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View of the Colorado River from the Historic Navajo Bridge
Conservationists have long opposed expansion of a dam northwest of Denver that would divert an additional 5 billion gallons of water from the upper Colorado River watershed every year.
Sep. 6, 2023
water faucet
After nine months without a reliable water source, Rio Verde Foothills has reached a water deal with the city of Scottsdale. Scottsdale City Council on Tuesday approved a proposal to resume water deliveries for its neighboring, unincorporated community.
Sep. 5, 2023
A night view of an experimental high flow at Glen Canyon Dam in 2012.
The Colorado River reservoir is facing record low water levels that threaten the current system, and conservationists are proposing a work-around: a tunnel to bypass the dam. Others have begun to make similar proposals.
Sep. 5, 2023
Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon National Park is implementing water conservation measures for the South Rim. The park continues to struggle with diminished water supplies.
Sep. 5, 2023
Imperial Dam
The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office announced a “significant increase” in water levels at the lower Colorado River on Sunday. Heavy rains in the area led to the Imperial Dam releasing up to 10,000 cubic feet of water per second as opposed to the average of 1,000 cubic feet.
Sep. 3, 2023
Welcome to Scottsdale marker sign
Scottsdale City Council members will soon deliberate a proposed intergovernmental agreement to provide water to the Rio Verde Foothills Standpipe District.
Sep. 3, 2023
A ceremonial groundbreaking was recently held to kick off the latest phase to transform water delivery passageways into recreation trails in the Maryvale area of Phoenix.
Aug. 31, 2023
washing hands with water
The Show spoke with Kathleen Ferris, a senior research fellow at the Kyl Center for Water Policy at Arizona State University, about Arizona's groundwater concerns.
Aug. 31, 2023
Paul Brierley (left), director of the Arizona Department of Agriculture, sits on a panel with Colorado River Indian Tribes Chairwoman Amelia Flores at the Mesa Convention Center.
Amelia Flores, chairwoman of the Colorado River Indian Tribes, brought attention to critical issues that her tribal farmers face back at home on her community's reservation.
Aug. 30, 2023
Close up of a bale of hay
Arizona congressman Ruben Gallego has introduced legislation to discourage foreign companies from pumping groundwater to raise crops that get shipped overseas.
Aug. 29, 2023
Yellowed leaves silhouetted in the sun.
Alex Young with the National Weather Service in Phoenix says if rain skips central Phoenix this week, it will set an all-time dryness record. Rapper 50 Cent also cancelled his concert in Phoenix Tuesday due to heat.
Aug. 29, 2023
Phantom Ranch
Grand Canyon National Park officials are warning that E. coli bacteria has been detected in the water supply near Phantom Ranch – the only lodging at the bottom of the canyon.
Aug. 28, 2023
Colorado River
The Show spoke with Arizona Republic editorial page editor Elvia Díaz about Arizona's usage of water, specifically from the Colorado River.
Aug. 28, 2023
Fire officials at a meeting
Fewer than five wildfires are currently burning in the state, but there’s still concern about the potential for new ones to spark.
Aug. 25, 2023
Man in hat stands in front of farm field
Historic drought. Record heat. Severe water cutbacks. Life isn’t easy for Arizona farmers these days. Some are trying to adapt by planting new crops and using new technology. Others say they’ll leave their land fallow and install solar panels or wind turbines on the fertile soil instead. The University of Arizona’s Agricultural Extension is helping them transition to the farms of the future.
Aug. 25, 2023
Arizona Drought August
After a wet winter, drought conditions had significantly improved across Arizona. But now, our hot summer has started to reverse the trend.
Aug. 24, 2023
A pair of Mexican spotted owl fledglings
The hearing Thursday in Tucson covers a pair of mining projects slated for a stretch of U.S. Forest Service land in southern Arizona. A federal judge will hear their arguments for halting all mining activity while the a larger case proceeds.
Aug. 23, 2023
TSMC fab plant
A headline in Foreign Policy magazine from earlier this month read, “No Water, No Workers, No Chips.” It was about the need for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company and other firms to take climate into account when investing in particular locations. Danny Seiden felt the need to respond.
Aug. 22, 2023
sprinklers
Despite July’s record heat, Scottsdale says it cut water use by 7% compared to the same time last year.
Aug. 21, 2023
A flood watch for Hurricane Hilary is issued by the National Weather Service.
Sixteen water rescue specialists from the Phoenix Fire Department are being sent to Yuma. They will be staged there to prepare for flooding that may occur as a result of Tropical Storm Hilary.
Aug. 20, 2023

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