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  • A green obsession

    Westerners, like most Americans, are deeply in love with their lawns – but in an time of increasing drought, the Kentucky bluegrass is going to have to go

  • A report from Nebraska, deep in drought

    In the Nebraska Sandhills, farmland that should never have been plowed is vanishing into dust, and once-vibrant communities are drying up, too, leaving ghosts behind.

  • A River Once More

    In Oregon, a revolutionary community alliance is working to put water – and steelhead trout – back into the Deschutes River

  • A river runs near it

    In Washington’s Yakima Valley and in northern Colorado, water developers want to build kindler, gentler “off-channel” reservoirs.

  • 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

  • Against the current

    For a long time, the West used water as if the supply were endless, but nowadays environmentalists are finding that too much efficiency causes problems of its own, especially in fragile ecosystems like the Colorado River Delta.

  • As salmon decline, feds draw the line

    In Washington's Methow Valley, irrigation ditches are bone dry because the National Marine Fisheries Service has shut off their water to protect salmon in the Methow River and its tributaries.

  • Blurring the landscape

    Historian Mark Fiege's book, "Irrigated Eden: The Making of an Agricultural Landscape in the American West," describes southern Idaho as a hybrid habitat that reveals a complicated reciprocal relationship between people and nature.

  • California's farmers ditch dirty diesel pumps

    California’s two largest utility companies are encouraging farmers to switch from polluting diesel irrigation pumps to electric ones

  • Deciphering the ditches

    José A. Rivera's "Acequia Culture: Water, Land and Community in the Southwest" is a valuable reference on the acequia system of ditch irrigation and the Hispanic communities it nourishes.

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