The Verde River runs through north and central Arizona and feeds into the Salt River. In recent years the Verde has seen sharply decreased flows due to prolonged drought in the Southwest as well as outdated, inefficient agricultural practices.
A nearly $3 million grant from the federal government will help restore parts of the Verde River. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the funds will boost a decade-long effort by conservation groups and farmers to increase sustainable water use on the river.
Diné College on the Navajo Nation will receive a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture as part of a tribal nutrition program. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the project is designed to combat high rates of diabetes and other health problems.
People raised in Arizona might be familiar with the five C’s that the state is known for, copper, cattle, cotton, citrus, and climate. As Arizona Public Radio’s Parker Olson reports, one of those five C’s is facing danger from a disease-spreading insect.
David Sharp and his brother grow 2,400 acres of alfalfa, wheat and cotton. He says alfalfa is a good rotation crop because it puts nitrogen back in the soil. There's also a big market for it in the U.S. and overseas.
Federal officials are cutting off water to some California farms stuck in the worst drought on record. At the same time Arizona farmers are irrigating their fields with the diminishing Colorado River. They’re using the water to grow most of the country’s winter vegetables, and even shipping some crops to China. In the final part of the series Pipe Dreams, a look at the controversy of indirectly exporting water overseas.