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Unlike Western counterparts, Arizona rivers flowing less than normal

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Cascabel resident Anna Lands, with her dog Sally, take a relaxing hike through the San Pedro River. Flows in Tucson and around the state are diminishing earlier than usual. | Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star

By Tony Davis | Arizona Daily Star

While some Utah and Wyoming rivers are overflowing their banks, flows in many Arizona rivers are hovering well below normal.

From the San Pedro and Santa Cruz rivers in Southern Arizona to the Salt and Verde rivers north of Phoenix, flows are diminishing as they often do in the June dry season’s peak. In Upper Sabino Creek on Mount Lemmon, flows look more like they do at the end of June than in early June, three or four inches of water are still running there.

But authorities aren’t worried about short-term impacts to drinking water supplies. That’s in part because many rivers had above-average runoff during the winter and early spring. But the region’s ongoing, continuing long-term drought continues to have water officials watching the weather carefully.

Some examples of the state’s diminished flows:


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