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How Are Arizona Cities Promoting Water Conservation?

February 12, 2019

“Here’s the bottom line: We’re in a 19-year-drought,” said Gov. Doug Ducey in his 2019 State of the State address. “It’s going to get worse before it gets better.” According to Ducey, securing the state’s water future is now Arizona’s most pressing issue. More than one-third — about 36 percent — of Arizona water comes from the Colorado River, making …

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Why Do We Not Have Water Restrictions?

February 5, 2019

Q:  Why aren’t there water restrictions in place? We’re in a desert, we’re in a drought, and we are facing shortages of Colorado River water. Shouldn’t we be using less? Actually, we are using less. That fact, along with robust water portfolios and shortage preparation, is why the Phoenix area cities do not need to mandate additional water use reductions at this …

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February 1, 2019

Salt River Project (SRP) invites Valley customers to learn about water conservation and water supplies at the 12th annual SRP Water Conservation Expo on March 2, 2019, from 8 a.m.–1 p.m. Approximately 50 exhibitors will be at the event, including municipalities, water organizations, the Water – Use It Wisely campaign, and vendors with water-efficient products. Additionally, SRP will have snow …

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Celebrate AZ Water: Bringing Water Back to Tucson’s Birthplace – the Santa Cruz River Heritage Project

January 22, 2019

Some 4,000 years ago, ancestors of the Hohokam people settled at the base of (what is now known as) Tucson’s A Mountain on the banks of the Santa Cruz river. At that time, the river flowed year-round and supported lush woodlands of cottonwood, willow, and mesquite. These people created an extensive system of irrigation canals, supporting an agricultural society that lasted thousands of years. …

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Arizona Runs on Water: Scarcity, Challenges, and Community-based Solutions (2019 WRRC Annual Conference)

January 8, 2019

How do Arizona communities ensure that they have sufficient water to meet their future needs? The University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center’s February 1, 2019, annual conference, Arizona Runs on Water: Scarcity, Challenges, and Community-based Solutions will examine answers to this question. Communities across Arizona are working to identify and implement solutions to water issues, both current and future. The …

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Celebrate AZ Water – New Arizona Prize: Mesa (And You) Win the Water Public Art Challenge

December 26, 2018

A piece of sculpture at a public intersection was once considered public art. Things have changed. Public art has become more of an event, such as a community mural designed and painted through a partnership between an artist and neighbors. The City of Mesa has taken this idea to sophisticated levels. It is a city that knows how to pair artists …

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Celebrate AZ Water: Turning the Bend at River Bend — Successful Restoration on the Agua Fria River

November 27, 2018

Welcome to a steamy July morning on the Agua Fria River near Cordes Junction, Arizona. Humid, heavy air hangs above young willows laid flat by recent heavy flows. We slop through thick, mocha colored mud to the mechanical whir of cicadas, and screams of nesting Zone-tailed Hawks. While searching for the threatened Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo (hereafter cuckoo), we encounter the …

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The Edible Gardening Series: Did Thy Garden Runneth Over (With Rain)?

October 26, 2018

All good things must come to an end, and so too must our four-part series on water-wise edible gardening. (Sad face.) To catch up on where we’ve been so far: we’ve gone over the basics, introduced you to some lesser-known desert delicacies, and let you in on the secret awesomeness of saving and sharing seeds. To wrap it all up, …

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The Edible Gardening Series: Save The Seeds!

October 19, 2018

Welcome to the third installment of our early fall series on water-wise edible gardening. So far, we’ve talked about The Basics of Water-Wise Edible Gardening and introduced you to harvesting edibles from the landscape in our blog Putting The Desert In Dessert. Now it’s time to talk about seed saving and sharing. Survival of the fittest is the basic tenet …

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The Edible Gardening Series: Putting The Desert In Dessert

October 12, 2018

We’re back with the second part of our four-part series on edible gardening! Did you miss us? We missed you! Last time we introduced you to the basics of water-wise edible gardening, and now that we’ve given you a week to mulch, plant and tend to your bountiful harvest (maybe), it’s time to talk about another favorite topic of ours: …

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October 2, 2018

On September 30, 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson, signed into law the Colorado River Basin Project Act. Fifty years is a long time, especially to those who have lived that long, but to understand the impact of the Colorado River Basin Project Act, I actually think you need to look back even further to a story that began almost exactly …

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August 24, 2018

Ten miles southwest of Flagstaff along Woody Mountain Road, out beyond the Arboretum, lies Rogers Lake. It’s a lake only ephemerally, during springs with heavy snow runoff. At these times, the lake also draws in waterfowl and eagles. More often, and especially this year, Rogers is grassy and wildflowery grazing land for cattle and elk. Coconino County owns more than …

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