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Arizona will kick off Water Awareness Month with a festival
As Arizona faces challenges related to water shortages, the need to educate residents about conserving water grows more significant. In April, the Arizona Department of Water Resources intends to hold its first-ever Water Awareness Festival to educate and engage with the public about water conservation.
March 25, 2023
What to do when winds scatter baby birds to the ground
Nesting and hatching season is an exciting time for birds and bird watchers. But what’s the right thing to do when spring winds knock baby birds or nests to the ground? Liberty Wildlife has some answers.
March 23, 2023
SRP is increasing its water releases to make room for snowmelt
With heavy rainfall this year and large runoff coming from huge snowpacks, Salt River Project is increasing water releases from its two Verde River reservoirs.
March 22, 2023
Phoenix mayor to attend water and heat resiliency conferences
Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego will appear at the United Nations Water Conference in New York this week where she will discuss work done by the city to conserve water.
March 20, 2023
Feds pause some Flaming Gorge water releases amid a snowy winter for the Colorado River
The Bureau of Reclamation is responding to a state request and suspending ramped up releases from a major reservoir along the Colorado River.
March 9, 2023
Energy Department loans $375M to lithium recycling company with AZ ties
The U.S. Department of Energy is loaning lithium-battery-recycling company Li-Cycle $375 million to build a hub near Rochester, New York. The plant will receive material prepped by a site that opened in Gilbert late last spring.
March 6, 2023
In a first, scientist observe time and place of shark births
For the first time, scientists have pinpointed the moment and location of shark births, thanks to egglike tags implanted in the mother’s wombs. A new, better grasp of shark births and nurseries could aid conservation efforts for the endangered animals.
March 3, 2023
Longer-lasting lightning more likely to cause fires as planet warms
Lightning is the chief source of natural wildfires worldwide, and research has shown strikes are likely to grow more frequent as the global climate warms. But a new paper suggests the news is actually worse than that.
March 3, 2023
Chocolate Falls draws large crowds to remote Navajo area. These locals are pushing back
A group of Navajo residents living near what’s become a landmark waterfall in northern Arizona want to close it off to tourists and visitors, saying the increasingly popular area is being loved to death.
More news from the Fronteras Desk
March 2, 2023
Mexican gray wolf wild population tops 200
For the first time in the 25 years since their reintroduction, the wild population of endangered Mexican gray wolves has topped the 200 mark. The more than 241 wild wolves join around 380 housed in more than 60 facilities.
March 1, 2023
Officials close part of Prescott National Forest to protect nesting bald eagles
Anyone looking to explore the Prescott National Forest needs to know about the current guidelines enforced to protect bald eagles. Visitors cannot access John’s Tank Trail located to the east of Lynx Lake.
Feb. 25, 2023
What does Phoenix’s zero waste Super Bowl mean?
Phoenix is marking a trash milestone after the city reached its goal of having a "zero waste" Super Bowl.
Feb. 23, 2023
Fuel tanker ruptures, spills hundreds of gallons of gas
A fuel tanker was punctured early Sunday morning, but firefighters prevented the gasoline from getting into nearby drains.
Feb. 20, 2023
Ten Across Project meets in Houston to help cities confront the future
Arizona and other Western states are dealing with the effects of the ongoing drought. But other areas deal with too much water and flooding. What to do about these different but related issues was part of the focus of a recent gathering of the Ten Across Project.
Feb. 20, 2023
Arizona has been banking groundwater for decades. Experts urge caution about using it
Arizona has been banking groundwater for decades. And with the state facing cuts to its share of the Colorado River, groundwater has taken on more importance. But experts urge caution when it comes to tapping into this finite resource.
More Arizona abortion news
Feb. 16, 2023
What happens to the losing teams T-shirts after the Super Bowl?
Fans of the Philadelphia Eagles didn’t get to leave Glendale with the Super Bowl LXII win. But the NFL had plenty of celebratory merchandise on hand. Now, a Virginia-based non-profit called Good 3-60 is distributing that merchandise overseas.
Feb. 14, 2023
Lake Powell water levels hit all-time low
Lake Powell, which sits on the Arizona-Utah border, is the nation's second-largest reservoir. On Tuesday its water levels dropped to an all-time low, falling past a record set last April.
Feb. 14, 2023
New solar project to break ground on BLM lands
The Bureau of Land Management recently announced a new solar project near Blythe, California, that will power around 120,000 homes.
Feb. 14, 2023
Hobbs wants AZ border shipping containers used for housing
About 2,000 shipping containers used by former Gov. Doug Ducey to keep people out of Arizona could soon be used to house people. In late December, after the Biden administration filed a lawsuit, Ducey agreed to remove the metal containers. They had been double-stacked to fill gaps along the border in Yuma and Cochise counties. Gov. Katie Hobbs has a new idea.
More Arizona business news
Feb. 14, 2023
The Rockies are having a snowy winter, but not all of that water will make it to the Colorado River
Snow data from the Colorado River Basin Forecast Center shows a strong start for the region's water supplies, but heavy snow may get soaked up by dry soils before it can flow into Lake Powell and Lake Mead.
Feb. 13, 2023