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US Department of Interior

An interactive website launched by the federal government explores 16 years of drought in the Colorado River Basin.

US Department of Interior

The public comment period is open for a proposed pipeline that would carry water from Lake Powell to southern Utah.


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Officials at Grand Canyon National Park want to change how the public accesses the area’s backcountry. They say increased visitation is stressing park resources and the canyon’s environment. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


Thomas G. Whitham

Northern Arizona University’s Southwest Experimental Garden Array will test out the idea of “prestoration”—a kind of ecological restoration that anticipates the expected future climate.


Melissa Sevigny

A study published last week identifies regions where climate change is likely to imperil the water supply. The Colorado River Basin is high on the list.  


Frank Talbott via AP

A massive slab of rock is threatening to come crashing down at the base of an Arizona dam.

State environment officials say tourists heading to Lake Powell for the Labor Day holiday need not worry about the quality of the water following a mine spill.

AP/Matt York

Arizona environmental officials say they don’t expect the Gold King Mine spill to have any negative impacts to the state’s watershed. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, they say Lake Powell will likely disperse the waste made up of several heavy metals.

Jerry McBride/Durango Herald

The toxic plume from the Gold King Mine spill in Colorado last week is no longer visible as it’s mixed with the murky San Juan River. Officials say it’s uncertain whether the polluted water has reached Lake Powell. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

Alan English

Two historical sites in Arizona have been labeled as “endangered” by a national organization. As Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo reports, the Grand Canyon and Oak Flat on the Tonto National Forest made the list of “America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.”

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