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Regional News: Newsom seeks peace with Trump in California water wars. Enviros are ready to fight

Posted by   /  February 6, 2020  /  Regional News, Water  /  No Comments

 The Environmental Protection Agency has blamed the homeless crisis in California for failing to stop water pollution. Photograph: /Frederic J Brown/AFP/Getty Images By Ryan Sabalow, Dale Kasler and Sophia Bollag | Sacramento Bee Two months ago, Gov. Gavin Newsom seemed poised to file yet another suit against President Donald Trump — this time, over a […]

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Rare talks to avoid lawsuit may pit Fort Huachuca jobs vs. San Pedro water needs

Posted by   /  February 6, 2020  /  Real Estate, Water  /  No Comments

Cut down trees at the San Pedro River crossing at the US-Mexico border on Feb. 3, 2020 as border wall construction begins over the river. /Photo: Courtesy of Jeff Sturges By Tony Davis | Arizona Daily Star Fort Huachuca and environmentalists are willing to hold rare negotiations to avoid another lawsuit, potentially pitting the preservation […]

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NAU researchers develop new way to protect Grand Canyon water

Posted by   /  February 4, 2020  /  Water  /  No Comments

Natalie Jones, a research technician partially funded by NAU and the National Park Service. By Scott Buffon |Arizona Daily Sun The Grand Canyon National Park has only one source of drinking water, and despite how important that water is for the 6 million people who visited the park last year, no one is quite sure […]

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Guest Column: Arizona’s budget must reflect our water challenges

Posted by   /  February 2, 2020  /  Water  /  No Comments

The Arizona Dept. of Water Resources suffered deep budget cuts following the Great Recession that continue to constrain its operations and, perhaps more importantly, its ability to ensure long-term, reliable water supplies to support Arizona’s economy. By Ellen O’Brien & Christopher Kuzdas | Arizona Capitol Times (Editor’s note: Opinion pieces are published for discussion purposes only.) […]

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Pinal groundwater model in the works

Posted by   /  January 30, 2020  /  Water  /  No Comments

By Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa | Casa Grande Dispatch Local water stakeholders got an update on plans for a separate and more detailed groundwater model for parts of Pinal County Wednesday morning from the Pinal Partnership organization. The Eloy and Maricopa-Stanfield Basin model is being created by a collaboration between Pinal Partnership, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, […]

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Bill would block transfers of Colorado River water from rural areas to growing cities

Posted by   /  January 28, 2020  /  Government and Politics, Water  /  No Comments

Colorado River Sunset, Glen Canyon Dam,/ By Romain Guy By Ian James | Arizona Republic A company’s proposal to take water from farmland along the Colorado River and sell it to a growing Phoenix suburb has provoked a heated debate, and some Arizona legislators are trying to block the deal with a bill that would […]

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Arizona’s water system for suburban growth heads toward ‘train wreck,’ Babbitt says

Posted by   /  January 26, 2020  /  Water  /  No Comments

By Tony Davis | Arizona Daily Star A water management district created by a 1993 state law that allowed massive subdivisions to spread into the outer suburbs of Tucson and Phoenix is now heading for a “train wreck,” warns former Arizona Governor and Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt. Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers, who like Babbitt […]

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REGIONAL NEWS: EPA water rule change called disastrous for New Mexico

Posted by   /  January 24, 2020  /  Government and Politics, Regional News, Water  /  No Comments

Rio Grande running near San Antonio, N.M. (It’s even higher now than when this picture was snapped a week or so ago./ Laura Paskus By Danielle Prokop | Santa Fe New Mexican A majority of New Mexico’s waterways and wetlands will lose federal pollution protections under the Environmental Protection Agency’s final “U.S. Waters” rule unveiled […]

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Phoenix water pipeline likely to avoid precious preserve lands

Posted by   /  January 21, 2020  /  Real Estate, Water  /  No Comments

A Phoenix Water Services project will most likely still go through the Phoenix Mountain Preserve, but an alternative route has been announced to slightly change the plans. / Photo by Arianna Grainey / Independent Newsmedia Confluence of comprise, advocacy may result in citizen win By Melissa Rosequist | Daily Independent A resolution is in the works […]

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Arizona lawmakers want to use casino agreements to force tribes to settle water disputes

Posted by   /  January 18, 2020  /  Government and Politics, Water  /  No Comments

By Ryan Randazzo and Andrew Oxford | Arizona Republic  Republican leaders at the Arizona Legislature are proposing that tribes with outstanding water disputes with the state be forced to settle those claims before they can renegotiate the number of slots and games they offer at casinos. That’s the idea behind House Bill 2447, sponsored by […]

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