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Monsoon boon: Agua Caliente pond on rise again

Monsoon boon: Agua Caliente pond on rise again

Rain, pumping water and cooler temperatures have helped pond make a comeback.

August 21, 2014 4:00 pm Photos

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Agua Caliente pond shrinks to its lowest level

Agua Caliente pond shrinks to its lowest level

Monsoon rains haven't revived park's withering pond.

July 14, 2014 10:00 pm Video Photos

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Fire restrictions to be lifted at forests, parks

Fire restrictions to be lifted at forests, parks

Abundant monsoon rains have led to fire restrictions being lifted.

July 10, 2014 2:00 pm Photos

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Advance planning crucial to CAP water sustainability

The Central Arizona Project (CAP) is the primary steward of Central and Southern Arizona’s Colorado River water resources. As such, we have an important role to play in supporting the health and sustainability of the river.

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Mountain wildflowers are blooming already in Catalina Mountains

Mountain wildflowers are blooming already in Catalina Mountains

Mountain wildflowers are usually associated with the days of summer high in the Catalina Mountains, but some are bursting into bloom now at  8,000 feet in the range north of Tucson.

May 10, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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$1M bond issue sought to help withered Agua Caliente Park

$1M bond issue sought to help withered Agua Caliente Park

County officials are proposing a $1 million bond project to help preserve the popular nature spot Agua Caliente Park, where the water level at the drought-stricken main pond has withered so dramatically in recent months that about 60 percent of it is now a waterless mud flat and weed patch.

April 25, 2014 12:00 am Video Photos

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Dry winter brings wildfire fears in S. Arizona

The warm, dry winter — with a lack of normal rain and snowfall — has primed Southeastern Arizona for potentially widespread wildfires this year, say national forest and parks officials.

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Tucson's wacky weather in 2013

Tucson's wacky weather in 2013

Scorching days. Deep-freezing nights. Withering drought. Torrential rains. Snow in the desert.

January 01, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Cool weather, rains, pumping revive Agua Caliente Park

Cool weather, rains, pumping revive Agua Caliente Park

A once-dry pond at Agua Caliente Park was filling up with monsoon rainwater as of Wednesday.

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Cool weather, rains, pumping revive Agua Caliente Park

Cool weather, rains, pumping revive Agua Caliente Park

Recent rain and cooler weather have allowed the once-dry pond at Agua Caliente Park to recover enough for wildlife.

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Cool weather, rains, pumping revive Agua Caliente Park

Cool weather, rains, pumping revive Agua Caliente Park

The main pond at Agua Caliente Park is looking less like a mud flat and more like an inviting oasis once again.

July 18, 2013 12:00 am Video Photos

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Agua Caliente Park's pond a dry shadow of yesteryear

Agua Caliente Park's pond a dry shadow of yesteryear

Vast expanses of the main pond at Agua Caliente Park northeast of Tucson have dried up in the drought - and even 55,000 gallons of well water pumped daily into the spring-fed pond won't refill it, officials say.

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Main pond at Agua Caliente Park drying up

Main pond at Agua Caliente Park drying up

Vast expanses of the main pond at Agua Caliente Park northeast of Tucson have dried up in the drought — and even 55,000 gallons of well water pumped daily into the spring-fed pond won’t refill it, officials say.

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Colo. River tops list of endangered waterways

The Colorado River, the Southwest's troubled lifeblood, tops an environmental group's endangered-rivers list for the third time in 23 years.

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Another low-runoff year may herald CAP shortage

Another low-runoff year may herald CAP shortage

Another year of very low precipitation and snowpack in the Rocky Mountains has spurred another year of low runoff on the Colorado River - the 10th such year out of the past 14.

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Another low-runoff year may herald CAP shortage

Another low-runoff year may herald CAP shortage

The Central Arizona Project - this section is in Avra Valley - carries Colorado River water from Lake Mead toward Tucson. Officials say there is a 35 percent chance of the first CAP water shortage in history in 2016.

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Snowmelt makes for what may be short-lived spectacle

Snowmelt makes for what may be short-lived spectacle

Charlotte Calhoun, left, and her brother, Colten, scout for interesting rocks in one of Sabino Canyon's clear pools. The children, from Coldwater, Mich., were in the canyon Tuesday - a good time to see the creek flow.

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Snowmelt makes for what may be short-lived spectacle

Snowmelt makes for what may be short-lived spectacle

The flow was strong enough Sunday to send water over the Sabino Dam, where some visitors were able to enjoy the sight and sound.

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Snowmelt makes for what may be short-lived spectacle

Snowmelt makes for what may be short-lived spectacle

Sabino Creek, which was bone-dry for months due to an ongoing drought, is flowing again, thanks to runoff from melting snow in the Catalina Mountains.

January 23, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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2012 was hottest year on record in US

WASHINGTON — America set an off-the-charts heat record in 2012.

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