A Yuma Mesa Irrigation and Drainage District (YMIDD) commitment to cease irrigating a specified amount of “qualified land” each year will help keep more Colorado River water within the system. This is an important step—especially as the probability of a Colorado River shortage continues to escalate.


Hundreds of species of birds—willow flycatchers, yellow-billed cuckoos and yellow warblers—have a new riparian habitat. And, in the process, the west has maintained the flow of the Colorado River.

The 350-acre Yuma East Wetlands project opened this summer, celebrating a milestone in the Lower Colorado River Multi-Species Conservation Program (MSCP). The MSCP is a critically important program for the Colorado River, which provides more than 1.5 million acre-feet of water to the Central Arizona Project (CAP) each year.


It may be September, but temperatures are still in the triple digits—at least for a few weeks. And, in the waning days of summer, the nearby lakes that ring the outer edges of the Valley beckon like a magnet, begging for the opportunity to simultaneously cool and entertain.


 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a proposed Best Available Retrofit Technology (BART) rule for the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) located near Page, Arizona to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) from the coal-fired power plant. EPA’s proposal would require Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) to be installed and operational by 2023. This would cost at least $500 million and perhaps as much as $1.1 billion.


A pressurized water broom that cleans patios and driveways, saving nearly 250,000 gallons of water over its lifetime. . .an x-ray film processing unit that recycles more than 90 percent of the one million gallons a typical machine uses in a year. . . a mobile application for smart phones and tablets that helps consumers choose water-saving plants for home landscapes.


Water has long been a precious desert resource—so much so, that the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation studies conditions year round, reporting 24-month projections via its monthly Operation Plan for Colorado System Reservoirs 24-Month Study. The potential for "shortage” has been around for quite a while, but the latest study released this week brings that word a bit closer to reality—indicating the possibility that Central Arizona Project (CAP) water deliveries will be reduced as early as 2016.

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