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  • On the Colorado River, a tug-of-war on a tightrope

    A wet winter postpones the declaration of a shortage on the Colorado River as the Upper and Lower Basin states continue to squabble over long-strategy for dealing with the region's droughts

  • The Snake River, unplugged

    The Nez Perce Tribe says that salmon-killing dams -- such as the three in Hells Canyon whose licenses are up for renewal this year – amount to an illegal "taking" of the tribe’s guaranteed right to fish

  • ‘Tributary issue' could force a seven-stateshowdown

    Nevada is fighting with the four Upper Basin states of Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and New Mexico over its right to use water from the Colorado River’s tributaries, in particular the Virgin and the Muddy rivers

  • Judge leaves Front Range cities mile-high and dry

    A Colorado judge cancels the water right of a private company that had planned to build the state’s largest dam and use it to pipe water from the Western Slope to the cities of Denver and Colorado Springs

  • 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

  • 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

  • How low will Vegas go for water?

    Patricia Mulroy of the Southern Nevada Water Authority has ambitious plans for getting yet more water for Las Vegas from intake pipes in Lake Mead

  • For salmon, a crucial moment of decision

    A judge has thrown out the Bush administration’s salmon protection plan, setting the stage for dramatic changes to the federal hydropower system

  • Into thin air?

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

  • Once more into the breach: Dams could fall in the Northwest

    Rocky Barker says dam-breaching is back on the table in the Northwest

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