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Ian James

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Phoenix, AZ, United States

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Recent articles by Ian:

Megafarms and deeper wells are draining the water beneath rural Arizona – quietly, irreversibly

In areas where unlimited pumping is allowed, farms are drilling deep wells and groundwater levels are dropping. Some homeowners' wells have dried up. → Read More

Developer and town propose roads for hotels and hundreds of homes near Grand Canyon

The town of Tusayan and a developer submitted a proposal to the Forest Service for roads that would allow for new developments near the Grand Canyon. → Read More

First-ever mandatory water cutbacks will kick in next year along the Colorado River

‘An era of limits’ for the Colorado River: Mandatory cuts in water deliveries will take effect in 2020, reducing supplies for Arizona, Nevada, Mexico. → Read More

Viral tweets warned of development near Grand Canyon. But is the threat real?

Tweets about development near the Grand Canyon went viral, triggering calls to Tusayan officials. They say the tweets contained inaccuracies. → Read More

‘A crisis of sewage’: California lawmakers seek funding for the polluted New River

Following a Desert Sun investigation, California lawmakers are requesting funding for the sewage-filled New River, which flows from Mexico into the U.S. → Read More

In this water-starved California town, one citrus farmer is trying to hold on

A longtime farmer hopes to save his citrus orchard in the desert town of Borrego Springs, even as the declining aquifer forces major cuts in groundwater pumping. → Read More

A larger issue looms over short-term Colorado River plan: climate change

Officials in three states are working on a Colorado River plan, seeking to avert a crisis. But they’re also recognizing bigger long-term challenges. → Read More

A toxic dumping ground festers on the border

Heaps of old cars, junk and industrial waste leave a hazardous legacy near the U.S.-Mexico border. Mexicali's dump sites pose a serious health threat. → Read More

This river is too toxic to touch, and people live right next to it

The New River is filled with sewage and toxic pollution. Despite more than $90 million spent, the Mexican and U.S. governments have failed to clean it up. → Read More

This city's air is killing people. Who will stop it?

Cities on the U.S.-Mexico border suffer in toxic air. The pollution is making people sick and cutting lives short. Little is being done to stop it. → Read More


'Poisoned City' series investigates how pollution harms border communities

For years, the New River has been plagued by toxic pollutants and raw sewage spills. In 2016, two Desert Sun journalists set out to discover why. → Read More

Gila River leader wants to help Arizona complete water deal but vows to defend landmark settlement

This Arizona Indian community could help seal a Colorado River deal. But its leader says he won’t sacrifice a hard-fought water rights settlement. → Read More

Arizona water agency floats proposal as negotiations on Colorado River deal continue

The Central Arizona Project's board offered a new Colorado River proposal. Talks on a proposed deal are continuing in Arizona. → Read More

Heat killed a record number of people in Phoenix last year as days, nights grow warmer

Health officials say heat killed 172 people in the Phoenix area last year — a record for a second straight year. → Read More

'A hot drought': Warming is driving much of the Colorado River's decline, scientists say

The flow of the Colorado River has shrunk dramatically, and scientists say about half of the trend is linked to rising temperatures. → Read More

At water-starved Lake Mead and Lake Powell, 'the crisis is already real,' scientists say

Scientists say the Colorado River's crisis is visible not just at Lake Mead, but also upstream at Lake Powell. They suggest 'more flexibility.' → Read More

Mojave Desert birds have suffered major collapse over the past century, scientists say

In the Mojave Desert, many types of birds have become less common over the past century. Scientists think climate change is to blame. → Read More

Mojave Desert birds have suffered major collapse over the past century, scientists say

In the Mojave Desert, many types of birds have become less common over the past century. Scientists think climate change is to blame. → Read More

Desert residents have been saving a lot of water. Farms and golf courses, not so much.

Cities in the Coachella Valley have made progress conserving water. But water use on farms and golf courses has remained relatively unchanged. → Read More

Environmental groups, Forest Service reach settlement on Nestlé water permit lawsuit

A settlement has been reached in a legal fight over the permit that allows Nestlé to pipe water out of the San Bernardino National Forest. → Read More