Latest Water rights News

Biden signs water bills benefiting 3 tribes in Arizona

Jan. 06, 2023 10:58 AM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A Native American tribe that has one of the largest and most secure rights to Colorado River water now has approval to lease some of it in Arizona, a state that’s been hardest hit by cuts to its water supply and is on a perpetual search for more. President...

US agencies sued over fate of rare Rio Grande minnow

Nov. 30, 2022 18:40 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists on Wednesday accused the U.S. government of not doing enough to ensure the survival of the Rio Grande silvery minnow as drought tightens its grip on one of the longest rivers in the West. In a lawsuit filed in federal court, the group...

Their lagoons languishing, precious Spanish wetlands go dry

Nov. 08, 2022 02:06 AM EST

DOÑANA NATIONAL PARK, Spain (AP) — Flamingos, herons and fish once filled a freshwater lagoon in southern Spain. Today, it's a fetid brown splotch. The whisper of wind in the grass is a sad substitute for the cacophony of migratory birds. Biologist Carmen Díaz steps onto cracked...

High court to hear water dispute between Navajo, government

Nov. 04, 2022 15:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says it will hear a water dispute involving the U.S. government and the Navajo Nation. The high court said Friday it would review a lower court ruling in favor of the Navajo Nation, which spans parts of Arizona, Utah and New Mexico. The...