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  • Grand Canyon oases face faraway threats

    Small desert springs in the Grand Canyon area are indispensable oases for many plants and animals, but they may be endangered by development many miles away as the groundwater is depleted.

  • Will the Met wring the desert dry?

    The Metropolitan Water District's plan to tap aquifers at Cadiz, Calif., for Los Angeles could harm the fragile groundwater system that sustains the desert, including the Mojave National Preserve.

  • The Bakken oil play spurs a booming business -- in water

    The Bakken oil play spurs a booming business -- in water

    Hydraulic fracturing's extraordinary appetite for water is creating friction between North Dakota's farmers and drillers.

  • Have golf's glory days gone by?

    Golf – the game that brought grass to the desert – appears to have hit a rough patch in the West

  • A world built on groundwater

    In Ogallala Blue: Water and Life on the Great Plains, William Ashworth examines the effects of groundwater dependency in a dry land

  • Montana court acknowledges water linkage

    Montana’s Supreme Court rules that groundwater and surface water are connected, in a ruling that will affect water rights and development across the state

  • Idaho gets smart about water

    Idaho is weathering the drought by taking a new, scientific approach to managing water use among its farmers

  • Running on empty in Sin City

    Although many rural Nevadans are unhappy with Las Vegas’ plans for a giant groundwater project, the six other states that rely on water from the Colorado River are hoping the Nevada project goes ahead.

  • Waterblogged

    Rick Spilsbury, a Western Shoshone Indian, writes bitingly and sometimes hilariously about Nevada’s water issues on his "noshootfoot" blog

  • No more ignoring the obvious: Idaho sucks itself dry

    Overpumping has drained Idaho's Snake River acquifer until rivers like the Big Lost run dry.

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