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  • The Poudre: A river besieged by thirsty cities

    The Poudre: A river besieged by thirsty cities

    Colorado's Cache la Poudre River is the third most endangered river in the country because so many Front Range developers are lusting after its water.

  • Low snowpack means a dry summer for the West

    Low snowpack means a dry summer for the West

    A map shows Western snowpacks as of April 1, 2012, and notes record-breaking heat and dry weather in the Southwest.

  • Climate-forced water planning in Washington’s Yakima Valley

    Climate-forced water planning in Washington’s Yakima Valley

    Prepping for future climate change means fixing past mistakes

  • The brief but wonderful return of Cathedral in the Desert

    Utah’s drought gives proof that Glen Canyon’s Cathedral in the Desert is still in liquid storage underneath Lake Powell

  • Super-sized dam could be a cash register for California farmers

    The Bureau of Reclamation has agreed to deliver more water to California’s Central Valley Project than it actually has, and is considering raising Shasta Dam to provide it

  • Columbia River dams revived

    In Washington, tribes have been shut out of a plan for new Columbia River dams that are being touted as good for salmon as well as farmers

  • Heard around the West

    Lake Powell is draining itself; Geraldine Perkins’ New Mexico gossip column; a really hungry – and thirsty – bear cub; mammals on the grille; python vs. electric blanket; 911 is not a dating service

  • A watershed proposal

    Colorado's only wild and scenic river may be harnessed for a water storage project.

  • Harvesting the sky

    Thirsty Santa Fe, N.M., considers an innovative law requiring all new buildings to install rainwater-harvesting systems.

  • Into thin air?

    Global warming spurs calls for new dams in the West – but where will the water come from to fill them?

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