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Water and Environment

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NEWS

The Buzz: What happens when Washington comes to town?

The Buzz rides along as a federal advisor goes on a tour with city officials.
February 23, 2024

Arizona secures $10.3 million investment for ecosystem restoration

The federal investment strengthens conservation efforts and combats invasive threats
February 22, 2024

Santa Cruz County greenlights consultant for Hermosa Mine Project, sparks debate on environmental priorities

Stephanie Smith’s appointment calls for a pause, demanding a thorough evaluation of Hermosa Mine’s community and environmental impact
February 20, 2024

Diverse community comes together to clean up rural highway

Every year people of different ideologies come together in Southern Arizona for the highway cleanup from Three Points, through the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge and to Sasabe and the always changing border.
February 20, 2024

Federal energy regulators deny permits for a controversial project on the Navajo Nation

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said it was establishing a new policy about cooperation with Tribes.
February 19, 2024

Arizona rock climbers speak out against National Park Service

The anchors used by climbers is the issue.
February 11, 2024

Bobcats Take Center Stage in Tucson Study

Scientists and residents join forces to learn about the felines
February 9, 2024

Arizona Board of Regents, Arizona State University receives $1.9 million for wildfire smoke preparedness

EPA hopes to award over $10 million to nine recipients under new grant program
February 6, 2024

South32 Hermosa Project releases Mine Plan of Operations

Notice of Intent to prepare Environmental Impact Statement expected in May
January 31, 2024

Priscilla the Parrotfish brings the ocean plastic problem to the desert

An Oregon-based nonprofit makes sculptures entirely out of ocean plastic which are now on display in Tucson.
January 30, 2024

Sandhill crane population remains higher than five and 10 year averages for the fourth year in a row

The Arizona Game and Fish Department estimates that about 42,200 Sandhill cranes are in southeast Arizona for fourth year in a row
January 22, 2024

Local Tucson non-profit is fighting drought in back yards and public spaces

Tucson Clean and Beautiful's Green Stormwater Infrastructure Program
January 14, 2024

ADEQ proposes Air Quality permit for Mine near Patagonia

Locals oppose the South32 Hermosa mine, state concerns of manganese exposure.
January 14, 2024

Tucson man who started Molino II Fire ordered to pay restitution to United States Forest Service

Michael J. Sobcynski enters a plea agreement for using incendiary ammunition.
January 8, 2024

New jaguar spotted on trail camera in southeastern Arizona

The Center for Biological Diversity confirms it is the eighth jaguar documented in Arizona.
January 8, 2024

Tucson TreeCycle recycling program in effect for New Year holidays

Residents can bring their Christmas trees to city sites through January 15.
January 3, 2024

The Buzz: A legislative look-ahead at water and agriculture

The new legislative session is weeks away, so we look at the state's top water user.
December 22, 2023

New project developments underway for South32 Hermosa project

Mining company addresses community health, workforce development and transparency in Hermosa critical minerals project
December 16, 2023

Local leaders advocate swift action on EPA’s greenhouse gas standards for vehicles

Driving change: Calls for accelerated emission standards gain momentum as communities look to embrace cleaner, safer transportation solutions
December 13, 2023

Tucson to launch at-home composting program next year

Composting keeps harmful greenhouse gases out of landfills.
December 12, 2023

UA’s College of Public Health secures $3.8 million NIH grant to pioneer climate change and health research

SCORCH initiative focuses on forecasting, adaptive responses and community resilience
December 12, 2023

Construction resumes on SunZia Transmission Project following temporary suspension

Bureau of Land Management’s pause addresses cultural property concerns in the San Pedro Valley, work progresses on 520-mile transmission project
December 8, 2023

Fort Huachuca and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must re-assess water savings analysis

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the government and Army did not provide sufficient evidence of water savings through conservation efforts.
December 6, 2023

Endangered red squirrel's numbers show decrease this year in southeastern Arizona

The annual survey conducted jointly by the Arizona Game and Fish Department, Coronado National Forest and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service showed an estimate of 144 squirrels.
December 6, 2023
VIDEO

Santa Cruz River Cleanup

Picking up trash and sowing wildflowers with The Sonoran Institute
February 14, 2024

Desert Plants: The Desert Hackberry

The Desert Hackberry, Celtis pallida, is ideal for creating habitat for wildlife while helping pollinators.
February 13, 2024

Bobcats Among Us

Bobcats are thriving in metropolitan Tucson in spite of the community's growth in the Sonoran Desert.
February 9, 2024

Desert Plants: The Mexican Sunflower Tree

The Mexican Sunflower Tree (Tithonia Fruticosa) is a giant in this family, that can get to several feet tall and wide
February 1, 2024

Desert Plants: The Desert Lavender

A thornless, drought-tolerant native plant that attracts pollinators.
January 25, 2024

Desert Living Home Tour

Homes and community spaces across Tucson showcased features that cut down on water and energy use.
January 10, 2024
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