Flood or feast: Drought-busting storms create winners and losers among farmers
LOS ANGELES – A series of storms have lashed California and Arizona after years of drought. Some farmers, like those growing grapes for wine, welcome the deluge while others, like those growing strawberries, say they have hurt the harvest.
Arizona will fail clean-air standards if other states aren’t ‘good neighbors’
WASHINGTON - Arizona is doing all it can to improve air quality but will not meet federal standards as long as pollution from other jurisdictions can drift across its borders, the director of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality testified Wednesday.
Storytellers say LA River can become tool against climate change
LOS ANGELES – In Los Angeles' Frogtown, eco-minded activists gathered around at the local brewery to hear storytellers share their personal connection to the Los Angeles River, a once thriving and unifying water source for the people and wildlife was lined with concrete and fenced in 1938.
Phoenix council member and former U.N. climate adviser Yassamin Ansari pushes for climate action and sustainable energy
PHOENIX — She began her career as a policy adviser at the United Nations advocating for climate change. Now, as a Phoenix City Council member and vice mayor, Yassamin Ansari says that true progress toward a sustainable future starts at the local level.
Phoenix area flooding, road closures prompted by SRP water releases
PHOENIX – Winter storms have led SRP to increase water releases from two reservoirs on the Verde River that were already 83% full. That necessitated Wednesday’s releases as the reservoir system needs to be able to accommodate runoff expected in the coming weeks.
Arizona Game & Fish shows families how to enjoy nature at its annual Outdoor Expo in north Phoenix
PHOENIX — The Arizona Game and Fish Department hosts its annual Outdoor Expo at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility offering hands-on activities and presentations March 25-26.
Arizona Game and Fish asks volunteers to help eradicate invasive apple snails
MESA – People can help the Arizona Game and Fish Department control and stop the invasive apple snail by knocking down their pink egg masses from reeds or taking snails to the dumpster. The apple snails have been documented in several bodies of water in Arizona and are moving up the lower Salt River.
Attorneys say Resolution Copper Mine would ‘destroy’ worship at Oak Flat
WASHINGTON - Attorneys for Apache Stronghold told a federal appeals court Tuesday that the proposed Resolution Copper Mine would lead to the "complete physical destruction" of sacred lands at Oak Flat, a clear violation of religious liberty laws.
Justices grapple over Navajo water rights, government’s duty to tribe
WASHINGTON - Supreme Court justices pressed government attorneys Monday on their argument that the treaties that put the Navajo on reservation lands implied an intent - but not a duty - for the government to provide water to the tribe.
Supreme Court hears Navajo water rights case with potentially big impact
WASHINGTON - When the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Monday in Arizona v. Navajo Nation, it will be considering fairly technical legal questions, but the answers could have a large impact on water allocation in the Colorado River basin.
California to store more rainwater as it vies with Arizona for flow from Colorado River
LOS ANGELES – California is taking advantage of extreme weather with a new approach: Let it settle back into the earth for use another day. As the latest batch of storms lashed the Golden State, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order this week to hasten projects that use rainwater to recharge aquifers, reversing decades of an emphasis on channeling it into drains and out to sea.
Annual count shows Mexican wolf population reaches record numbers
PHOENIX — The 2022 annual Mexican wolf count shows the population reaching record numbers, with 241 wolves for the first time since the beginning of the program.