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Katie Hobbs at podium
Gov. Katie Hobbs says the state is terminating a lease for a Saudi-owned company that’s been farming alfalfa in Arizona. The company has been criticized for growing a water-intensive crop for export amid the Southwest’s historic drought.
More Arizona politics news
Oct. 2, 2023
Gilbert water tower
Gilbert already has rebate programs for residential customers who replace grass with drought-tolerant landscaping. But now, the town is partnering with the Salt River Project to expand its turf removal rebates to HOAs and commercial water users.
Sep. 26, 2023
Guayule plants
Policy experts say that about 74% of the state’s water goes to agriculture. Now, researchers at the University of Arizona are working with farmers to find new ways, and new crops, that might help conserve.
More Arizona water news
Sep. 22, 2023
Lake Mead
The Show spoke with Luke Runyon, co-director of the Water Desk at the University of Colorado's Center for Environmental Journalism, about the Colorado River and water in the West.
Sep. 19, 2023
Hogan by the River interior
Nearly a third of the Navajo Nation still lives without running water, but that doesn’t stop travelers from veering off the grid to find a place without a faucet, flushing toilet or shower to spend the night.
More tribal natural resources stories
Sep. 18, 2023
El Pinacate
UNESCO, the UN body responsible for world heritage sites, is asking for more protection of the nature reserve just across the Arizona border in Mexico.
Sep. 18, 2023
Quitobaquito Springs
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is asking for public input on a proposed rule that would protect a tiny, endangered snail species found only in southern Arizona’s Quitobaquito Springs.
Sep. 12, 2023
washing hands with water
State Sen. Priya Sundareshan is seeking a grant to fix leaking water infrastructure for a rural community near Tucson.
Sep. 12, 2023
Firefighters congregate in burned area on the Dude Fire
When Google announced plans to build a data center in Mesa, it said it will use air instead of water to cool the facility. The tech giant will take additional steps toward water conservation.
Sep. 11, 2023
Flagstaff "tiger barriers"
The city of Flagstaff will start work later this month on a nearly $1 million creek restoration project that will repair a waterway damaged during last year’s Pipeline Fire.
Sep. 8, 2023
Four people in suits stand in front of a Google logo
Nationally, data centers are among the top commercial water users, but Google says it will not rely on a water cooling system in Mesa. Instead, air-cooled technology will be used.
Sep. 7, 2023
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

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