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Can the Colorado River Sustain More Population Growth?

Can the Colorado River Sustain More Population Growth?

News reports about the Colorado River over the last few months have been intense and depressing. The first ever “cuts” in water deliveries out of the river to Arizona and Nevada took hold last week, with more cuts likely coming to more states. The ongoing 20-year drought, with the likelihood that climate change is the […]

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    Trump Administration Delays Construction of Border Wall in Arizona Wildlife Preserve

    Trump Administration Delays Construction of Border Wall in Arizona Wildlife Preserve

    The Trump administration is delaying construction on its long-promised border wall that would cut through protected stretches of the Arizona desert. The Department of Homeland Security was scheduled to replace waist-high barriers with taller fencing in a wildlife refuge, national monument and conservation area later this month. However, government attorneys filed a brief this week […]

    Navajo Nation Won’t Buy Coal-Fired Plant

    Navajo Nation Won’t Buy Coal-Fired Plant

    The Navajo Nation has decided to stop pursuing the acquisition of a beleaguered coal-fired power plant in Arizona, locking in the plant to be taken offline and its associated coal mine to close later this year. A Navajo Nation Council committee voted 11-9 last week to stop pursuing the purchase of the 2,250-megawatt Navajo Generating […]

    Massive Arizona Sprawl Development Threatens ‘Oasis in the Desert’

    Massive Arizona Sprawl Development Threatens ‘Oasis in the Desert’

    Conservation groups filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ approval of a permit that allows a huge master-planned sprawl development project near Benson, Arizona to proceed. The Villages at Vigneto would transform 12,167 acres of largely undeveloped habitat into 28,000 residences, 3 million square feet of commercial space, four golf courses, […]

    To Preserve National Parks in a Warming World, Reconnect Fragmented Public Lands

    To Preserve National Parks in a Warming World, Reconnect Fragmented Public Lands

    By Stephen Nash The Trump administration’s decision to keep many U.S. national parks open during the current federal government shutdown, with few or no staff, spotlights how popular and how vulnerable these unique places are. Some states, such as Utah and Arizona, have spent heavily to keep parks open rather than lose tourist revenues. Unfortunately, […]

    2019 Will Be a Big Year for Water

    2019 Will Be a Big Year for Water

    By Tara Lohan In the last few weeks of 2018, the Trump administration set the stage for a big battle over water in the new year. At stake is an important rule that defines which waters are protected under the Clean Water Act. The Trump administration seeks to roll back important protections for wetlands and […]

    9 Renewable Energy Highlights of 2018

    9 Renewable Energy Highlights of 2018

    By Jeff Deyette Despite the Trump administration’s ongoing attempts to prop up coal and undermine renewables—at FERC, EPA and through tariffs and the budget process—2018 should instead be remembered for the surge in momentum toward a clean energy economy. Here are nine storylines that caught my attention this past year and help illustrate the unstoppable […]

    What Kyrsten Sinema’s Historic Win Could Mean for the Environment

    What Kyrsten Sinema’s Historic Win Could Mean for the Environment

    A little less than a week after the midterm election, Democrat Kyrsten Sinema has edged out Republican Martha McSally to become Arizona’s first female Senator and the first openly bisexual member of Congress, The Guardian reported. She is the first Democrat to win an Arizona Senate seat since 1976. BREAKING: Democrat Kyrsten Sinema wins election […]

    The Best and Worst Midterm Results for the Environment

    The Best and Worst Midterm Results for the Environment

    Results from the U.S. midterm election are mostly in, and, when it comes to what they mean for the environment, they’re a real mixed bag. On the plus side, the Democrats took the House of Representatives, which, as BBC News pointed out, means that President Donald Trump can’t pass any more major legislation without their […]