8:40 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Pipe Dreams Part 3: Indirectly Exporting U.S. Water Overseas

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.
Credit Photo by Laurel Morales

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.

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10:49 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Pipe Dreams Part 2: The Future of Recycled Drinking Water

The treated water is disinfected under ultra-violet light bulbs in the final phase of reclamation.
Credit Laurel Morales

Most people are squeamish about the notion of consuming recycled wastewater. But experts say we might have to get used to the idea, given our current drought and the growing population in the Southwest. How does that water get clean enough to drink?

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9:02 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Pipe Dreams Part 1: Water Czar Leaves Big Legacy and Lessons for Dry Southwest

Pat Mulroy is retiring after 25 years of changing people's perceptions about water in the Southwest.
Credit Photo by Laurel Morales

California is coping with the worst drought in recorded history. California’s governor has asked state residents to cut back water use by 20 percent. The rest of the Southwest is also experiencing extreme to severe drought. In the first part of a water series we’re calling Pipe Dreams, Laurel Morales of our Changing America Desk went to Las Vegas to talk to a woman who has redefined water management in the west — outgoing water czar Pat Mulroy.

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KNAU and Arizona News
10:42 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Third Annual Dew Downtown Sparks Water-Use Dispute

Protestors gather near San Francisco Street in downtown Flagstaff during the third annual Dew Downtown.
Credit Photo by Aaron Granillo

This past weekend, downtown Flagstaff transformed into an urban snowboarding course for the third annual Dew Downtown event. And between all of the tricks, jumps, grinds and grabs, there was also controversy. As Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo reports, some locals were upset that the man-made snow for the course came from Flagstaff’s drinking water supply.

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12:35 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Border Water Report Calls For Action To Deal With Long-Term Drought

The Environmental, Economic and Health Status of Water Resources in the U.S.-Mexico Border Region

The ongoing drought in the U.S.-Mexico border region is showing no sign of letting up and may continue for years.

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3:58 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

US, Mexico To Sign Landmark Colorado River Agreement

The U.S. stores emergency water for Mexico at Lake Mead, the reservoir behind Hoover Dam near Las Vegas.
Credit Laurel Morales

The Hoover Dam was built to control the powerful Colorado River, which for many years flooded farms and cities.

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State Capitol News
10:23 am
Thu September 13, 2012

New Water Ruling Settles One Question and Raises Others

de:Benutzer:Alex Anlicker

There's an old saying in Arizona: Whiskey is for drinking and water is for fighting. And Arizonans have been doing that in the courts now for decades, trying to figure out who is entitled to the water that runs through the rivers and streams.

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State Capitol News
3:40 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

State Can't Claim Water Rights

The state Supreme Court today rebuffed efforts by the state to lay claim to water rights tied to its 9 million acres of trust land. 

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:00 am
Mon July 2, 2012

The Grand Canyon Needs New Pipes

The aging pipeline that carries water from the inner Grand Canyon to the rims has been damaged five times so far this year, leading to breaks. This break occurred in May.
Photo courtesy of the National Park Service.

Grand Canyon National Park has issued five warnings this year about water shortages due to pipeline breaks. That means so far, it’s actually been a good year for the aging water system that park officials are dying to replace. 

Imagine hiking in the Grand Canyon and seeing a geyser. There are no natural geysers at Grand Canyon. But up to 25 times a year, the pipes break that carry water from the Inner Canyon to the rims.

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KNAU and Arizona News
9:35 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Hopi Tribal Council Rejects Kyl's Water Settlement Bill

A crowd of more than 100 Hopis gathered Friday to hear former Hopi leaders speak out against a water settlement bill proposed by Sen. Jon Kyl.
Shelley Smithson

After a heated day-long meeting today, The Hopi Tribal council has voted to halt negotiations on a controversial water bill.

The 11-4 vote endorsed a resolution brought forth by former Hopi leaders. 

The leaders objected to the bill by Arizona’s U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl that would have settled Hopi claims to the Little Colorado River in exchange for water development projects.

Former Chairman Ivan Sidney declared that Kyl’s bill is now dead, because without all parties agreeing to the water settlement, Kyl has said he won’t move it forward in Congress.