EPA’s ‘Waters’ rule fluid, as courts block enforcement in 26 states

After a years of fighting between administrations over the Clean Water Act, the on-again, off-again struggle over the Waters of the United States rule is on again. And off again, depending on where you live. Arizona is one of 24 states where the rule is in effect.


Phoenix turns to residents to come up with innovative solutions for providing chilled drinking water in public places

PHOENIX – The Phoenix Office of Innovation partnered with Venture Café to host the first Innovation Challenge. Five teams competed to come up with innovative solutions to provide chilled, drinking water to public places.

The judges decide a winner of Phoenix's Innovation Challenge on April 6, 2023. (Photo by Gianna Abdallah/Cronkite News)

As states continue to bicker, feds say Colorado River cuts are coming

With states unable to agree on a plan to share Colorado River water, the feds Tuesday released their own plans, with one alternative that would benefit California by following decades of agreements and another that would spread cuts evenly among the states.


Tribal leaders, lawmakers want new 1.1 million acre monument in Arizona

WASHINGTON - Tribal leaders joined state lawmakers Tuesday to call on President Joe Biden to set aside more than 1.1 million acres around the Grand Canyon as a new national monument.


As heat-related deaths soar in Arizona, cities, businesses and environmental activists launch tree-planting initiatives

PHOENIX – Deaths related to heat have soared in recent years in Arizona. Several cities, businesses and environmental groups believe that planting trees should be part of the solution.

The blue palo verde is Arizona's state tree. Several are shown in a neighborhood in North Phoenix. (Photo by Emily Mai/Cronkite News)

Arizona tribe to get millions in federal payouts for water conservation

The Gila River Indian Community could get up to $233 million in federal funding for water conservation, one of the first to get the money under a program aimed at encouraging water cutbacks in Arizona, California and Nevada.


Controversial Arizona bill would allow factories to treat their own water

PHOENIX – Nestlé supports Arizona bill, SB 1660, which would allow factories to treat their own water instead of going through water providers. The bill is sparking controversy.

Under SB 1660, industrial plants would not only be allowed to treat their wastewater on-site, but they would also earn long-term storage credits for treated water they put back in the aquifer. (Photo by Evelyn Nielsen/Cronkite News)

Phoenix community market creates space to support women entrepreneurs

PHOENIX - Heart and Soil People's Garden works to provide fresh produce for the south Phoenix community. The garden hosts monthly markets to support entrepreneurs, mostly women of color, and their businesses.

Kaila LePage picks an onion from the produce at the Heart and Soil People’s Garden in Phoenix on March 18, 2023. (Photo by Lauren Kobley/Cronkite News)

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.

Heavy rains led to bright green grasses around farms on March 10, 2023, near Strathmore, California. As a result of one of California's wettest winters on record, most of the state has gotten relief from years of drought. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

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.

The LA River story slam was held at the Frogtown Brewery. Guests were encouraged to shop, eat and drink. In the back were a frog-themed taco food truck and an “artist's alley.” It included art from Margaret Gallagher, Kris Mukai, Nova Community Arts and Emily Wallerstein. (Photo by Ayana Hamilton/Cronkite News)

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 Vice Mayor Yassamin Ansari speaks at the unveiling of a mural to honor Iranian women titled “Woman Life Freedom” in downtown Phoenix on Feb. 3, 2023. (Photo by Jack Wu/Cronkite News)