Yuma news and features

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.

University of Arizona Cooperative Extension

Fifty farms in Arizona grow more than $4.5 million in vegetable seeds, according to the latest statistics from the US Department of Agriculture.

Coordinating where those crops are grown requires some careful planning and a little distance.

To grow vegetable seeds, fields with similar crop varieties or even plants within the same family need to be spaced at least two miles apart. This is called the isolation distance.  

National Weather Service-Phoenix

The National Weather Service relies on trained citizens to collect data during heavy rainfall, such as the record-setting storms seen in southwestern Arizona Tuesday.

A Somerton resident’s rain gauge collected more water during Tuesday’s storms than the area sees on average during an entire year.

Moisture from Hurricane Linda – now off the coast of Baja California – created what’s called a gulf surge. In the middle of the resulting severe storms in southwestern Arizona, a resident trained by the National Weather Service collected 4.6 inches in her rain gauge.