Water and environmental news

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.

Efforts to remove invasive giant reed in Arizona rivers and lakes continues with Department of Forestry grants

May 14, 2023 The invasive species brought to the U.S. from Southeast Asia, is wreaking havoc in about 30 mostly warm-weather states in the South and West, including Arizona.

The Buzz: Battling the Urban Heat Island Effect in Arizona

May 12, 2023 The cities we've built retain the desert heat and make conditions even warmer. How do we cool things off as temperatures warm?

Forest service officials look for Molino 2 Wildfire suspect.

May 2, 2023 Video evidence has been released.

University of Arizona hurricane researchers predict above-average season ahead

May 1, 2023 They say the number of named hurricanes could reach a mark set in 2017.

The Buzz: A wet winter brings increased wildfire danger

Apr 28, 2023 Experts give a fire outlook and talk about recovery.

An extra pulse of water is flowing into Grand Canyon after a wet winter

Apr 27, 2023 This experiment is the first since 2018 and comes in response to forecasts for an above-average spring snowmelt in the Rocky Mountains.

Water permits for Saudi Arabia-owned farm in Arizona revoked

Apr 22, 2023 Attorney General Kris Mayes says her office discovered inconsistencies in the applications for the new wells for the company Fondomonte Arizona LLC.

Wildife gate and fence complete in Oro Valley

Apr 20, 2023 It is the first of its kind in the Southern Arizona.

Tucson to begin returning ancestral lands to Tohono O’odham Nation

Apr 19, 2023 City council unanimously moved to direct the city attorney to present a plan for approval at the next council meeting.

EXPLAINER: What might Colorado River cuts mean for states?

Apr 15, 2023 In recent years, an imbalance between the river’s flows and how much water users are promised has forced federal officials to consider steps never taken before.

Truck driver who caused toxic spill on I-10 was well over legal limit for alcohol at the time of the crash

Apr 14, 2023 Autopsy results show Rickey Immel had a blood-alcohol level almost eight times the limit for commercial drivers

Regional environmental groups ask courts to reconsider EPA approval of pesticide.

Apr 12, 2023 The petition was filed in the Ninth Circuit.

Without agreement among states, federal officials say Colorado River cuts are coming

Apr 11, 2023 Record low levels at Lake Mead and Lake Powell prompted the federal government to look at how it might impose cuts to keep hydropower generation going at the nation’s largest reservoirs.

Grand Canyon delays opening of North Rim due to snowfall

Apr 9, 2023 Like other parts of the West, northern Arizona received an abundance of snow over the winter.

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