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As the Colorado River Basin dries, can an accidental oasis survive?

CIÉNEGA DE SANTA CLARA, Mexico – More than 40 years ago, agricultural runoff diverted to northern Mexico created the largest wetland in the Sonoran Desert. But as water becomes ever more scarce, can it survive?


Final 100 miles of the Colorado highlight how badly the river is overtaxed

SAN LUIS RIO COLORADO, Mexico – By the time the Colorado River reaches the border with Mexico, it’s pretty much spent. Ninety percent of the river’s water is used in the U.S., which has dramatic effects on northern Mexico.


Arizona supports ‘Waters of U.S.’ rule change, but wants to delay enactment

PHOENIX – Arizona supports a proposed federal rule change redefining what’s considered a “Water of the United States,” but is asking for more time.


Advocacy group: Gila River is America’s most endangered

PHOENIX – The Gila River faces a consequential year in 2019. It is the deadline to finalize an environmental review for a Gila River diversion project in New Mexico. The project has long been up in the air.

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Change to Clean Water Act would have repercussions, even in the arid West

TONTO NATIONAL FOREST – The Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers have proposed a reversal of Obama-era definitions in the 1972 Clean Water Act.


In the land of coal, Navajo Nation looks to renewable energy

FLAGSTAFF – The Navajo Tribe has long been dependent on coal for good jobs, but its leaders now are embracing renewable energy sources, including solar.


Climate experts want science embedded in local decisions

PHOENIX – A group of scientists, climate experts, and government officials from around the country want to make what we know about climate change more integrated with run-of-the-mill choices about infrastructure and zoning. It would be a sort of climate service, akin to the National Weather Service.


Republicans blast Green New Deal, Democrats say GOP is playing politics

WASHINGTON - Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema was one of just three Democrats to vote against the "Green New Deal," as the expansive environmental bill faced its first test vote in the Senate and a renewed round of criticism from Republicans who called it a job killer


McSally talks about sexual assault task force, funding for border wall

GLENDALE – Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., speaks about a task force that aims to combat sexual assault in the military and funding for a border wall.


To finish drought plan, Colorado River water managers ask Congress for approval

GREELEY, Colo. – Water managers in the Colorado River Basin are a step closer to approval of a drought contingency plan meant to buy the Southwest more time to adjust to climate change and overuse of scarce resources.


Supreme Court upholds law denying bail to some undocumented immigrants

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that some undocumented immigrants can be held without bail, possibly years after they have committed a deportable crime, while authorities determine their deportation status, a ruling critics said could open the door to abuse.

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Pentagon could divert $30 million Fort Huachuca project to border wall

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon has identified $150 million of military construction projects in Arizona that could be tapped to fund a border wall, with a $30 million project at Fort Huachuca the likeliest target in the state, under President Donald Trump's declaration of a nationa border emergency.