courtesy of NOAA Regional Climate Centers

The late monsoon rains in September brought short-term drought relief for southeastern Arizona, but scattered heavy rain events meant little recovery for the rest of the state, according to the latest report from the Arizona Department of Water Resources.

A technical committee updates Arizona drought status each week. Nancy Selover is the state climatologist and chairs the committee.

She said this year’s monsoon was patchy compared to the more geographically uniform rain last year.

George Andrejko - Arizona Game and Fish Department

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Oct. 5 that the Sonoran desert tortoise will not be added to the Endangered Species list.

In the United States, the iconic Sonoran desert tortoise is only found in Arizona.

courtesy of Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area

A conservation fund that has provided money since 1965 for national parks and forests, as well as state and local outdoor recreation sites, faces an uncertain fate.

Amanda Solliday - KAWC

More than 100 members of the Yuma community will collectively write a report about water use in southwestern Arizona.

At a town hall meeting held at the Yuma Main Library Sept. 25, community representatives from water organizations, agriculture, health care, military, businesses, and students met to give perspectives about water needs in the area.

The group brainstormed ideas for future water use, given drought conditions and demands from agriculture and population increases in the region.

Arizona Science Desk

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Sept. 22 settlements with an Arizona fertilizer and crop protection retailer and its affiliate company in California.

The companies will pay more than $130,000 in fines for improper distribution and use of pesticides.

The EPA fined Fertizona and Compton Ag Services for violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act, a law that regulates pesticide sales and use in the United States.