drought

Chitose Suzuki/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP

Farmers, conservationists and small-town business owners are calling for an end to what they call wasteful uses of Colorado River water. 

  

SRP

The Salt River Project says the 2021 runoff season was the second driest on record but that its reservoirs in central Arizona will provide full allocations of water to cities, farmers and other users during the current drought. 

  

Prescott National Forest

The Prescott National Forest on Wednesday joined four other national forests in Arizona in lifting closures that generally barred public entry. 

  

Fire Updates And Morning Rundown: July 5, 2021

Jul 5, 2021

Rafael Fire Nears Full Containment; Team Surveys Damage 

The Rafael Fire southwest of Flagstaff is burning at 78,065 acres and is 95% contained, according to the latest update from the Prescott National Forest. Area communities affected by the fire have been downgraded to “ready” status for potential evacuation, including Sycamore Canyon. 

 

Angie Ingram | Colorado River Indian Tribes Water Resources via AP

For thousands of years, an Arizona tribe relied on the Colorado River’s natural flooding patterns to farm. Later, it hand-dug ditches and canals to route water to fields.

Now, gravity sends the river water from the north end of the Colorado River Indian Tribes reservation through 19th century canals to sustain alfalfa, cotton, wheat, onions and potatoes, mainly by flooding the fields.

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