Phoenix fellowship cultivating the next generation of urban farmers

PHOENIX – The Phoenix Urban Agriculture Fellowship Program pairs urban farmers who are struggling to find apprentices with the next generation of urban farmers. Project Roots in south Phoenix is training one of nine fellows.


Blankets of color harder to find during Arizona’s subpar wildflower season

APACHE JUNCTION – Arizona’s wildflower season has been affected by our dry winter. This year’s color show is a far cry from the “superbloom” of 2019.


Arizona to endure another hot, dry spring as droughts persist

Arizonans hoping for a break this spring from the drought gripping the state will be disappointed, with climatologists calling for minor to exceptional drought conditions, what one calls the state's "new normal."


Extinction is forever: Seed banks build biodiversity in the face of climate change

With changing environments and weather conditions, some plants have a hard time adapting to change and could become endangered and eventually extinct. Seed banks are preserving species and helping secure biodiversity within our changing environment.


Two Arizona tribal leaders make case for critically needed water projects

WASHINGTON – Leaders of two Arizona tribes asked lawmakers Wednesday to support funding for development of critical water infrastructure and to OK a bill that would let tribal water be sold to others in the drought-stricken state.


Recycling solar panels is complicated. Here’s how one Yuma company does it.

YUMA – We Recycle Solar in Yuma is recycling solar panel waste, but there is more to be done to ensure a safe and eco-friendly process as solar power gains popularity worldwide and its waste grows.


Drop in Lake Powell could threaten power production as well as water supplies

PHOENIX – Lake Powell’s water levels have dropped below 3,525 feet for the first time in almost 50 years. The low level threatens to disrupt hydroelectricity produced by turbines in Glen Canyon Dam.


Building a new reservoir takes a lot of time, trucks and rock – but is there enough water?

The Chimney Hollow Reservoir west of Loveland will include the tallest dam built in the U.S. in 25 years and is meant to shore up water supplies for thousands of people in northern Colorado, but opponents wonder whether there will be enough water to keep it filled.


What’s ‘average’? Snowpack determines health of Colorado River, and our understanding of it is changing

ASPEN, Colo. – The NOAA has almost a century of data on the snowpack that feeds the Colorado River, and it shows lighter snows and higher temperatures over time. But we compare temperature and precipitation totals to 30-year averages that shift every decade, which may be skewing our understanding of snowpack dynamics.


Reversing the desert: How an Arizona engineer is trying to heal the land and protect water

RED ROCK – A civil engineer in southern Arizona is looking at nature’s systems to reverse deserts, heal watersheds and revitalize arid land with holistic land management practices.


Mystery of the monarchs: Western butterfly populations stage remarkable comeback

Monarch populations have been rocky over the past two decades but this year, thousands of monarch butterflies migrated west. Scientists still don’t understand why the population changes dramatically each year, but they still are urging people to make conservation efforts.


Uranium mine near Grand Canyon permitted by court, despite mining ban

WASHINGTON - A federal court ruled Tuesday that a uranium mine near the Grand Canyon can operate, even though it sits on 1 million acres that the federal government has declared off-limits to new mining.