U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has designated three Arizona counties as natural disaster areas because of recent drought conditions.  Those counties are:  Coconino, Navajo and Apache.

Arizona Game and Fish Department

Thirsty wildlife around Arizona are getting help from the state.

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The 2018 federal Farm Bill included several provisions to lessen the effects of persistent drought in the West, but they still haven’t gone into effect. Now, a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators is urging the Secretary of Agriculture to put them into practice. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

Drought Eye

Drought in the Southwest is something people want to track—and temperature is one way to do that. All over the United States, space satellites and weather stations collect temperature data in real time. But processing and presenting that data can take a long time. That’s why researchers created an interactive online map called Drought Eye. 

Arizona is out of drought for the first time in nearly 10 years.