Sustainability

Feds post plan for endangered cactus, but recovery still a long way off

WASHINGTON - After 24 years of waiting, is the Pima pineapple cactus finally having its day in the sun? The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service this week released a draft recovery plan for the cactus that has been on the endangered species list since 1993. But even as they welcomed the announcement, conservation advocates said there is "a lot of work still to be done" to save the plant.

Feds remove Hualapai Mexican vole from endangered species list

WASHINGTON - Federal officials said Friday they will remove the Hualapai Mexican vole from the endangered species list after 30 years, a move that one environmental group criticized as "premature" for an animal it says could still be at risk.

Arizona urban parks stocked with 250,000 fish

PHOENIX – Arizona anglers can hook trout, bass and catfish at urban recreation areas in the Phoenix area and around the state after Arizona Game and Fish stocked waters with a quarter million fish.

How does water get treated?

PHOENIX – The Deer Valley Treatment Plant cleans, tests and pumps out 150 million gallons of water a day.

Pesticide-polluted water may hurt bee population

MESA – Farmers depend on honey bees to produce one-third of our food and drink, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. But experts say those same farmers may be killing those bees because of the pesticides they use.

Hot, dry temperatures drive wildfire dangers

PHOENIX – Soaring temperatures and dry conditions are increasing the danger of wildfires in Arizona. About 850 wildfires ripped through more than 200 square miles in Arizona this year, according to Jeff Whitney, director of the Arizona State Forestry Division.