Nature and Environment

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers weighs its authority over Rosemont Mine

Jan 21, 2021 The corps said it would consult with local tribes before making the decision, then it rescinded the invite.

Upper Colorado River drought plan triggered for first time

Jan 21, 2021 A recent federal forecast showed one of the river’s biggest reservoirs -- Lake Powell in Utah -- dropping below a critical threshold.

Forecasters: Rain, snow on tap for drought-weary Southwest

Jan 20, 2021 Drought stricken region badly needs the moisture

Predicted Arizona dry year could impact trees, cause fires

Jan 19, 2021 After driest year on record in 2020, no relief is in sight

Measuring Loneliness

Jan 15, 2021 Also on Arizona Spotlight: "See Me Serene" can add free positivity to your phone; The Cooper Center expands both online and in the desert; plus a song from Stories That Soar!

Apache Stronghold files temporary restraining order and lien to stop transfer of Oak Flat

Jan 14, 2021 The nonprofit argued in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that Western Apache own the religious site.

Land swap of Oak Flat due to start Friday

Jan 12, 2021 The transfer is opposed by San Carlos Apache tribal members who do not want it become a copper mine.

New letter asks Mexican officials to help stop border wall construction

Jan 12, 2021 As Trump visits the border for the last time in his presidency, groups say they want Mexico to stand against more wall.

When wildfire burns a high mountain forest, what happens to the snow?

Jan 11, 2021 Researchers are trying to understand the impacts to water sources from large fires.

After Congress approves new border wall funding, environmentalists consider next steps

Jan 8, 2021 The administration said it had completed 450 miles of border wall by the end of 2020.

National Weather Service: Dryness defined 2020 in Southwest

Jan 2, 2021 Record or near-record dryness across Arizona and the region

After the wall, border residents take stock of what's next

Dec 25, 2020 The Trump administration is expected to finish 450 miles of wall by the end of the year.

Colorado River watershed forecast looks very dry for start of 2021

Dec 22, 2020 The Colorado River’s largest reservoirs are likely to drop next year if demands stay the same.

Checking in on the health of the Santa Cruz River

Dec 18, 2020 Upgrades to the county’s wastewater treatment continue to improve the vitality of the river and the wildlife it supports.

State unveils draft legislation to create surface water protections

Dec 16, 2020 The process comes after the Trump administration's rollback of Clean Water Act protections.

State works to clean up chemical pollutants in Tucson water supply

Dec 11, 2020 ADEQ is addressing PFAS contamination of Tucson backup groundwater wells.

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