Tribal water infrastructure needs more than a one-time fix, senators told

The infusion of federal money for infrastructure projects is a welcome first step toward fixing deep problems with water systems on tribal lands, but it's only a first step, an Arizona official testified Wednesday.

SAG-AFTRA Arizona members rally as part of national strike for TV, film worker protections, higher wages

PHOENIX – The Arizona-Utah chapter of SAG-AFTRA held a rally in Phoenix on Sunday to support local actors, writers, and TV and film workers who are on strike. The national union has been on strike since July 14 in conjunction with the Writers’ Guild of America, which has been on strike since May 2. The strikes have stopped production on films and TV series.

Actress and comedian Saylor Billings tells jokes to the crowd at the SAG-AFTRA Arizona-Utah rally, on Sept. 17, 2023. (Photo by Kiersten Edgett/Cronkite News)

Arizona added 2,374 clean-energy jobs in 2022, near pre-pandemic levels

WASHINGTON - Arizona added more than 2,300 clean-energy industry jobs last year, falling just shy of the state's pre-pandemic employment levels but matching the nation for job growth in the sector, a new report said.

Arizona snail found only in Quitobaquito Springs may be listed as endangered

PHOENIX – A snail native to Arizona may be listed as an endangered species after known populations dropped largely due to drought and border wall construction. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing the Quitobaquito tryonia snail, found only at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in Pima County, be listed as an endangered species.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed the Quitobaquito Springs pond area at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument be listed as a critical habitat for the Quitobaquito tryonia snail, found only in Arizona. (Photo by Craig Stocks)

Appeals court again shoots down attempt to ban hunters’ use of lead shot

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Forest Service cannot be required to prohibit the use of lead shot by hunters in the Kaibab National Forest, a practice that environmentalists say can poison and kill wildlife, including critically endangered California condors.

Sierra Club report card lauds environmental funding, laments climate inaction

PHOENIX - The Sierra Club Grand Canyon Chapter's fall 2023 Environmental Report Card for the Arizona Legislature and governor gave most of the state’s legislators negative marks for climate inaction, but it praised the state budget’s climate initiatives.

Climate change has altered the natural pattern of droughts, making them more frequent, longer and more severe, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The Southwest is experiencing a 23-year megadrought. (File photo by Emma VandenEinde/Cronkite News)

Water-short cities want to use every last drop – even if it used to be sewage

In the Western U.S., cities with finite water supplies are finding creative new ways to stretch out the water they already have. For some, that means cleaning up sewage and putting it right back in the pipes that flow to homes and businesses.

A Colorado River artist is helping demystify the West’s water problems

The laws that govern our region’s rivers and reservoirs can be tough to wrap your mind around. But art, as seen in one painter’s depiction of the Colorado River, can create an emotional connection that helps people understand what’s at stake.

Feds ease Colorado River cuts after positive forecast, but work remains

Federal officials are easing water restrictions after an unusually snowy winter in the mountains helped replenish the beleaguered river and its reservoirs and led to new Colorado River forecasts from the Bureau of Reclamation.

These cities coordinate to save water, a model for parched Western areas

TUCSON - Officials say no single solution will solve the region’s long-term water security issues, so cities around Arizona are collaborating on water treatment plants and sharing data to better allocate water resources and adapt to a future with less Colorado River water.

As water regulations shift – again – advocates, officials work to cope

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court's ruling this summer in the Sackett case was supposed to clarify Clean Water Act regulations, but has instead left officials waiting and wondering what's next as federal regulators work our new Waters of the United States rules, due by Sept. 1.

Getting Colorado River water from California farms will take more than just money – just ask the farmers

California’s Imperial Valley is the single-largest water user along the Colorado River, and any plan to correct the river’s supply-demand imbalance will be nearly impossible without Imperial farmers on board. They say that for them to cut back on water use will take big payouts, and they have thoughts on how the money should be spent.