Sep 23, 2023

Water cuts force Pinal County farmers to scale back

Farmers in Pinal County left swathes of land unplanted following Colorado River water cuts. Now yielding fewer crops, they’re forced to find alternative ways to survive, as agriculture faces  a bleaker future. 

Sep 22, 2023

Process starts for new era managing Colorado River

Stakeholders sharing the Colorado River have started sending their water policy wish lists to the Bureau of Reclamation as they negotiate new river use guidelines. 

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Aug 7, 2023

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

As regulators and advocates grapple with the fallout of a Supreme Court ruling that narrowed the Clean Water Act, water lawyer Rhett Larson offers a calming bit of advice: Be like Bruce Lee.

water, Imperial Valley, Arizona, Colorado River, California, drought
Aug 3, 2023

Getting Colorado River water from California farms will take more than just money

The Imperial Valley produces $2.9 billion in crops and livestock each year. That’s because the valley’s Imperial Irrigation District holds the largest single allocation of Colorado River water – bigger than any other farming district or city between Wyoming and Mexico. But now, that water allocation is under increasing scrutiny from water managers looking to cut back on water use and correct[...]

drought, Colorado River,
Jul 19, 2023

Feds choose new water and science deputy to focus on drought resilience

The U.S. Interior Department has tapped an official with the federal government's water management bureau to serve as a deputy assistant secretary for water and science.

Department of the Interior, Colorado River, resigns
Jul 12, 2023

Interior Department official with key role in Colorado River talks is stepping down

A senior Interior Department official who has had a key role in negotiations over the shrinking Colorado River plans to step down from the job next week.

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Jul 11, 2023

Meet the Colorado River’s newest – and youngest – power player

JB Hamby is a water policy bigwig, who helps shape policies that define how water is used by arguably the most influential water users along the Colorado River. He serves on the board of directors for the Imperial Irrigation District and was recently appointed to be California’s top water negotiator. And he’s only 27 years old.

Lake Powell, Colorado River
Jul 4, 2023

At Lake Powell, record low water levels revealed an ‘amazing silver lining’

If you want to see the Colorado River change in real time, head to Lake Powell.

Colorado River, Lake Mead, Arizona, water cuts, drought
Jun 26, 2023

Climate adaptation in Arizona will require more than just federal funding, luck

The federal government just reached a historic deal with California, Arizona, and Nevada to provide cities, irrigation districts, and tribal governments with around $1.2 billion to temporarily use less water from the Colorado River. In Arizona, these solutions will require unpopular political decisions – and there isn’t much time to enact them.

renewable energy, APS, SRP
Jun 23, 2023

SRP must transition to clean, renewable energy – now   

As state elected officials, community leaders, and most importantly – parents, we are concerned about the future of our children, and believe it’s time for our utilities to start acting with some urgency. 

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Jun 23, 2023

Arizona’s water future depends on new supplies 

None of us has a crystal ball, but we can be certain that our water future will require a variety of adaptive changes.   

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Jun 22, 2023

Supreme Court rules against Navajo Nation in Colorado River water rights case

The Supreme Court ruled against the Navajo Nation on Thursday in a dispute involving water from the drought-stricken Colorado River.