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News for Southeastern Arizona, provided by the University of Arizona School of Journalism

Arizona prepared if water shortages hit

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If Arizona runs short of water, it has a plan. As one of the driest states in the country, it has been suffering from droughts for centuries. “Here in Arizona, we store water underground for future use. We have what’s called the Arizona Water Banking Authority,” said Michelle Moreno, public information officer at the Arizona at the Arizona Department of Water Resources, or ADWR. “Let’s say there is a shortage declaration on the Colorado River. We have the option of tapping into the water that we’ve stored underground so that we’re not without water.” The state uses an estimated 2.4 trillion gallons of water annually and much work goes into controlling and monitoring it. Arizona gets it water from different areas, ADWR research shows, including the Colorado River (39 percent), groundwater (40 percent), surface waters such as the Salt River and Lake Mead (19...

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El Jefe: Missing in action

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El Jefe, Tucson’s lone male jaguar, caught the attention of Arizonans while residing in a tree in Southeastern Arizona. For three years, pictures from trail cameras flooded conservationists’ computers and proved that El Jefe had created his home in the Santa Rita Mountains. It’s been a year since trail cameras caught footage of the wandering jaguar, and the news is not good. El Jefe is missing. It began in 2011 when hunting guide Donnie Fenn and his hunting dogs spotted and captured a picture of a jaguar while searching for mountain lions. Since then, conservationists and volunteers have been working to conserve El Jefe and his habitat in hopes of repopulating the species in the United States. A government-funded research project held by the University of Arizona placed trail cameras in remote locations in the mountains and accepted trained volunteers...

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