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  • Ultimate solution?

    Southern California wants to use desalination to increase its water supply, but critics think the idea needs to be taken with a grain of salt.

  • Tunneling under California's Bay Delta water wars

    Tunneling under California's Bay Delta water wars

    Environmentalists and fishermen have panned past versions of Gov. Jerry Brown's new proposal for water export tunnels, but it might actually help endangered fish.

  • Welcome to the era of scarcity

    Welcome to the era of scarcity

    Arguing about water is a beloved Western pastime, but as the snowpack shrinks, Coloradoans are going to find themselves seriously fighting over what’s left in the Colorado River.

  • Dwindling supplies inflame water wars

    Dwindling supplies inflame water wars

    Arguing about water is a beloved Western pastime, but Coloradoans may soon find themselves seriously fighting over what’s left in the Colorado River.

  • Against the current

    For a long time, the West used water as if the supply were endless, but nowadays environmentalists are finding that too much efficiency causes problems of its own, especially in fragile ecosystems like the Colorado River Delta.

  • Facing the Yuck Factor

    As population growth and climate change stress the region’s water supplies, Westerners think hard about recycling their effluent, although some worry about the possibly harmful endocrine disrupters found in cleaned-up effluent.

  • Take back these drugs – please

    Some communities are trying to keep discarded pharmaceuticals out of the water supply by organizing “take-back programs” for leftover drugs

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