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housing construction
Arizona’s housing market has been booming in recent years. But now, due to projected groundwater shortfalls, the state is going to start limiting some housing development in areas that rely solely on groundwater.
Jun. 6, 2023
Nonstick pan
Three major chemical companies say they’ve reached a tentative settlement with cities suing them for water contamination linked to PFAS, the human-made chemicals linked to health issues like cancer
Jun. 5, 2023
Dry cracked earth
In a major announcement June 1, Arizona officials halted new housing on the edges of the Phoenix metro area. The issue? Not enough groundwater. The shortage is made more complicated by the shrinking Colorado River.
Jun. 5, 2023
Stacy Pearson and Chuck Coughlin
This week, Arizona announced it will pause approvals of some development projects in areas that rely on groundwater, ASU revealed plans for new medical school and Maricopa County Supervisor Bill Gates said he will not seek reelection.
Jun. 2, 2023
A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling stripped the EPA of the wide-reaching regulatory control offered by the 1972 Clean Water Act. The ruling has been applauded by businesses — including Arizona’s ranching industry, which relies heavily on water management.
Jun. 2, 2023
Houses Under Construction in Goodyear, Arizona
Arizona will pause approvals of some development projects in areas where groundwater would be the only water source. The announcement comes after a new report projects shortfalls in water supply in the Phoenix area.
Jun. 1, 2023
Lake Mead
The Phoenix City Council unanimously approved a plan Wednesday to give up a share of its Colorado River allocation in exchange for money.
May. 31, 2023
Nonstick pan
Attorney General Kris Mayes filed suit last week against companies that manufacture PFAS, which have been linked to a number of health problems. Now she is asking the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate the so-called forever chemicals.
May. 31, 2023
washing hands with water
Last week, Gov. Katie Hobbs vetoed a bill that would have forced Scottsdale to resume selling water to the unincorporated community of the Rio Verde Foothills. In her veto letter, she told lawmakers to instead send her another bill: HB 2561, sponsored by Republican Rep. Alexander Kolodin.
May. 31, 2023
Desalination Yuma Desalting Plant
Before he left office, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey called for aggressive investment in water augmentation projects such as desalination, and the state committed a billion dollars in funding over three years toward that goal. But Arizona’s new budget will scale back those efforts.
May. 29, 2023
Proposed Interstate 11 corridor
A new report claims that construction of Interstate 11 from Nogales to Kingman would put a strain on Arizona’s water supply.
May. 29, 2023
Coconino County Supervisor Patrice Horstman (from left), U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman, U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly and Coconino County Supervisor Jeronimo Vasquez.
County and federal officials say they’ve prepared regions of Coconino County that were hammered by flooding last year. And they’re relying on millions of dollars from the U.S. government to help.
More news from the Fronteras Desk
May. 25, 2023
Stephen Roe Lewis
Lower Basin states recently announced a short-term agreement that will keep water in the Colorado River’s reservoirs. Gov. Katie Hobbs, Arizona water managers and Gila River Indian Community Gov. Stephen Roe Lewis recently talked about the accord at a press conference.
May. 25, 2023
24th Street Water Treatment Plant in Phoenix
For more on the historic deal between Arizona, Nevada and California, regarding the Colorado River, The Show spoke with Cynthia Campbell, Water Resources Management Advisor for the City of Phoenix.
May. 25, 2023
tucson's skyline from the Tucson Mountain Park
The city of Tucson will take less Colorado River water in a new deal forged between municipal leaders and the Bureau of Reclamation.
May. 24, 2023
Jennifer Granholm
In a visit to Arizona this week, U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm announced several grants to fund projects benefiting Indigenous communities.
May. 23, 2023
Hopi Tribe
The Hopi Tribe is receiving $48 million for water infrastructure repairs and improvements. Some of the funding will go toward increasing access to water not contaminated with arsenic.
May. 23, 2023
downtown tucson
Arizona, Nevada and California have struck a deal to take less water from the Colorado River in lieu of having mandatory cutbacks imposed by the federal government.
May. 22, 2023
drop from a water faucet
Gov. Katie Hobbs on Monday vetoed a bill that would have required the city of Scottsdale to resume water sales to Rio Verde Foothills. Hundreds of homes in the unincorporated community have been without a reliable water source since January, when Scottsdale cut their supply due to drought restrictions.
May. 22, 2023
Colorado River winds through Horseshoe Bend
The Show spoke with Luke Runyon, who covers the Colorado River for KUNC in Colorado about what the future of the Colorado River means for all of us who live in these states.
May. 22, 2023


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