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  • A crisis brews on the Colorado

    As the Colorado River Basin enters a sixth year of drought, the Interior Department orders seven states to start coordinating their management of the dwindling water supply.

  • Colorado River gets a recreation plan

    The National Park Service’s new management plan for the Grand Canyon river corridor allows continued motorized access

  • Colorado River states reach landmark agreement

    The seven states of the Colorado River Basin have come to a groundbreaking agreement that, among other things, will allow cities such as Las Vegas to lease water from out-of-state farms during times of drought

  • Draining the tub

    Draining the tub

    Lake Mead has dropped below its record low, and the reservoir's future does not look good.

  • Drought forces Las Vegas to reach deeper for water

    Lake Mead has dropped to about 58 percent of its capacity, and the quality of the water has changed, causing more expensive production and increased danger of not meeting health standards

  • Greenhouse gases go underground

    Plans for permanently storing carbon dioxide in oil fields will benefit energy companies who already use carbon dioxide injection to boost output.

  • Heard around the West

    Wandering sea lion; off-roading over geysers; Blizzard of 1049; Wyoming’s got money; bowling for meteorites; Lake Mead is shrinking; and controversial books at the public library

  •  Hoover Dam: marvel and folly

    Hoover Dam: marvel and folly

    Hoover Dam is an amazing piece of engineering, but it has outlived its usefulness.

  • Lake Mead's retreat leaves Nevada ghost town high and dry

    Lake Mead's retreat leaves Nevada ghost town high and dry

    The residents of St. Thomas were forced to leave their homes behind when Lake Mead submerged their town. But after decades under water, drought has brought it back to the surface.

  • Las Vegas needs to let the market decide where the water goes

    Las Vegas needs to let the market decide where the water goes

    The only reason Las Vegas has managed to thrive in the scorching desert is that its water is subsidized and its use is disconnected from the real cost.

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