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Heavy snow in Snowmass Colorado ski area
Snow totals in the upper Colorado River basin have already reached their average annual peak much earlier than normal. Climate scientists say this is likely to help prop up reservoirs, but won’t be enough to turn around a decades-long megadrought.
More Arizona water news
Feb. 25, 2023
wastewater plant
The COVID-19 pandemic showcased wastewater testing as an early-warning system for tracking viral spread. But the tests can’t tell if the waste comes from locals or visitors. How does that affect results in tourist destinations like Phoenix and Las Vegas?
Feb. 24, 2023
Grand Canyon National Park
This year's Colorado College State of the Rockies poll shows a large number of Arizonans support preserving the state’s land and water.
Feb. 22, 2023
Scottsdale City Hall
The Scottsdale City Council on Tuesday night unanimously approved a plan that could have the city once again providing water to the unincorporated community of Rio Verde Foothills.
Feb. 22, 2023
sprinklers
A pair of Republican lawmakers have introduced legislation to create groundwater stewardship areas, which would give local communities funding and expertise to help monitor their water supply. But their bills have yet to receive a hearing.
Feb. 21, 2023
Interstate 10
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
Gov. Katie Hobbs in her office in January 2023.
One of Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs' biggest tasks is addressing the drought on the Colorado River threatening her state's growth boom. The Democrat is convinced it can avoid a drawn out legal battle.
Feb. 17, 2023
Land subsidence of 9.7 feet near Willcox, Arizona
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.
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Feb. 15, 2023
water faucet
Phoenix is considering substantial changes to the way it charges people for water. Compared to five years ago, the city’s Water Services Department says it’s paying 35% more for raw water, 136% more for chemicals and 38% more in personnel costs.
Feb. 15, 2023
Rainstorm in Phoenix
Arizona has had a wetter-than-normal winter so far. In January alone, the National Weather Service says the Phoenix area was three degrees below normal on average, with more than an inch of rain recorded.
Feb. 15, 2023
Lake Powell
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
drop from a water faucet
In January, Gov. Katie Hobbs had the Arizona Department of Water Resources release a study that raised concerns over West Valley groundwater supplies. That study could have major implications for development in the West Valley.
Feb. 14, 2023
windmill
The Department of Interior has allocated nearly $580 million to fulfill tribal water settlements. The money comes from the Biden administration’s Infrastructure Law and the Reclamation Water Settlements Fund.
Feb. 8, 2023
a Dynamite Water tanker
Arizona’s House Natural Resources, Energy and Water Committee has passed a measure that would force the City of Scottsdale to supply the nearby community of Rio Verde Foothills with water until 2026.
Feb. 8, 2023
 flooding irrigation
Israeli-based company N-Drip has partnered with the Central Arizona Project and University of Arizona to use its irrigation system across the state. The company reportedly has a gravity-powered drip system that uses 50 percent less water than the usual method of flood irrigation. Seth Siegel is N-Drip’s chief sustainability officer.
Feb. 3, 2023
Navajo Nation land
Fifteen Native American tribes will get a total of $580 million in federal money this year for water rights settlements, the Biden administration announced Thursday.
Feb. 3, 2023
East Verde River
The wet winter is unlikely to recharge the state’s largest reservoirs. But it’s good news for water storage on the Verde River. The Verde snowpack is higher than it has been in more than a decade and the second highest in 30 years.
Feb. 1, 2023
Lake Mead
California released a plan Tuesday detailing how Western states reliant on the Colorado River should save more water. It came a day after the six other states in the river basin made a competing proposal.
Jan. 31, 2023
Gila River Indian Community canal
The San Carlos Irrigation and Drainage District brings water to central Arizona farmers, including some in the Gila River Indian Community.
Jan. 30, 2023
Colorado River
Failed state negotiations over the use of Colorado River water caused the federal government to step in and impose restrictions.
Jan. 30, 2023

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