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The United States Department of Agriculture is sending more than $19 million to rural communities in Arizona. The grants and loans will help expand access to clean water and high-speed internet.
Dec. 30, 2021
Navajo Nation
The massive infrastructure bill signed earlier this year promises to bring change to Native American tribes that lack clean water or indoor plumbing through the largest single infusion of money into Indian Country. It includes $3.5 billion for the federal Indian Health Service, which provides health care to more than 2 million Native Americans and Alaska Natives.
Dec. 24, 2021
Antelope Point Public Launch Ramp at Lake Powell
Water levels at Lake Powell remain low, and Bureau of Reclamation projections indicate they will continue to drop. As water levels have dropped, access to boat ramps on Lake Powell has become more difficult.
Dec. 22, 2021
Construction on the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project
Arizona residents are facing water shortages as Colorado River water declines, but Navajo Nation members have been living without easy access to water for years. That’s why the federal government started building a drinking water system on the reservation.
Dec. 22, 2021
ASU iGEM 2021 team
Arizonans in rural areas rely on well water, which commonly contains at least some arsenic. Now, an ASU team of students has earned a gold medal at a global competition by engineering algae that can remove the toxic element.
Dec. 22, 2021
Colorado River
The Colorado River Water Users’ Association ended last week with an agreement to find more ways to conserve water, and this year’s conference included tribal perspectives.
Dec. 20, 2021
Justin Brundin
The Cocopah Indian Tribe has lived along the Colorado River delta for centuries. But drought, climate change and damming has transformed the once verdant stretch.
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Dec. 15, 2021
Colorado River
To help stave off another round of mandatory cutbacks, water leaders for Arizona, Nevada and California are preparing to sign an agreement that would voluntarily reduce Colorado River water to the lower basin states by 500,000 acre-feet — enough to supply about 750,000 households for a year — for both 2022 and 2023.
Dec. 15, 2021
Colorado River
Lake Mead is at historically low levels, and Arizona will take mandatory cuts to its Colorado River water supply starting in January. But one tribe that lives along the river’s banks along the Arizona-California border says it has enough supply to lease to other cities.
Dec. 6, 2021
Colorado River in Yuma
The bill comes amid historic low levels in Lake Mead and as Arizona faces a harsh water future. The state is set to take mandatory cuts to its share of Colorado River water starting in January.
Dec. 3, 2021
water faucet
The Pima County Board of Supervisors voted last Wednesday to pursue legal action against the city of Tucson over water rates for rural residents. The supervisors said they reached out to the city in August, but had not received a response.
Nov. 29, 2021
yellow fire hydrant on street corner
As of September, Phoenix had 709 fire hydrants that didn’t work and another 2,000 that needed repaired or replaced. Executive Assistant Fire Chief Scott Walker told a city subcommittee that when crews respond to calls, they assume the nearest fire hydrant is working. If their 1,000-foot hose cannot reach a functioning hydrant, they must come up with another plan.
Nov. 24, 2021
solar panels
Climate change is creating water challenges; it’s also making it tougher for farmers to efficiently grow certain crops. But a new $10 million federal grant is looking into one potential solution for both issues: agrivoltaics.
Nov. 23, 2021
Grand canyon interior
The U.S. Geological Survey has published a study on uranium content in wells and springs in the Grand Canyon region, but the work is far from over. The study examined about 200 water sources and found that only a fraction of them had elevated concentrations of uranium.
Nov. 17, 2021
President Joe Biden
President Joe Biden signed his $1 trillion infrastructure deal into law Monday on the White House lawn, hailing it as an example of what bipartisanship can achieve.
Nov. 15, 2021
Andrés Manuel López Obrador
He also said the federal government would support a long-term solution to the longstanding water access issues of Sonora's indigenous Comcaac Nation.
Nov. 12, 2021
Amber Ortega speaks with supporters
Hia C-ed O'odham activist Amber Ortega was one of two Indigenous protesters arrested in September 2020 for physically blocking machinery at a border wall construction site near Quitobaquito Springs in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. She testified her religious and cultural beliefs compelled her actions.
Nov. 4, 2021
Grand Canyon
Due to Lake Powell's low water levels, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has decided not to flood the Grand Canyon to build beaches.
Nov. 3, 2021
Flooding in Gila County
Monsoon storms this summer damaged homes and property in Gila County. Now the county has received federal and state funding to help prevent future flooding.
Oct. 27, 2021
Sonora Drought
As in many parts of Arizona, Sonora enjoyed a wet monsoon season, a welcome change from last year’s disappointing summer that left many in the state’s critical agricultural sector desperate. Federal and state officials are chalking some of that up to cloud seeding.
Oct. 26, 2021


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