Funding the Future of Arizona's Water

Posted on January 24, 2017 • Category: Water, Forests & Open Spaces

By Mindy Riesenberg

Arizona’s nearly 20-year drought has caused a 35 percent decline in the average flow of the Salt and Verde Rivers systems, which provide about 30 percent of metro Phoenix’s water. With our water supply at risk, The Nature Conservancy in Arizona has created The Salt and Verde Rivers Water Fund to encourage watershed restoration projects that help to reduce that danger.

Modeled on similar water funds the Nature Conservancy introduced in Latin America…

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ASU, PayPal and APS Add Solar Power for AZ

Posted on January 12, 2017 • Category: Water, Forests & Open Spaces

Arizona Public Service (APS) is showing how utilities can partner with customers to develop cost-effective solar energy. The Red Rock Solar Plant is a 40-megawatt photovoltaic plant located 30 miles south of Casa Grande in Red Rock, Ariz. Arizona State University (ASU) and PayPal will purchase renewable energy from APS that is equivalent to the amount Red Rock is projected to generate.

ASU and PayPal were both seeking ways to reduce their carbon footprint, and…

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Seeds for the Future

Posted on December 28, 2016 • Category: Water, Forests & Open Spaces

By Andrea Jaramillo

What do seeds have to do with environmental protection? More than we think. Those tiny products are intimately related to food security and healthy ecosystems.

Native Seeds/SEARCH, a non-profit organization that works to preserve seeds from the Southwest U.S. and Northwestern Mexico, believes that by doing so, it is setting the ground for agricultural sustainability.

“A lot of the work that we do is about food, sustainable food and production of local food,” explained…

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