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  • Walla Walla Basin sidesteps a water war

    On the Walla Walla River In southern Washington and northern Oregon, local farmers and environmentalists have avoided a drought-sparked water war with collaboration and innovative irrigation reform.

  • Farmers agree to tax those who deplete groundwater

    Farmers agree to tax those who deplete groundwater

    Amid drought and climate change in Colorado’s San Luis Valley, farmers vote for a new approach to rein in their overpumping of groundwater.

  • Drought forces a new era of agricultural water conservation

    Drought forces a new era of agricultural water conservation

    Whether converting open ditches into pipelines or fallowing fields, farmers and ranchers in the West are being forced to change the ways they use water as climate-induced drought tightens its grip.

  • Coping with two-headed fish and other effects of selenium

    Coping with two-headed fish and other effects of selenium

    Researchers try to determine if unhealthy amounts of selenium are entering Western soil and water due to energy development.

  • Balancing fish and farms on a Washington estuary

    Balancing fish and farms on a Washington estuary

    A restoration effort at Fisher Slough in Washington's Skagit River Delta has encouraged cooperation between farmers and environmentalists - and might even help endangered chinook salmon.

  • A Colorado newspaperman fights for his valley's water

    A Colorado newspaperman fights for his valley's water

    Bob Rawlings, publisher of the Pueblo Chieftain, has battled for decades to bring water to southeastern Colorado and, once it's there, to keep it no matter what.

  • Weighing our water options

    As the rapidly growing city of Las Vegas, Nev., schemes to find more water, it reminds those of us who live outside big cities that we also need to rethink the way we use water

  • 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

  • Watch the river flow

    Farmers and conservationists have reached a settlement that allows water to flow in California’s San Joaquin River, home to the Friant Dam

  • The Tamarisk Hunter

    In the desert Southwest of 2030 Big Daddy Drought runs the show, California claims all the water, and a water tick named Lolo ekes out a rugged living removing tamarisk.

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