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  • 'They wasted a lot of money'

    Mary Belardo, chair of the Torres-Martinez Band of Desert Cahuilla Indians, talks about the Indian perspective on the Salton Sea.

  • A bullet for the bearer of bad news

    After Michele DeHart of the Fish Passage Center in Portland, Ore., publicly supported a plan to protect salmon, angry lawmakers led by Sen. Larry Craig yanked the center’s funding

  • A green obsession

    Westerners, like most Americans, are deeply in love with their lawns – but in an time of increasing drought, the Kentucky bluegrass is going to have to go

  • A long-submerged town becomes visible

    A long-submerged town becomes visible

    Water recedes under drought conditions and reveals a lost California community.

  • 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 tempered victory

    The Gila River Indian Community in Arizona is on the verge of a huge and historic water rights victory, but even the most successful Indian crusades for water are always compromises

  • A tiny tribe wins big on clean water

    The Supreme Court rules that the Isleta Pueblo tribe in New Mexico has the right to order the city of Albuquerque to end its dumping in the Rio Grande River.

  • A Utah resort town welcomes 300,000 foreigners

    The writer has high hopes for a beetle from Kazakhstan that devours invasive tamarisk trees

  • A water tale to set you on fire

    Drury Gunn Carr's new documentary follows the Shoshone Tribe's legal battle to change Wyoming water law and win its water rights.

  • Adapt or collapse

    In his book Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, Jared Diamond warns about societies that overreach themselves – a warning that southern Arizona, in the midst of its tremendous real estate boom, ought to heed

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