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Katie Hobbs
New Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs recently called attention to the importance of conserving groundwater. There are signs the state is about to get serious about protecting its most vital resource.
Jan. 11, 2023
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The Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, will award $100 million worth of grant money to help communities impacted by climate change and other environmental inequities.
Jan. 10, 2023
drop from a water faucet
Gov. Katie Hobbs this week issued an executive order to create a Governor’s Water Policy Council. Hobbs said the new group will be tasked with updating the state’s Groundwater Management Act.
Jan. 10, 2023
Arizona Capitol copper dome statue Phoenix
The 2023 Arizona legislative session is being brought to you by the letter E — as in education funding and election issues. These promise to be among the most contentious issues as lawmakers return to the Capitol on Monday.
Jan. 9, 2023
Brenda Burman
The Central Arizona Project, which delivers water from the Colorado River to nearly 6 million Arizonans, has a new general manager. The change in leadership comes as the state faces unprecedented cuts to water supply.
Jan. 6, 2023
Colorado River
The bills grant leasing authority, which could provide funds for a tribal nursing home and substance abuse treatment.
Jan. 6, 2023
Phoenix will add eight positions and eight vehicles to retrofit plumbing fixtures at city facilities.
Jan. 5, 2023
Navajo Nation
The Center for Biological Diversity and two Navajo activist groups have filed a complaint with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission over proposals for three stored hydro projects on the Navajo Nation.
Jan. 4, 2023
SRP canal cleanup
Salt River Project will begin its annual cleanup and repair of its canals Friday. The work means that access to some areas may be closed, including Arizona Falls on Indian School Road.
Jan. 4, 2023
captiol museum
A coalition of groups gathered at the state capital Tuesday to call attention to environmental quality issues.
Jan. 3, 2023
Lake Powell
For years, environmental groups have said that the construction of Glen Canyon Dam put one of the Southwest’s most scenic places under water. Now, some say that Lake Powell’s falling levels present an opportunity to restore that scenery.
Jan. 3, 2023
Flagstaff residents fill pickup trucks with sandbags
The fiscal omnibus bill approved just before the new year includes nearly $1 billion for protecting the nation’s watersheds. And of that, northern Arizona’s Coconino County will receive $50 million.
Jan. 3, 2023
Alfonso Durazo
For each of the past several years, Sonora has faced the sobering reality that it could run short on water. Now officials say they have a plan to address the issue.
Dec. 30, 2022
drought improvement 2022
The National Drought Mitigation Center reports that, in terms of dry conditions, Arizona will end the year in a little better shape than it started. But long-term water challenges across the West persist.
Dec. 27, 2022
Patrick Krause
Salt River Project was created to help metro Phoenix farmers irrigate their crops. Today, about 24,000 people still irrigate their lawns and gardens. Hear about irrigation in the Valley and the ditch riders who make sure the system works.
More Arizona water news
Dec. 27, 2022
Colorado River
Federal water managers say that new conservation measures need to be put in place for the Colorado River, or they will impose cuts.
Dec. 25, 2022
Mark Kelly
Arizona will face another cut to its share of Colorado River water in 2023. But U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly says states that use the river need to come to an agreement in the near future.
Dec. 25, 2022
The Upper Colorado River.
Racing to avoid a government shutdown, the U.S. Senate passed a $1.7 trillion spending package Thursday. The federal plan — which still needs House approval ahead of Friday night's deadline — includes money for a number of water projects in the West.
Dec. 22, 2022
Kingman
Restrictions have been put in place on large-scale farming in western Arizona as a part of a bid to protect dwindling groundwater supplies.
Dec. 22, 2022
a Dynamite Water tanker
With less than two weeks until taps go dry for some homes in Rio Verde Foothills, the city of Scottsdale has denied a request to extend delivery services to the unincorporated community.
Dec. 20, 2022

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