Arizona Science Desk

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Amanda Solliday-KAWC

Outdoor recreation supporters are concerned the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund will expire in September 2015 without Congressional action.

For 50 years, the fund has helped pay for everything from national recreational areas to neighborhood parks, including the Yuma Riverfront Gateway Park, Lake Havasu State Park, the Grand Canyon and many others.

Shift In Javelina Territory Causes Problems For Farmers

Jun 23, 2015
Arizona Game and Fish Department

Javelina seen near Yuma have captured the attention of the Arizona Game and Fish Department and local farmers. The wild pig-like species is usually seen farther east or south.

Two javelina — also known as collared peccaries — were spotted last September running through the streets of a subdivision in the eastern Foothills of Yuma. A resident took a video of the pair, and that video found its way to Chris Bedinger’s inbox, a public information officer with Arizona Game and Fish.

OSHA App Offers Tips For Surviving Extreme Arizona Heat

Jun 18, 2015

Rising temperatures have much of Arizona and the Southwest under an extreme heat advisory until Monday.

As part of a statewide heat-safety campaign, the Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health is using the ubiquity of cellphones to spread the word about heat safety to outdoor workers, as well as the general public.

Colorado River Library Opens in Yuma

Jun 15, 2015
Tammy Snook opens one of the books in the Colorado River Research Library.
Amanda Solliday-KAWC

The Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park in Yuma is home to a new library dedicated to protecting the history of the Colorado River.

It took decades, and a series of dams, lakes, irrigation systems and political maneuvering to harness the water of the mighty Colorado River and direct it all over the Western states.   

Now, you can see the river’s history by stepping inside the new Colorado River Research Library, only a few steps away from the banks of the river itself.

Record June Rainfall Causes Harvest Concerns

Jun 10, 2015

The rainfall Tuesday from tropical storm Blanca made it the second wettest day in June on record for Yuma. The daily total was 0.31 inches, according to the National Weather Service in Phoenix.

While any rain is good news overall for the drought-prone Southwest, as KAWC’s science correspondent Amanda Solliday reports, the timing of the precipitation also brings some worries to area farmers.

June is typically the driest month for the region. But an unexpected rain Tuesday has growers near Yuma waiting to see what damage the moisture may cause for their crops.