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Arizona Water Pioneers – Part 2 | William Beardsley

May 17, 2019

Like a late-blooming teenager, 19th century Arizona was still trying to define itself.  Soldiers, miners, and rugged pioneers gradually made their way to Arizona to begin life anew in a challenging landscape. These early pioneers quickly realized water was both the key to their survival and a powerful force to reckon with. Water, in the Arizona territory, was a double-edged …

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Arizona Water Pioneers – Part 1 | Jack Swilling

April 30, 2019

A fractured skull and a bullet lodged in the side would be enough to take down most men, but Jack Swilling wasn’t like most men. One of Arizona’s most colorful characters, Jack had a disposition that varied based upon who you talked to and the amount of opiate-laced painkiller he drank. Family members considered him a loving father, friends thought …

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Plant of the Month: Chuparosa | Plants for Birds – Part 2

April 16, 2019

The Hummingbird’s Choice Award goes to … Chuparosa! If Arizona’s hummingbirds could vote on a state flower, it would be Chuparosa (Justicia californica). A mainstay of most wildlife gardens, this long-suffering desert beauty asks little and gives much.  It can be grown long and lanky, spindly branches vining into trees — or pruned to take on a more civilized appearance. …

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Celebrate AZ Water: April is Water Awareness Month

April 2, 2019

There is no other natural resource as important to us in Arizona as water! That’s why this essential and precious resource was recognized by Arizona’s governor in 2008 with an Executive Order that designates April as Water Awareness Month. Now in its eleventh year, April is the time that Arizonans are encouraged to focus their attention on ideas, tips, resources, …

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Celebrate AZ Water: Wetlands – The Buffer Zone Between Life and Loss

March 26, 2019

Squeals of delight can always be heard from eager students attending any of the numerous riparian field trips Arizona Project WET holds every year. Whether empowered with simple collection devices they’ve created themselves or armed with sophisticated water sampling technology, these intrepid students poke, prod, and ponder the unique mysteries only wetlands hold. In the process, they become keenly aware …

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BE A WATER DETECTIVE BY FINDING AND FIXING LEAKS AND SAVE THOUSANDS OF GALLONS EACH YEAR

March 19, 2019

Minor leaks account for more than 1 trillion gallons of water wasted each year in U.S. homes. To the average homeowner, that means as many as 10,000 gallons wasted each year – enough to fill a backyard swimming pool. That is why the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense® program promotes Fix a Leak Week the third week of March each …

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Small Business Owners: Environmental Change Begins With You

March 1, 2019

Small business owners are 30.2 million strong, employing nearly half of the entire workforce in the United States, and are in a unique position to change the world one decision at a time. As an entrepreneur, community leader, and employer, you can make changes at work that will have a positive impact on both your bottom line and the environment …

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Water Gives … Life! Join the 2019 Run for World Water

February 26, 2019

Give water, and life changes immediately. Women no longer lose time fetching water or getting sick with waterborne illnesses, and children don’t miss school. Businesses grow and people can dream for the future. Water gives Health. Time. Education. It gives joy, dreams, and togetherness. It gives prosperity and a future. Join the Arizona committee of Water For People to give …

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Celebrate AZ Water: Tempe Town Lake – Making Waves in the Desert

February 19, 2019

Tempe Town Lake is Arizona’s second-most visited public attraction. More than 2.4 million people spend time at Town Lake each year. The more than 2-mile long lake was created by damming a portion of the dry Salt River and adding water. Today, the lake continues to act like a river to convey rainwater and snow run-off by lowering the dam …

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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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ATTEND THE FREE 2019 SRP WATER CONSERVATION EXPO

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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