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Water Harvester: An Invitation to Abundance

How Tucson resident Brad Lancaster transformed his neighborhood by experimenting with water harvesting.
July 25, 2022

Yuma Farmers Assess Water Usage Amid Drought

What are regional lettuce producers doing to make lettuce farming more sustainable, and what is the future of this water-intensive crop that depends on the Colorado River?
July 3, 2022

Longfin Dace

For the first time in 110 years, the longfin dace will swim in the waters of downtown Tucson.
May 18, 2022
NEWS

3D printing and foam: Arizona organizations make homes more sustainable

Using technology to make the home of the future.
August 14, 2022

Arizona Spotlight for August 11th, 2022

Native plants return to Hermosillo's urban landscape; Tucsonan John Rhodes tells about his family's rodeo history; Meet the new CEO of The Western National Parks Association; and a short story by Aurelie Sheehan.
August 12, 2022

Conservationists file notice of intent to sue EPA over Queen Creek mining waste

The groups also take aim at the state Department of Environmental Quality.
August 10, 2022

State issues mercury warning for some fish caught in Patagonia Lake

The warning only applies to eating Flathead Catfish.
August 10, 2022

Fight over Resolution Copper Mine drags on

Both sides expect the fight to continue
August 8, 2022

Tribes in the Colorado River basin say they're 'in the dark' as states discuss water conservation

The complaint comes as Colorado River water users are trying to come up with a new sharing plan.
August 8, 2022

Strong sense of place

Tucson made big changes that had big impacts on its water consumption.
August 8, 2022

5 litters of endangered black-footed ferrets born at Phoenix Zoo

The ferrets are some of the most endangered animals in North America.
August 7, 2022

Supreme Court ruling against EPA hurts, may not hobble clean air in Arizona

The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 includes money to combat climate change.
August 7, 2022

Artist Michael Moore and the natural world in charcoal.

Also on Arizona Spotlight: Visit a nearly century-old bowling alley in a Mexican mining town; find out why an open mic night in Sierra Vista has a dedicated audience; and Nichelle Nichols remembered.
August 4, 2022

The water came back

Poor water practices made the Santa Cruz River practically disappear, but new efforts have some water flowing again. And when there’s water in the desert, life follows quickly.
August 1, 2022

"Chasing the Ghost Bear: On the Trail of America’s Lost Super Beast" with author Mike Stark.

Also on Arizona Spotlight: Rodeo champion Sherry Cervi honored with Marana street names; and actor Jon Proudstar talks about "Reservation Dogs" as season 2 arrives.
July 28, 2022

Upper Colorado River leaders push back against federal ask for conservation

Mounting pressure to find solutions has Upper Basin leaders saying the savings should come from elsewhere
July 27, 2022

Water projects in Cochise County get financial approval.

The Board of Supervisors vote to approve grant funds for Bisbee Effluent Recharge project and the Coyote Wash Stormwater Management Project.
July 27, 2022

National forests with wildfire damage to get Infrastructure Act funds

The money will go towards reforestation
July 26, 2022

“Not here for some agrarian fantasy”

Arizona plays a big role in providing Americans with fresh greens year-round, and its farmers are feeling the pressure to keep that going while cutting down on water. It’s also not an easy place to start farming from scratch.
July 25, 2022

What will Arizona do as its share of Colorado River water diminishes?

We hear about efforts to reassess state allocations and what may come of a billion-dollar fund established this summer.
July 22, 2022

On the Colorado River the feds carry a big stick. Will the states get hit?

A summer deadline approaches for state leaders to agree on how to cut their water use.
July 22, 2022

Responding to federal pressure, Upper Colorado River states seek to bring back conservation program

Colorado River states are facing a deadline to cut their water use.
July 21, 2022

Wa:k–where the water goes in

The Tohono O’odham Nation and its predecessors, the Huhugam, have used canals to move water around Southern Arizona for millenia. Today, the Tohono O’odham Nation is looking into those older practices around water and bringing some back into the fold.
July 18, 2022

When you touch it, it gets worse

The City of Bisbee's antiquated water systems are slowing down the fire department in the face of longer and more dangerous wildfire seasons. Town leaders are looking to solve the problem while improving their water infrastructure on the whole.
July 18, 2022

Arizona National Guard fills sandbags to help prevent floods

Officials are worried about flooding in areas recently burned by wildfire.
July 17, 2022

The Buzz previews AZPM's new water podcast Tapped

Join us for a look at a new series that tells the stories of how we use water.
July 15, 2022

Pima County Issues Ground-Level Ozone Advisory

Thursday marks the second consecutive day of an advisory.
July 14, 2022
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