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  • Learning a landscape by tracking its rivers

    Learning a landscape by tracking its rivers

    A newcomer to Montana tries to understand the state's place in the West by figuring where its rivers flow.

  • Stream leases languish

    Efforts to privatize instream-flow protection – to keep enough water in rivers and streams to sustain their ecological functions – face tough going in the West.

  • Non-navigable River Blues

    Non-navigable River Blues

    An obscure legal ruling muddied U.S. water-protection standards, leaving Western intermittent streams and rivers unprotected.

  • Turning water inside-out

    Many Western cities like Sierra Vista, Ariz., were built beside once-beautiful rivers which were overused and then neglected, while the cities looked elsewhere for new water sources to exploit

  • Clean water changes could sully Western streambeds

    If the Bush administration pushes through a rule change to the Clean Water Act, three-fourths of the West’s rivers would be unprotected from pollution

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