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Arizona Department of Environmental Quality

How do you clean up cyanide contamination in Yuma groundwater? Molasses and vegetable oil might be the key.  For the Arizona Science Desk, Maya Springhawk Robnett reports.

Jared Abraham / Aqua Geo Frameworks

The Bureau of Reclamation is charged with managing water—an important job in Yuma, where irrigation is key to the area’s agriculture industry. The Bureau’s Yuma Office recently conducted surveys to better understand the region’s groundwater.

Julie Crawford, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Dwindling groundwater, drought and climate change threaten the Huachuca water umbel. The federal government seeks comments on a recovery plan for the endangered plant found in southeastern Arizona.

The Huachuca water umbel grows in the shallow water of cienegas, rivers and streams. It can be found in only 17 locations in the United States and in some areas of Sonora, Mexico.

The plant was added to the endangered species list in 1997 and is protected under the Arizona Native Plant Law.

Arizona Capitol Museum

Representatives from sixteen environmental organizations are meeting with state legislators Feb. 9 during the annual Environmental Day at the Capitol. The group will advocate for changes in Arizona’s water laws.

Organizer Sandy Bahr with the Sierra Club said environmental groups feel left out of Governor Ducey’s new Water Augmentation Council. Bahr would like to see more policy emphasis on the health of rivers, streams and lakes in Arizona.