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Fossil Collection

The Desert Laboratory's Vertebrate Paleontology Collection houses over 20,000 fossils, many of them from right here in the Sonoran Desert.
January 25, 2023

Desert Plants: Creosote

It has one of the most recognizable smells in the desert, it attracts dozens of different types of bees, and it might have been eaten by native camels thousands of years ago.
January 19, 2023

Anthropocene Who?

Meet Nika Kaiser and Erica Prather, two artists whose work is centered around issues relating to climate change and extinction.
January 17, 2023

Recent snowfalls may slow water level decline at Lake Mead

Forecasters now expect Lake Mead to finish this year around 1,027 feet elevation, about 19 feet lower than its current level.
January 30, 2023

AP Exclusive: Emails reveal tensions in Colorado River talks

They largely include communication among water officials in Arizona and California, the major users in the river's Lower Basin.
January 30, 2023

Tucson takes plastic program citywide

City will turn waste plastic into blocks for building.
January 25, 2023

I-11 lawsuit goes to court

Environmental groups say alternative routes were not considered.
January 23, 2023

The Buzz: Arizona and snow

While non-rain precipitation is rare in the deserts, it's not uncommon for the mountains to get feet of snow each year.
January 20, 2023

USDA awards $930 million towards wildfire preventions

Three million acres of the San Carlos Apache Tribal Forest Protection Project will receive funding.
January 19, 2023

State supreme court finds Marana in violation of water treatment costs

The decision was released on Tuesday, Jan 17.
January 17, 2023

Neighbors sue Arizona city to restore water cut in drought

Homeowners in Rio Verde Foothills, located in unincorporated Maricopa County, sued Scottsdale, demanding that access to the city's water supply be restored.
January 17, 2023

More than 41,000 sandhill cranes in Southern Arizona

Arizona birders can see the cranes in person at the annual Wings over Willcox Bird & Nature Festival.
January 17, 2023

Forest Service resumes cleanup of abandoned mines near Prescott after pause

The project, which was split into two because of funding issues and to avoid interfering with the owls, began in December 2021.
January 15, 2023

Vertical farm in Avondale promotes sustainability, technology, water conservation

It uses uses 99% less water than a traditional farm and grows seasonal produce year round – all without soil or anyone driving a tractor.
January 14, 2023

New Tucson 80 year water master plan implements rainwater harvesting

The first draft is not expected until September this year.
January 13, 2023

The Buzz speaks with two newly-elected officials: Juan Ciscomani and Katie Hobbs

Both have been on the jobs for several days, but have been confronted by the politics of their new positions.
January 13, 2023

Ski Valley opens for snowboarding and skiing

Almost 250 people attended and worked Ski Valley's opening day.
January 6, 2023

The Buzz: A look at Arizona's new government

The Inauguration of November's winners comes as the legislative session nears.
January 6, 2023

Biden signs water bills benefiting 3 tribes in Arizona

President Joe Biden signed legislation Thursday giving leasing authority to the Colorado River Indian Tribes, whose reservation tracks its namesake on the Arizona-California border.
January 6, 2023

The Buzz: Looking back on 2022

Newsworthy interviews and topics that we addressed this year.
December 30, 2022

It’s electric: ADOT planning a statewide network of EV chargers along interstates

The Arizona Department of Transportation will oversee the upgrade of existing chargers and installation of new ones along five interstate highways.
December 29, 2022

Coronado National Forest to close area near containers during removal

The U.S. Forest Service said the move is for public safety.
December 28, 2022

SRP researches cloud seeding in White Mountains to create snow amid historic drought

The state also helps fund cloud seeding programs in Colorado meant to increase flows into the Colorado River.
December 24, 2022

Arizona restricts farming to protect groundwater supply

The Arizona Department of Water Resources this week put a limit on the amount of land that can be watered, designating the Hualapai Valley as an irrigation non-expansion area.
December 22, 2022

USDA awards $4.7 million to new partnership with UA for 'climate-smart' food production

The funding will help farmers reduce water consumption and carbon emissions.
December 20, 2022

US Senate advances water bills for tribes in Arizona

The bills now head to the U.S. House.
December 20, 2022

60,000 trees planted since start of Tucson Million Trees program

Tucson Mayor Regina Romero announced the program in 2020 and hopes to reach the goal by 2030.
December 19, 2022
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