PHOENIX – Public hearings have begun over proposed changes to how the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages endangered Mexican wolves in Arizona and New Mexico. The hearings were spurred by a 2018 court ruling.
FLAGSTAFF – A water catchment is being rebuilt near Flagstaff to provide reliable water to wildlife. It’s part of an ongoing effort by Arizona Game & Fish and volunteers to make sure there’s water for animals during hot, dry times.
CASA GRANDE – Nancy Caywood has worked on her grandfather’s farm in Pinal County since she was young. She should have a full field of alfalfa now, but since the San Carlos Irrigation District shut off her water because of drought, her fields are empty and dry.
Vice President Kamala Harris met with regional leaders Monday at Lake Mead to discuss water shortages and the importance of the Build Back Better plan, which would invest in such measures as water reclamation and recycling.
PHOENIX – The Biden administration announced new guidelines to protect workers from extreme heat as climate change continues to push temperatures higher.
FLAGSTAFF – Overlanding is a form of self-sufficient, off-grid adventure travel that utilizes large vehicles and practices that pose a risk to the environment. The Overland Expo Foundation is striving to become more sustainable.
WASHINGTON - Arizona projects got $110 million last year and will get another $159 million in the fiscal year that started this month, or more than 9% of all funding nationally under the Great American Outdoors Act for those two years.
Debris from wildfires poses a threat to water sources, prompting cities to find ways to stem that sooty runoff. One method is to use helicopters to drop bundles of mulch on charred hillsides, but it’s costly.
PHOENIX – The results of Phoenix’s cool pavement study give reason for optimism, but researchers and project administrators say more testing is needed.
Beavers have shaped waterways for millions of years, which makes them capable water managers. But they “are not going to be the miracle answer” to drought in the Colorado River Basin, experts say.
WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden restored Bears Ears National Monument to its previous 1.36 million-acres footprint Friday, reversing a Trump-era decision to cut as much as 85% of the southern Utah site valued for its environmental, archeological and tribal treasures.
WASHINGTON – State and federal officials told a Senate panel Wednesday that there may be long-term solutions to the historic drought gripping the West, and the water shortages that come with it, but that the short-term outlook remains grim.