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  • Who speaks for the farmers?

    In southern Oregon's Klamath Basin, some local farmers are upset with the Klamath Water Users Association for helping to kill a Farm Bill amendment that would have made it easier for them to sell their land to the federal government.

  • Farmers asked to ante up for salmon

    In Washington's Methow Valley, irrigators are up in arms over the National Marine Fisheries Service claim that leaky ditches take too much water and kill endangered salmon.

  • Living off a leaky canal

    A plan to line with concrete the border's All-American Canal would save water for California, but endanger the livelihood of 30,000 people in Mexico's Mexicali Valley, who use the "wasted" water in agriculture.

  • The man in the rubber boots

    A day spent helping to "bring in the water" on an irrigation ditch leads the writer to muse about the green landscapes in the dry West.

  • Tunneling under California's Bay Delta water wars

    Tunneling under California's Bay Delta water wars

    Environmentalists and fishermen have panned past versions of Gov. Jerry Brown's new proposal for water export tunnels, but it might actually help endangered fish.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Idaho gets smart about water

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

  • The Efficiency Paradox

    Water efficiency has long been touted as a silver bullet for the West’s water problems, but too much efficiency can cause problems of its own, especially in the fragile Colorado River Delta.

  • How to save a creek... one drop at a time

    A detailed map shows the work being done on Oregon’s Whychus Creek to restore instream flows with the cooperation of local farmers

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