-water supply.
Nov. 20, 2023
A giant metal tube
Tucson’s water supply is partially reliant on the massive underground aquifer below it. But that aquifer has been under threat because of various contaminants that have seeped in. Now the city is getting federal funding to help.
Nov. 15, 2023

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