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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
SRP building
Salt River Project’s governing board approved a rate increase and a couple of additional gas turbines Monday, but conservationists are questioning those moves.
Sep. 14, 2022
downtown tucson
Community leaders in Tucson hosted an online meeting this week on emergency preparedness as climate change forces cities to address and plan for natural disasters.
Sep. 14, 2022
SRP building
Earlier this year, the Arizona Corporation Commission denied a request by Salt River Project to expand a gas-fired plant near Coolidge, a decision the utility has appealed.
Sep. 7, 2022
Bureau of Land Management lands
Conservationists have embraced the Biden administration’s America the Beautiful Initiative, which would set aside about a third of America’s lands for conservation by 2030. But it will need help from one agency in particular.
Sep. 6, 2022
solar panels
The U.S. Department of Energy has granted University of Arizona almost $11 million over four years to support an Energy Frontier Research Center there. The center’s research on energy conversion and storage could advance solar progress.
Sep. 2, 2022
Unleaded gas is $3.99 at a Phoenix station
Consumers are paying less at the gas pump than they have in months. The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded in Arizona is now just below $4.
Sep. 2, 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
The Arizona sun behind a palm tree
The heart of the Phoenix metro area — and its downtowns, in particular — has faced decades dealing with the effects of the urban heat island.
Aug. 31, 2022
solar panels
One of the goals of the Inflation Reduction Act was to spur investment in clean energy. A Tempe-based firm says it will expand its operations as a result.
Aug. 30, 2022
Rio Verde Foothills residents
While Arizona is being asked to cut back when Colorado River restrictions go into effect next year, some residents of the state are in danger of being cut off completely from their water supplies. A small community north of Phoenix faces a crucial vote as soon as this week to determine its future source of water.
More Arizona water news
Aug. 27, 2022
Scottsdale has increased financial incentives for residents and businesses to remove grass. The Water Department has $300,000 to offer in rebates this fiscal year, that's $50,000 more than last year.
Aug. 25, 2022
The Arizona sun behind a palm tree
With the divisive rhetoric around climate change, it’s natural to assume support for policy measures might be on the low side. But new research shows that’s a mistaken assumption.
Aug. 24, 2022
Valley Metro bus
Phoenix will get more than $16 million for greener buses through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act) under a Federal Transit Administration grant program.
Aug. 23, 2022
person holding their head
Some migraine sufferers are reporting increased symptoms during this active monsoon season in metro Phoenix. Studies suggest that low - or a significant drop in - atmospheric pressure can trigger an attack.
Aug. 22, 2022
The city of Tucson is encouraging community members to come pick up free sandbags in anticipation of a fresh slew of monsoon storms this weekend.
Aug. 19, 2022
clark miller
The Biden administration just made the single largest investment against climate change in U.S. history. And ASU's Clark Miller is optimistic about its impact.
Aug. 19, 2022
Navajo Nation
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has developed a new strategy to better engage with hundreds of Native American tribes facing climate change-related disasters.
Aug. 18, 2022
Edgar Warner
Northern Arizona has been besieged with almost daily flooding after a pair of devastating wildfires near Flagstaff this year. Officials say the price tag to prevent further damage from flooding will be steep: between $125 million and $145 million that will need to come from the U.S. government.
More news from the Fronteras Desk
Aug. 17, 2022
tucson's skyline from the Tucson Mountain Park
Water and city managers held a joint town hall to discuss One Water, a master plan laid out by city in 2019 to address future water issues. The meeting was planned for this month, but ended up coming hours after the Bureau of Reclamation announced new cuts in Colorado River supply to Arizona, Nevada and Mexico.
Aug. 17, 2022


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