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  • (Manmade) snow is for fighting over

    (Manmade) snow is for fighting over

    In an increasingly arid West, snow-making becomes a more important component of a ski area’s operating plan. But they need water to make snow, and getting it isn’t always easy.

  • The BLM fights for the Southwest’s last free-flowing river

    The BLM fights for the Southwest’s last free-flowing river

    A federal agency asserts its water rights to the San Pedro river in a case that might eventually lead to limits on growth in Arizona.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Colorado water diversions, urban and rural

    Colorado water diversions, urban and rural

    Colorado's Front Range and Western Slope communities and farms have always wrangled over the water produced high in the Rocky Mountains.

  • HCN looks to the future

    In a special summer reading issue, HCN dishes up a science fiction story that imagines life in the Southwest in 2030 or so, when "Big Daddy Drought" is in full stride, and California claims all water

  • 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

  • When it comes to importing water, nothing seems too extreme

    When it comes to importing water, nothing seems too extreme

    A new proposal to send Mississippi River water out West is both insane and entirely possible, given the outrageous water schemes of the past.

  • Where has Montana's water gone?

    Where has Montana's water gone?

    The Yellowstone River Compact may not protect Montanans who rely on the Tongue River’s water.

  • The elephant that was left out of the room …

    Indian tribes were left out of the negotiations that divvied up the Colorado River in 1922, but it’s no longer possible to ignore them – particularly in the case of the Navajo Nation.

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