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Trump now wants Putin to visit the White House this fall; Also on the Friday rundown: health insurance rates to rise by almost 9 percent in California; and as the climate crises reaches “Zero Hour” young people take a stand.

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Public News Service - AZ: Water

The protected area includes 230 acres of cottonwood-willow forest along the Verde River corridor. (Ken Lund/Flickr)

CAMP VERDE, Ariz. – Arizona's Verde River provides water to many rural communities and about 3 million people in the Phoenix area. This week, groups reached a deal to protect a portion of the river. Amid a years-long drought, a diverse set of public and private groups are teaming up to ensu

Growing barley used for brewing beer has greater appeal to farmers because it sells at higher prices than barley used as feed grain. (Quinn Dombrowski/Flickr)

CAMP VERDE, Ariz. – The Verde River, which flows through central Arizona, is a critical source of water in this arid state. So, The Nature Conservancy in Arizona looked for a strategy to reduce demand on the river, especially in low-flowing summer months. The answer is beer - or at least, th

An appeals court ruled Tuesday that the Canyon Uranium Mine near Grand Canyon National Park can proceed without updating its 1986 permit, but also upheld the 2012 ban on new mines. (Bret Fanshaw/Environment America)

PHOENIX – Environmental groups and Native American tribes fighting uranium mining on the rim of the Grand Canyon are praising a federal court's decision on Tuesday to uphold a 20-year ban on new mines, while acknowledging that the area still is at great risk. A panel of judges on the 9th Cir

The site of the proposed Rosemont Mine in the Santa Rita Mountains is part of the watershed that replenishes the aquifer that serves Tucson. (Save the Scenic Santa Ritas)

TUCSON, Ariz. – A coalition of conservation groups is suing the U.S. Forest Service over its approval of an open-pit copper mine 30 miles outside of Tucson. The groups contend that the Forest Service violated the Clean Water Act and other state and federal laws when it approved the Rosemont

Conservation advocates say the San Pedro River may be endangered by a water bill passed this year, part of the reason most of the legislators received an F on the annual Sierra Club Environmental Report Card.(Wikimedia Commons)

PHOENIX – The Sierra Club's annual Environmental Report Card is out for 2017 – and Gov. Doug Ducey and most of the Republican majority in the Legislature get a failing grade. The report singles out a water bill that gives the advantage to livestock interests over tribes and public land

The Yuma Desalting Plant during a pilot run in 2010. (U.S. Bureau of Reclamation)

YUMA, Ariz. – Yuma is 75 miles away from the nearest sea, which makes it an unlikely spot to find a water desalinization plant. But in 1992, the Yuma Desalting Plant went online to remove salt from agricultural runoff, and increase the supply of fresh water in the Colorado River. Severe fl

Today is Environmental Day at the Arizona State Capitol, which will host members of dozens of conservation groups. (gnagel/iStockphoto)

PHOENIX – Dozens of groups are part of today's Environmental Day at the Arizona State Capitol. They're visiting legislators to discuss such issues as conserving water, protecting air quality and ensuring access to public lands. Among the participants this year are 60 high-school students fro

Conservation groups are criticizing the Final Environmental Impact Statement on Glen Canyon Dam. (U.S. Bureau of Reclamation)

LAKE POWELL, Ariz. – Conservation groups are slamming the feds' final proposal for fixes at Glen Canyon Dam at Lake Powell on the Colorado River. The U.S. Department of the Interior just released the final environmental impact statement on the new management plan, and the public review period

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