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Utilities Move to Break Arizona’s Coal-Water Link

The proposed halt to operations in 2019 at the West’s largest…

Marriage Of Coal And Water In Arizona Renews Vows

U.S. government moves to extend lease for coal plant that pushes…

In Drying Colorado River Basin, Indian Tribes Are Water Dealmakers

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Native Americans hold 20 percent of the basin's water rights. How they use their water will shape the future of the Southwest.

Colorado River Basin Conservation Agreements Take Shape

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States look to delay mandatory water restrictions and preserve…
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Fallowing Farmland: A New Card in Arizona’s Water Shuffle

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A pilot project will test how much water can be saved by not growing crops.

Photo Slideshow: Above the Colorado River

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A bird's eye view of the Colorado River demonstrates how persistent drought conditions affect the basin and how the southern Nevada region manages its share of what trickles down.
Shiprock, New Mexico: The Navajo Nation — which spans a 70,000-square-kilometer stretch of mesa, sand, and canyons in parts of New Mexico, Utah, and northern Arizona — is the largest and, arguably, the driest American Indian reservation in the United States.

Racing an Arizona Senator’s Retirement, Dry Navajo Nation Draws Closer to Securing More Water

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The largest reservation in the U.S. has one of the nation's highest poverty rates — more than 40 percent — and very little water infrastructure. Many residents pay nearly 50 times the municipal cost for water, which instead is delivered from a tank in the back of a truck, often resulting in water-borne intestinal illnesses.

Arizona's Gamble — Conserve Water Now, Prevent Deeper Cuts Tomorrow

For years, the state took as much water as it could from Lake Mead; now it plans to leave some in the reservoir.

The Rising Cost of Settling the American Desert

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Power plant that moves torrent of water uphill considers closing