Articles written by Alex Hager

Sorted by date  Results 1 - 3 of 3

  • Federal regulators deny permits for hydropower projects on Navajo Nation

    Alex Hager, KUNC|Updated Mar 26, 2024

    Navajo Nation-Federal energy officials took the unusual step of denying permits Thursday to several pumped hydropower projects proposed on the Navajo Nation, citing a new policy that gives tribes a greater voice in projects on their lands. The tribe and environmental groups had urged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to deny applications for several of the pumped storage projects, saying they worried about the impact of the projects but had not been consulted by...

  • Arizona tribe to get millions in federal payouts for water conservation

    Alex Hager, KUNC|Updated May 17, 2023

    WASHINGTON, D.C.-The Gila River Indian Community could get up to $233 million in federal funding for water conservation, one of the first to get the money under a program aimed at encouraging water cutbacks in Arizona, California and Nevada. The tribe will get $50 million from the Inflation Reduction Act this year in exchange for agreeing to leave 125,000 acre-feet of water in Lake Mead that it would otherwise be entitled to. There is an option for the tribe to do so again in...

  • Access to clean water, rights to Colorado River are high priorities for tribes

    Alex Hager, KUNC|Updated Jun 23, 2022

    Two recent moves aim to benefit water access for tribal communities in the Colorado River basin. One, a bill in the U.S. Congress, could increase access to clean water. Another, the release of a "shared vision" statement, outlines the goals of tribes and conservation nonprofits. Tribes in the basin hold rights to about a quarter of the river's flow but have often been excluded from negotiations about how the river's water is used. At the same time, tribal communities often...