Water and environmental news

Ponderosa Pine at risk due to megadrought

Jun 9, 2023 New research shows that the species is facing higher mortality rates due to the drought.

ADEQ, fire departments dispose over 6,000 gallons of firefoam containing PFAS

Jun 9, 2023 The collaboration comes from the AFFF Take Back and Replace pilot-program

Officials looking into turning on border lights

Jun 9, 2023 Customs and Border Protection says it’s looking at turning on lights on the border wall and installing more, just days after an environmental group releases a study and urges officials to remove the lights due to the effects they could have on wildlife.

New report counts 1,800 stadium lights near threatened species' habitat

Jun 6, 2023 The Center for Biological Diversity counted lights across 60 miles of protected lands on the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona. While currently not operational, if turned on, they could affect more than a dozen endangered and threatened species in the region.

The Buzz: Efforts to make Chiricahua National Monument a national park

Jun 2, 2023 Will the Wonderland of Rocks could become Arizona’s Fourth National Park?

Arizona to restrict some new construction in fast-growing areas of Phoenix reliant on groundwater

Jun 1, 2023 Officials said the move would not affect existing homeowners who already have assured water supplies.

Arizona AG Kris Mayes sues manufacturers for PFAS contamination

May 30, 2023 The companies have known about the 'forever chemicals' for decades

Judge says fire retardant drops are polluting streams but allows use to continue

May 26, 2023 The ruling Friday from U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen came after environmentalists sued the government for dropping the red slurry material into waterways hundreds of times over the past decade.

Coexisting in rural spaces

May 25, 2023 How the Mexican Wolf Recovery Program is succeeding.

Tucson signs agreement to use less Colorado River water

May 24, 2023 The voluntary deal offers the City of Tucson $400 per acre-foot as compensation for every unit conserved.

At Lake Powell, record low water levels reveal an 'amazing silver lining'

May 23, 2023 Water managers are under pressure to keep water flowing through hydroelectric turbines within Glen Canyon Dam, which holds back Powell.

Cochise County educators get the chance to work with a new environment curriculum

May 23, 2023 Officials said it’s critical that the next generation gain a tangible understanding of the environment, and what factors impact that environment.

California, Arizona, Nevada offer landmark drought deal to use less Colorado River water — for now

May 22, 2023 The plan would conserve an additional 3 million acre-feet of water through 2026, when current guidelines for how the river is shared expire.

Chiricahua National Park proposal moving in the U.S. Senate

May 18, 2023 The proposal is headed to the full Senate.

US greenlights major transmission line for renewable energy in Arizona and other Western states

May 18, 2023 The announcement comes just about a year after an environmental review was completed as part of a broader effort by the Biden administration to clear the way for major transmission projects in the West.

Plastic waste into construction blocks: Tucson strives for zero-waste model

May 16, 2023 Tucson city council unanimously approved an agreement with ByFusion to convert plastic waste into construction-grade building blocks.

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