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Rising temperatures are taking a worsening toll on the Colorado River, study finds

Posted by   /  February 22, 2020  /  Water  /  No Comments

Scientists  focused on the role of snow cover as a “protective shield” for water in the river basin./phys.org By Ian James | The Republic  Scientists have documented how climate change is sapping the Colorado River, and new research shows the river is so sensitive to warming that it could lose about one-fourth of its flow by […]

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Arizona Senate committee shelves groundwater bill after impassioned debate

Posted by   /  February 21, 2020  /  2020 Legislature, Water  /  No Comments

Aquifers containing groundwater help cities manage their water supplies. By Ian James | The Republic  State senators heard impassioned pleas from supporters of proposed legislation that would make it easier for Arizona water regulators to limit well-drilling in farming areas where groundwater levels are falling. But in the end, the bill was set aside, its […]

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Regional News: Trump signs order diverting water to California farmers against state wishes

Posted by   /  February 20, 2020  /  Regional News, Water  /  No Comments

Site of the potential intake for the delta tunnel project in the north Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, near Freeport. /Katie Cahill /CNS By Rebecca Beitsch | The Hill President Trump on Wednesday signed an order in California to re-engineer the state’s water plans, completing a campaign promise to funnel water from the north to a thirsty […]

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Groups plan to sue over federal change that guts protections for Arizona

Posted by   /  February 20, 2020  /  Water  /  No Comments

By Elizabeth Whitman | Phoenix New Times More than a dozen conservation groups, including the Tucson-based Center for Biological Diversity, announced plans Tuesday to sue the Trump administration over its rollback of a federal rule aimed at protecting rivers and streams across the United States. In Arizona, curbing that rule, Waters of the United States, eliminates protections for more than […]

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Ranchers, environmentalists on collision course in defining ‘waterway’

Posted by   /  February 17, 2020  /  Water  /  No Comments

A beaver dam on the San Pedro River Southeastern Arizona. The river flows north out of Sonora, Mexico. A recent change in federal rules will require Arizona to define what is a waterway./PHOTO BY HOLLY RICHTER/NATURE CONSERVANCY By Andrew Nicla via Arizona Capitol Times A beaver dam on the San Pedro River Southeastern Arizona. The […]

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As groundwater depletes, arid American west is moving east

Posted by   /  February 15, 2020  /  Water  /  No Comments

Loss of groundwater may accelerate drying trends in the eastern United States, according to research that applied supercomputing to create an in-depth model of how groundwater will respond to warming. By Daniel Stolte | University of Arizona Communications   Depletion of groundwater will be more disruptive to vegetation, streams and rivers in the eastern U.S. than […]

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Metro Phoenix cities don’t have equal access to water. See how your city stacks up.

Posted by   /  February 12, 2020  /  Water  /  No Comments

The Central Arizona Project aqueduct system, shown meandering west of Phoenix, diverts Colorado River water to cities, farms and tribes in Central and Southern Arizona. /Ross D. Franklin / The Associated Press 2010 By Joshua Bowling | Arizona Republic Where water flows, development follows. The Hohokam long ago carved canals through the Phoenix area to […]

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State lawmakers and industry talk water stewardship

Posted by   /  February 11, 2020  /  Water  /  No Comments

By Victoria Harker | Chamber Business News Representatives from Arizona’s most sustainable companies — Microsoft, Intel, Arizona Public Service, Ewing Irrigation, Salt River Project and others — met with legislative leaders at the state Capitol last week to talk about the state’s water supply and how to protect it for future development.  Businesses will continue […]

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Buckeye is the nation’s fastest-growing city. But it doesn’t have the water to keep it up

Posted by   /  February 11, 2020  /  Water  /  No Comments

File photo By Joshua Bowling | Arizona Republic Mike Ingram looks at raw desert west of the White Tank Mountains, some 40 miles west of Phoenix, where brush clings to brown soil and cactuses stretch toward blue sky, and envisions tens of thousands of homes. Ingram, founder and chairman of Scottsdale-based El Dorado Holdings, manages the ambitious Douglas Ranch master-planned community […]

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Water management fixes won’t come soon for Arizona, experts say

Posted by   /  February 10, 2020  /  Water  /  No Comments

By Tony Davis | Arizona Daily Star Overhauling a state water program that allows new suburban developments to sprout on pumped groundwater will likely take years — if it ever happens. While concern is mounting about “unintended consequences” of the 1993 law that set this program up, the law’s complexity and its strong support from […]

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