/ Modified oct 6, 2017 4:04 p.m.

Episode 158: Two Countries and the Future of the Colorado River

Also, a controversial UA honors dorm; a DOJ policy change affecting local police; and a preview of Tucson Meet Yourself.

The Colorado River supplies water to 40 million people in the western U.S., including Tucson…and that’s before it flows into Mexico. The two countries recently came to a far-reaching agreement on how they’ll manage and conserve the highly stressed river. Metro Week met with two experts about water to talk about the agreement and what it’ll mean for our community.

The Arizona Board of Regents has given the University of Arizona the go-ahead to proceed with plans to build an honors college complex a few blocks from the main campus. But opposition to the project remains. On Metro Week, we chat with neighborhood representative Dianna Lett, who still opposes the project, and with the UA’s assistant VP for planning, design and construction, Peter Dourlein.

The U.S. Justice Department announced recently that it would significantly roll back Obama-era programs that support local police departments to reform after controversial incidents like police-involved shootings. Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus has spoken out about that move. He came into our studios this week, along with Liana Perez, Tucson’s independent police auditor, to talk about the impact those changes would have on local police departments.

Tucson Meet Yourself will take over the El Presidio Park Oct. 13-15 for the 44th year in a row. We head downtown for a preview from director Maribel Alvarez, musician José Luis Puerta and logistics man Rodrigo Ortega.

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