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City Government of Prescott

A controversial proposed water policy would allow the City of Prescott to deliver water to houses outside the city limits. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny reports. 

The proposal outlines an “expansion zone” where homeowners can apply to hook up to the City of Prescott’s water and sewage system. Clyde Halstead, the city's senior assistant attorney, says the goal is to reduce the number of homes using unregulated wells and septic tanks.

Melissa Sevigny

A new study from Northern Arizona University shows the impact raising cattle has on water resources in the West. Scientists with a project called FEWSION made a detailed map of how much river water is used for crops that feed cows. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny spoke to author Ben Ruddell about how the findings could inform water policies. 


U.S. Drought Monitor

In 2018 the Four Corners region suffered from an “exceptional” drought—the highest rating on the U.S. Drought Monitor’s scale. Water sources dried up and crops died, costing the U.S. economy 3 billion dollars. Scientists are now able to pinpoint how much of that drought was the result of climate change. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny spoke with Emily Williams of the University of California-Santa Barbara, the lead author of the study.


Alex Brandon/AP/file

Tribal and environmental groups are calling on Arizona Republican Senator Martha McSally to back a bill permanently banning uranium mining near Grand Canyon National Park. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

Ryan Heinsius / KNAU

The Mohave County Board of Supervisors has unanimously voted in support of expanded mining on lands adjacent to the Grand Canyon. They say a federal ban on new uranium claims has hurt the area’s economic prospects. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


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