Sustainability

Turf battle: Hydrogels could help ASU West save water and money

GLENDALE – Potassium-based granules that suck up water and release it when needed are being injected into ASU West soccer fields, which use 11 million gallons a year.


Teamwork will be key to balancing the overcommitted Colorado River

PHOENIX – Conservation and innovation, along with historic partnerships among the Colorado River Basin states, will be needed to eliminate the difference between what’s been promised and what’s actually in the riverbed.


Feds say tiny snail in Utah, Arizona can no longer be listed as endangered

WASHINGTON - The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service said it plans to take the Kanab ambersnail, a tiny snail found in just three sites in the Colorado River watershed, off the list of endangered species in light ot new evidence that the snail is not genetically different from other, more common ambersnails.


The Colorado River is overcommitted – here’s how that happened

PHOENIX – When Western leaders divided up the life-giving waters of the Colorado River in the 1920s, they overestimated how much water was available. That “structural deficit” of 1.5 million acre-feet plays a role in the river’s dire situation today.


NASA’s search for life on Mars is joined by scientists from Arizona

PHOENIX – Scientists at Arizona State University and the USGS Astrogeology Science Center in Flagstaff are working on a new Mars rover that they hope will be the first to bring samples back to Earth.


Farmers switch irrigation to save water, keep the Colorado River from growing saltier

PAONIA, Colorado – Microsprinklers are replacing flood irrigation along some parts of Colorado’s Western Slope, which is saving farmers water and reducing the amount of salt and selenium flowing each year into the Colorado River.


Feds waived environment, other regs on 90 miles of state border in 2019

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration waived environmental and other regulations on nearly one quarter of Arizona's border with Mexico last year to ease the way for border wall construction, a review of government documents shows.


Snowbirds: Why are white pelicans wintering in Arizona?

PHOENIX – Decreasing water levels in white pelicans’ natural habitats are forcing the wetland birds to migrate to find refuge in the Arizona’s maintained lakes.


Navajo Generating Station, coal mine face years of breakdown, cleanup

WASHINGTON - They may have turned out the lights, but the party's not over at the Navajo Generating Station and Kayenta coal mine. The facilities' owners face years of decommissioning and cleanup and possible decades of environmental monitoring of the sites, which closed for good this fall.