WRAN News: April 2021
Water Issues Rise to the Surface
This year, the Utah legislature advanced a number of bills and resolutions focused on water, in an atypical session in the midst of the pandemic.
Audubon continues our work to help shape positive outcomes for Great Salt Lake and in the Colorado River Basin to protect birds and the many people who rely on these invaluable resources. Check out the highlights around water legislation and appropriations from the 2021 Utah legislative season.
A Bird (and People) Budget for Arizona's Legislature
With the American Rescue Plan Act on the way, combined with the funding from the previous two federal stimulus packages, Arizona’s state finances are looking stronger than expected. But we have no shortage of issues facing our state as we continue to grapple with water scarcity driven by climate change. Read to learn about more ways we can invest in Arizona's water and environment for the good of all people, wildlife, and our economy.
Around the West:
- Critical Habitat Finally Designated for Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo
- Arizona: AZ Central: Too many in Arizona lack water security. It's time to rethink how we manage it.
- Arizona: Arizona Public Media: No Movement on Groundwater Protection Bills
- Arizona: Planting along the Colorado River with the Cocopah Indian Tribe and Yuma Audubon
- New Mexico: Audubon New Mexico's 2021 Legislative Wrap Up
- New Mexico: KRWG: Governor Lujan Grisham Signs Legislation to End Proposed Gila Diversion
- Colorado: Double Threat to Colorado's Water Quality and Habitats
- Utah: Deseret News: The Great Salt Lake is Drying Up. What Could Save It?
- Nevada: Audubon Receives NFWF Grant to Protect Priority Shorebird Species in Saline Lakes
- California: CalMatters.org: Strong State Oversight Needed to Ensure California's Wetlands are Protected
- California: Grist: Farms, Feathers, and Fins Share Water in California
- Colorado Residents TAKE ACTION by May 12: Protect Water Quality for Colorado Birds and People: Birds and people unquestionably need clean water. Sign the petition asking the Colorado Water Quality Control Commission to protect Colorado's water quality by not changing the antidegradation rule.
- El Rito Grande: Conserving a Once-Mighty River: (May 13, 6pm MDT/ 7pm AZ) The Rio Grande in Central New Mexico is a very different river than it was historically. Join Audubon Southwest's Director of Freshwater Conservation, Paul Tashjian, as he walks us through how the Rio Grande functioned in its native state, how it was altered for societal needs, and how ecosystem function remarkably still remains today.
Want to dig deeper into the issues affecting Arizona's Rivers and water? Check out the blog entries below:
- Critical Habitat Finally Designated for Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo. April, 2021.
- Planting along the Colorado River with the Cocopah Indian Tribe and Yuma Audubon. April, 2021.
- A Bird (and People) Budget for Arizona’s Legislature. March, 2021.
- Audubon’s Water Policy Agenda Focuses on Results. March, 2021.
- Groundwater Protections Key to Sustaining Water Supplies for People and Birds. March, 2021.
- Federal Priorities for a Secure Water Future in the West. February, 2021.
- Audubon-Supported Legislation Benefits Birds and Water Rights Holders in Arizona. February, 2021.
- Keeping Beer and Rivers Flowing: craft brewers speak up to advance Arizona’s water law. February, 2021.
- Advancing Arizona’s Groundwater Management to Protect Our Water Supply. February, 2021.
- Western Water Network Grants: Chapter Highlights. February, 2021.
- Climate Change is Driving Water Scarcity across the West. January, 2021.
- Top Arizona Water Priorities for the Legislature this Year. January, 2021.
- A Colorado River Win for the Navajo Nation as Congress Passes Major Omnibus. December, 2020.
- Western Water Legislation Advances Conservation, Resilience, and Equity. December, 2020.
- Audubon Prepares Advocates for Upcoming Arizona Legislative Season. November, 2020.
- Endangered Birds Were Dying Where They Shouldn't. Now Scientists Know Why. October, 2020.
- Arizona’s Often-dry Streams Now under Threat Due to Clean Water Act Rollback. October, 2020.
- Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo Remains Federally Protected after Delisting Threat Falls Flat. September, 2020.
- Sustaining Healthy Groundwater Levels is Critical to Habitat, Birds, and People. September, 2020.
- Audubon “Wingspan” Weighs in on Colorado River Lake Powell Pipeline. September, 2020.
- Lake Mead and Lower Colorado River to Remain in Tier Zero Shortage for 2021. August, 2020.
- Arizona’s Rivers Could Face Irreparable Harm. August, 2020.
- New Senate Bill Threatens U.S.—Mexico Cooperation, Environment, and Birds of Lower Colorado River. July, 2020.
- Arizona: (UPDATE) International Infrastructure Issues Threaten Arizona’s Santa Cruz River. July, 2020.
- In Driest Year in Half Century, Audubon Releases Water into Rio Grande to Sustain Flows. July, 2020.
- U.S. Senate Introduces New Program to Assess and Monitor Saltwater Lake Ecosystems in the West. July 2020.
- Gila River Diversion Stopped. June, 2020.
- U.S. Senate Votes to Protect Birds, Improve Parks, and Create Jobs. June, 2020.
- Connected by Water: Healthy rivers are key to our physical, emotional, and economic recovery. June, 2020.
- Arizona Department of Water Resources and Audubon Agree to Funding Plan to Conserve Colorado River Water. May, 2020.
- Arizona Legislature Adjourns 2020 Session. May, 2020.
- Arizona Legislature on the Verge of Adjourning. May, 2020.
- Water Policy Wins in Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico before Coronavirus Closures. May, 2020.
- Restoring the Colorado River Delta. May, 2020.
- Native Plants Help Restore the Colorado River. May, 2020.
- Audubon Calls for More Resources and Attention (not Less) for Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo. February, 2020.
- Arizona Legislators, Western Rivers Action Network Discuss Water Security. February, 2020.
- UPDATE: New Federal Rule Reduces Protections for Water in the West, Harming People and Birds. January, 2020.
- Five Audubon Chapters Awarded with Western Water Grants. January, 2020.
- Prioritizing Water Security for Arizona’s Birds and People. January, 2020.
- Building a Positive Water Future: Western Water Highlights in 2019. December, 2019.
- Why Groundwater Matters for Arizona’s People and Birds. November, 2019.
- Climate Change Threatens Arizona’s Forest Birds. October, 2019.
- Arizona Legislature Wraps up with Wins for Birds, Water, and Public Lands. June, 2019.
- In the Field—Western Rivers Bird Count. June, 2019.
- International Infrastructure Issues Threaten Arizona’s Santa Cruz River. May, 2019.
- Audubon’s Jennifer Pitt Honored with Leadership Award for Colorado River Work. May, 2019.
- Arizona Needs to Resolve Long-Running Lawsuit in Order to Protect Rivers. April, 2019.
- A Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan Is in Place—Now What? April, 2019.
- Bipartisan Colorado River Drought Plan Signed into Law Averting Potentially Catastrophic Outcomes for People and Birds. April, 2019.
- Outdoor Recreation Along Arizona’s Waterways is a $13.5 Billion Industry, Ranked Higher than Golf and Mining, New Report Says. April, 2019.
- Bipartisan Colorado River Drought Plan Overwhelmingly Passes in Congress. Audubon Says: “Win for People and Birds in the Arid West.” April, 2019.
- New Federal Rule Would Reduce Protections for Water in the West, Harming People and Birds. March, 2019.
- How Craft Beer Is Helping Save Water In the Colorado River Basin. March, 2019.
- The Drought Contingency Plan and How We Got Here. March, 2019.
- After Major Progress in Arizona Water Policy, Audubon Continues the Cause. February, 2019.
- Audubon Gives Testimony In Support of Funding to Remove Invasive Plants Along Arizona's Rivers. February, 2019.
- Historic Agreement Reached in Arizona to Avert Devastating Water Shortages in the West: Audubon says “critical step in protecting 36 million people and 400 species of birds”. January, 2019.
- Audubon: Pass the Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan. January, 2019.
- What is Going on with Water Planning in Arizona? December, 2018.
- What happened in Vegas? When it comes to water, this doesn’t stay in Vegas. December, 2018.
- Eight Natural Resource Issues for the next U.S. Senator from Arizona. November, 2018.
- 10 Things You Should Know About Arizona’s Groundwater Management Act. October, 2018.
- Balancing the needs of rivers, riparian habitat, and housing while ensuring environmental protections and sustainability for Arizonans. August, 2018.
- Dense forests, encroached meadows, and devastating wildfires: How Audubon and the Arizona Elk Society work together to protect rivers in the West. August, 2018.
- Using less and paying more. A conundrum it seems, until you dig a little deeper. July, 2018.
- Connecting the Dots: From DCP and Lake Mead to Protecting Flowing Rivers and Habitat: Why birders and wildlife advocates should care about Lake Mead. June, 2018
(To see stories from across the Colorado River Basin, visit National Audubon's Western Water News page.)
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