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In southeastern Arizona, farms drill a half-mile deep while families pay the price

Posted by   /  December 6, 2019  /  Water  /  No Comments

Disclosure: Rose Law Group represents Fondomonte By Ian James, and Rob O’Dell | Arizona Republic Richard Wilson was in his kitchen making coffee and getting ready for work one July morning when he heard his wife, Julie, call out from the shower.  She had just finished rinsing off when the water stopped.  “I started hollering for him: […]

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In western Arizona, corporate megafarms turn water into profits, leaving small towns in the dust

Posted by   /  December 6, 2019  /  Water  /  No Comments

Disclosure: Rose Law Group represents Fondomonte By Rob O’Dell, and Ian James | Arizona Republic It was a triumph for the eight-man Salome High School football team. Clad in all green uniforms except for white helmets and socks, the Frogs smashed opponent Mayer 60-0 in front of a raucous homecoming crowd.  Everything for the Frogs […]

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For decades, groundwater beneath Arizona’s big cities has been spared. That’s about to change

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Central Arizona Project canal. / File Photo Disclosure: Rose Law Group represents Fondomonte By Rob O’Dell, and Ian James | Arizona Republic While groundwater is rapidly falling in rural farming communities across Arizona, Phoenix, Tucson and other cities haven’t reached that desperate situation.  That’s because in the urban areas of the state — where there are rules limiting […]

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These 7 industrial farm operations are draining Arizona’s aquifers, and no one knows exactly how much they’re taking

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Disclosure: Rose Law Group represents Fondomonte By Rob O’Dell, and Ian James | Arizona Republic The last time Regina Cobb traveled east of the Kingman airport toward the Peacock Mountains, the area was mostly unspoiled desert where cattle grazed on the sparse Mojave Desert vegetation.  She had driven up the dusty rural road to store a bighorn […]

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Megafarms and deeper wells are draining the water beneath rural Arizona – quietly, irreversibly

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Disclosure: Rose Law Group represents Fondomonte By Ian James, and Rob O’Dell | Arizona Republic Vast expanses of lush green fields are multiplying in the Arizona desert, forming agricultural empires nourished with billions of gallons of groundwater in the otherwise parched landscape.  Arizona’s groundwater levels are plummeting in many areas. The problem is especially severe in […]

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Politicians knew the inconvenient truth about the Colorado River 100 years ago — and ignored it

Posted by   /  December 6, 2019  /  Water  /  No Comments

U.S. Geological Survey By Naveena Sadasivam | grist Earlier this year, the seven states that depend on the Colorado River made history. For the first time, Arizona, California, Utah, Nevada, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico agreed to find ways to reduce the amount of water they draw from the river as levels drop further at […]

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Arizona abandons controversial effort to manage Clean Water Act permit program

Posted by   /  December 4, 2019  /  Water  /  No Comments

Fossil Creek in the Coconino National Forest in Arizona. /U.S. Forest Service via Flickr By Elizabeth Whitman | Phoenix New Times In a major reversal, the state of Arizona halted its efforts to take over a Clean Water Act program regulating dumping into streams, rivers, and other waterways, the Department of Environmental Quality announced December […]

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Regional News: Protecting Rio Grande personal for ‘River Daddy’

Posted by   /  November 30, 2019  /  Regional News, Water  /  No Comments

Steve Harris stands beside a bus he uses to store rafting equipment. Harris continues to educate people about rivers and warns that overuse is putting the ecosystems at risk. /Olivia HarlowThe New Mexican By Michael Gerstein | Santa Fe New Mexican Steve Harris’ backyard is drying up. The cigar-smoking river guru considers the Rio Grande […]

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Florence aims to be model of Southwest water policy

Posted by   /  November 29, 2019  /  Water  /  No Comments

Surrounded by fellow town officials, teachers and seventh graders studying the water cycle, Mayor Tara Walter cuts the ribbon to celebrate the town’s new water recharge area Oct. 15 behind the town’s south wastewater treatment plant./Mark Cowling/PinalCentral By Mark Cowling | PinalCentral While the county and state fret over dwindling water, the town of Florence […]

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Historically left out of Western water talks, tribes intend to have greater influence in future

Posted by   /  November 29, 2019  /  Water  /  No Comments

A canal carries Colorado River water to farmland near Poston, owned and operated by the Colorado River Indian Tribes, a key player in Arizona’s completion of the Drought Contingency Plan. /Photo by Luke Runyon/KUNC By Luke Runyon | KUNC  Earlier this year, Arizona, one of seven states that rely on the Colorado River, was in […]

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