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  • A massive restoration program may have nothing left to save

    Fish populations are plunging in the California Delta even as the CalFed Bay-Delta Authority considers exporting yet more water

  • A whole lot of shaking

    In his book A Crack in the Edge of the World, Simon Winchester takes a comprehensive look at the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and warns of the geological perils still facing the region

  • An L.A. story, in incidents and rhythms: A review of The Book of Want

    Daniel Olivas' novel uses magical realism to describe the lives of a Mexican-American family in Los Angeles.

  • Brave new L.A.

    Brave new L.A.

    Los Angeles is an unlikely model of urban sustainability for the West and the world.

  • Coming to a farm near you: Los Angeles

    In this issue of High Country News, Matt Jenkins dives into the murky world of L.A.’s water system

  • In the suburbs of Los Angeles, your futureawaits

    The neighborhoods of suburban L.A. can serve as a useful model for the West’s urban planners

  • Mourning before departure

    Mourning before departure

    A review of The Days Are Gods by Liz Stephens

  • Owens River will finally get its water back

    The Lower Owens River in Inyo County, Calif., may finally get its water back from Los Angeles, thanks to a last-minute lawsuit by the state’s attorney general

  • Postscript to a water war

    Nearly a decade after Imperial Valley irrigators fought off a water grab by Texans Ed and Lee Bass, the Imperial Valley Irrigation District buys the old Bass property, Western Farms, and the water rights that come with it

  • 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

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