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Arizona city cuts off a neighborhood’s water supply amid drought

By Joshua Partlow

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The survival — or at least the basic sustenance — of hundreds in a desert community amid the horse ranches and golf courses outside Phoenix now rests on a 54-year-old man with a plastic bucket of quarters.

01/16/23

A Look Back: 2022’s Temperature Record

2022 effectively tied for Earth’s 5th warmest year since 1880, and the last 9 consecutive years have been the warmest 9 on record. NASA looks back at how heat was expressed in different ways around the world in 2022.

01/12/23

Arizona Is in a Race to the Bottom of Its Water Wells, With Saudi Arabia’s Help

By Natalie Koch

Arizona’s water is running worryingly low. Amid the worst drought in more than a millennium, which has left communities across the state with barren wells, the state is depleting what remains of its precious groundwater. Much of it goes to private companies nearly free, including Saudi Arabia’s largest dairy company.

12/26/22

Amid drought, Arizona contemplates a fraught idea: Piping in water from Mexico

By Joshua Partlow

As Arizona's water supply from the Colorado River dwindles, it is studying a $5 billion project to desalinate ocean water in Mexico and pump it 200 miles across the border….

12/23/22

Disaster scenarios raise the stakes for Colorado River negotiations

By Joshua Partlow

Those responsible for divvying up the Colorado River’s dwindling supply are warning that unprecedented shortages could be coming to farms and cities in the West….

12/17/22

Shrinking Colorado River could trigger an ultimatum for alfalfa

By Jennifer Yachnin

At an Arizona forum, water managers said the time is ripe to reexamine the water consumption of the thirsty crop.

12/06/22

Drought affecting more than half of U.S. as water scarcity reaches crisis

America’s largest rivers are reaching their lowest levels ever, threatening water access for millions. CBS News anchor Anne-Marie Green breaks down the ongoing water scarcity crisis.

12/05/22

Officials fear ‘complete doomsday scenario’ for drought-stricken Colorado River

By Joshua Partlow

The first sign of serious trouble for the drought-stricken American Southwest could be a whirlpool.

It could happen if the surface of Lake Powell, a man-made reservoir along the Colorado River that’s already a quarter of its former size, drops another 38 feet down the concrete face of the 710-foot Glen Canyon Dam here. At that point, the surface would be approaching the tops of eight underwater openings that allow river water to pass through the hydroelectric dam.

12/01/22

U.S. government pledges $250 million to help ailing Salton Sea

By Ian James

The Biden administration has announced a plan to provide $250 million to accelerate environmental projects around the shrinking Salton Sea, a major commitment intended to help revitalize the lake’s ecosystems and control hazardous dust in a deal that clears the way for California to take less water from the drought-ravaged Colorado River.

11/29/22

Long stretches of the Mississippi River have run dry. What’s next?

By Laurence C. Smith

Last month, record low water levels in the Mississippi River backed up nearly 3,000 barges — the equivalent of 210,000 container trucks — on America’s most important inland waterway. Despite frantic dredging, farmers could move only half the corn they’d shipped the same time last year. Deliveries of fuel, coal, industrial chemicals and building materials were similarly delayed throughout the nation’s heartland.

11/27/22