Phoenix’s Climate Sustains Ideal Setting for Reptiles and Rattlesnake

The city of Phoenix is home to the Western Diamondback Rattlesnake and it is the most commonly encountered snake in the Phoenix area. It can be found anywhere where neighborhoods get close to the desert terrain.  A large adult Diamondback is usually 3.5-4 feet in size and is known as the largest rattlesnake in the West. Luckily, there are precautionary measures you can take to avoid any unpleasant encounters. When working outdoors, it’s best to wear heavy work gloves. Be

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The Grand Canyon: A Mix of Aging Infrastructure, Water Systems, and Wonder

Arizona State University recently conducted an informative study indicating the widespread use of antimicrobial compounds are a contributor to pollutants that eventually wind up in the sewer systems, and subsequently into lakes and rivers. Thousands of chemical byproducts, together with the pharmaceuticals we use, end up in our sewage and in surface waters. Over ten years ago, a conclusive study revealed that 80 percent of 139 streams sampled from across the U.S. contained measurable levels of various organic wastewater contaminants.

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The Grand Canyon Event: Cloudy with a chance of Minerals

With each passing year, the Grand Canyon National Park experiences an annual turbidity event, which means that the water in the park will appear slightly cloudier than normal until approximately June. The increased chlorine dosage and enhanced bacteria monitoring and testing is maintained until the turbidity drops down to a normal amount. The cloudiness is caused by snow melt and spring rains recharging the aquifer and the increased water flows through rock formations to the point of supply for the

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