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A plumbing issue at this Lake Powell dam could cause big trouble for Western water
Damage inside Glen Canyon Dam could mean problems with the "river outlet works," a set of small tubes near the bottom of the dam that were originally intended to release excess water when the reservoir is nearing full capacity. The dam allows water to pass through to the Colorado River and Grand Canyon.
A plumbing issue at this Lake Powell dam could cause big trouble for Western water
Damage inside Glen Canyon Dam could mean problems with the "river outlet works," a set of small tubes near the bottom of the dam that were originally intended to release excess water when the reservoir is nearing full capacity. The dam allows water to pass through to the Colorado River and Grand Canyon.
Apr. 13, 2024
EPA sets new drinking water standards to reduce forever chemical PFAS
The EPA announced the first mandatory limits on forever chemicals in the nation’s drinking water Wednesday and is distributing $1 billion to help local governments meet the new standards.
Apr. 9, 2024
A Phoenix farm is making renewable energy while also providing shade for crops
The triple-digit heat in Phoenix makes it difficult to farm — everything from growing crops to tending livestock. There is a solution that cools off the land while also providing sustainable energy — agrivoltaics.
Apr. 9, 2024
This Arizona utility company wants to build a new lake in the middle of the desert
One of the major utility providers for the Phoenix area wants to construct a new dam and flood a portion of the desert as part of Arizona’s largest pumped storage hydropower system. The dam would help supplement SRP's solar power generation after dark.
Mar. 29, 2024
Sinking cities: How land subsidence is affecting Arizona
Coastal cities around the world are contending with rising sea levels and sinking due to land subsidence. We're not on the ocean, but Arizona is sinking, too — due to excessive groundwater pumping.
Mar. 27, 2024
His first reporting assignment in Arizona: Meet the venomous reptiles
The Show's new reporter/host Sam Dingman started his time in Arizona with a visit to Phoenix Herpetological Sanctuary — where he got to experience firsthand the things he read about with anxiety back in Brooklyn.
Mar. 28, 2024
Stinknet weed shuts Casa Grande monument picnic area
Monument officials announced Wednesday that the picnic area will be closed from March 28 through April 30 due to the density of an invasive and noxious winter weed called stinknet that can grow more than 2 feet tall.
Mar. 27, 2024
New report warns of threats to metro Phoenix groundwater
When Valley cities pump groundwater in their area, they are not required to recharge the aquifer in the same place. So supply is being depleted in some areas faster than others.
Mar. 27, 2024
Program brings shade trees to low-income schools
As the weather begins to warm up, the city of Phoenix is kicking off a new program to plant more shade trees around schools.
Mar. 26, 2024
Arizona leaders tell appeals court: EPA pollution standards have gone too far
The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry along with Arizona Senate President Warren Petersen and House Speaker Ben Toma asked an appeals court to declare the EPA action unlawful.
Mar. 25, 2024
UA scientists explore new way to control mosquito populations
University of Arizona Entomology professor Michael Riehle is leading a research group aiming to find a new way to fight the mosquito population, by focusing on the chemicals inside the insect’s gut at the larval stage.
Mar. 22, 2024
The iconic plants of Arizonas 3 lesser-known deserts
The Show's Saguaro Land series showed a lot of love to Arizona's Sonoran Desert. But the state is home to three others, and Angelica Elliott with the Desert Botanical Garden told us more about them.
Mar. 21, 2024
At the end of Saguaro Land, we worry about future of the iconic cactus
The Show's Amy Silverman reflects on the Saguaro Land series, and the plight of the iconic Sonoran Desert cactus that is its namesake.
Mar. 21, 2024
They ran 200 miles in 6 days to protest lithium mine near sacred Hualapai hot spring
A group of runners and walkers from the Hualapai Tribe finished trekking more than 200 miles over six days from western Arizona to the Valley on Tuesday.
Mar. 20, 2024
Tracking the extremes in weather — in an age when we’re breaking records all the time
Randy Cerveny, an ASU professor and "the world's weatherman," joined The Show to talk about his new book, "Judging Extreme Weather."
Mar. 18, 2024
Report: Climate change means warmer, drier future for the Grand Canyon
Climate-change effects at the Grand Canyon include drier soil, reduced snowpack, lower flows in the Colorado River, more wildfires, and challenges for native trees, birds, butterflies and fish, the report says.
Mar. 18, 2024
SunZia Transmission Project sparks legal dispute over sacred sites preservation
The Tohono O’odham Nation and San Carlos Apache Tribe seek to halt construction, citing threats to cultural heritage.
Mar. 18, 2024
SRP, Google partner on clean energy agreement for Mesa data center
Last year, Google broke ground on a $600 million data center in Mesa. The company has now reached an eight year deal with SRP to power the facility with clean energy.
Mar. 15, 2024
Gila River Indian Community doesnt support Arizona proposal for Colorado River water
The tribe says it doesn’t approve of a plan from Arizona, California and Nevada to manage the Colorado River after current rules expire in 2026.
Mar. 13, 2024
Phoenix has an innovative new recycling microfactory, but it cant solve the plastic crisis alone
Wyatt Myskow is the Southwest correspondent for Inside Climate News and told The Show more about what this new facility is all about and what will be happening there.
Mar. 12, 2024