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  • 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.

  • Notes from the (water) underground

    Research hydrologist Gordon Grant is fascinated by the groundwater in the Pacific Northwest.

  • Getting fresh with the West’s groundwater

    A new desalination technology uses the sun and your air conditioner to create fresh water.

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