The Environmental Protection Agency is considering an update to the federal Clean Water Act. But, as Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, an Arizona congressman is trying to prevent that change from going into effect.

The Environmental Protection Agency is revising the Clean Water Act to clarify which waters are protected. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, both of Arizona’s U.S. senators see the agency’s move as an expansion of federal environmental regulation that could harm the state’s economy.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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

US, Mexico To Sign Landmark Colorado River Agreement

Nov 19, 2012
Laurel Morales

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

New Water Ruling Settles One Question and Raises Others

Sep 13, 2012
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.

State Can't Claim Water Rights

Sep 12, 2012

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.