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Through our Q&AZ reporting project, a listener asked what is the water level in San Carlos Lake.
Jan. 25, 2023
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Gov. Katie Hobbs recently released a report by the Arizona Department of Water Resources that raised questions about the West Valley’s water supply. And that has some people questioning what future development might look like.
Jan. 24, 2023
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Residents of Rio Verde Foothills received another blow over the weekend in their fight to obtain water from the city of Scottsdale. The unincorporated community sits outside Scottsdale city limits and has been left without water since the city turned off its taps at the beginning of the year — a move it had warned residents was coming.
Jan. 23, 2023
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The unincorporated community of Rio Verde Foothills is one of the epicenters of the Southwest's historic water shortage. Just beyond the Scottsdale city limits, residents have long had access to the city's water.
Jan. 20, 2023
Lake Mead
The Phoenix area has been one of the fastest growing metros in the country for years, with people and businesses moving here and developments sprouting up Valley wide. But, at the same time, the region is facing a water shortage, as Colorado River supplies decline, and leaders look for new potential sources.
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Jan. 20, 2023
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Shoppers may start seeing fewer choices and lower quality produce at supermarkets, as federal water cuts take effect.
Jan. 20, 2023
Winter storms in the past week dropped more than 5 feet of snow in parts of Flagstaff. And additional snowfall is expected with the latest weather system moving in Thursday night.
Jan. 19, 2023
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In a budget proposal released this month, Gov. Katie Hobbs earmarked some state money for cleanup of PFAS — a group of chemicals found in many water sources that are linked to health problems like cancer.
Jan. 19, 2023
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The weekend’s storms provided some drought relief for Arizona, though not enough to recharge the state’s Colorado River reservoirs. But they may help in the Salt River Project watersheds.
Jan. 18, 2023
Katie Hobbs
Gov. Katie Hobbs released her budget last week, offering Arizonans a look at some of her priorities for the coming year, and the state’s natural resources were not overlooked.
Jan. 18, 2023
Arizona Supreme Court building
The state Supreme Court cited a law from more than a decade ago that prevents the burden of developments on new residents if all taxpayers benefit.
Jan. 18, 2023
Rain on a pool
For the last week, we’ve seen heavy rains in the Valley and mountains of snow in the high country. But will it help alleviate drought conditions?
Jan. 18, 2023
Michael Lanier
Xeriscaping has been a thing for a while now, but Michael Lanier is taking that concept to a whole new level. Lanier is the owner of Pueblo, a plant store on Grand Avenue in downtown Phoenix that’s known for its well-informed staff and hip aesthetic.
Jan. 18, 2023
Natalie Koch
Newly elected Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes has promised to stop what she calls a sweetheart deal that allows Saudi farmers to use up valuable Arizona water for free to grow thirsty alfalfa in our state. Now, a new book from Arizona native Natalie Koch dives deep into the long history that got us here.
Jan. 18, 2023
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Maricopa County Supervisor Tom Galvin says Scottsdale Mayor David Ortega has blocked an interim solution to provide water to Rio Verde Foothills, which falls within his district. The Show spoke with him about the ongoing discussions.
Jan. 18, 2023
a Dynamite Water tanker
Rio Verde Foothills residents have filed an injunction against the city of Scottsdale after it shut down water delivery services to the community.
Jan. 17, 2023
The Department of Water Resources is set to not issue new residential subdivisions in and around Buckeye following the report.
Jan. 12, 2023
Rio Verde Foothills homeowner Meredith DeAngelis
On Jan. 1, the city of Scottsdale shut the water tap for the community of Rio Verde Foothills. On Wednesday, residents of Rio Verde gathered in protest at the Scottsdale City Council to demand a solution.
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Jan. 12, 2023
Katie Hobbs
New Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs recently called attention to the importance of conserving groundwater. There are signs the state is about to get serious about protecting its most vital resource.
Jan. 11, 2023
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The Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, will award $100 million worth of grant money to help communities impacted by climate change and other environmental inequities.
Jan. 10, 2023

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