Items by Matt Jenkins

New Hope for the Delta
New Hope for the Delta
During the worst drought in more than a century, the Colorado River may flow to the sea once more.
How does the Colorado River drought stack up?
How does the Colorado River drought stack up?
It’s one of the worst of the millennium.
On the hunt for abalone poachers in Northern California
On the hunt for abalone poachers in Northern California
Don Powers, of the California Department of Fish and Game, spends his days relentlessly pursuing abalone poachers who can't seem to resist the chance to bring in some illegal shellfish cash.
When Peter Gleick fell, California's water world lost big
When Peter Gleick fell, California's water world lost big
After he impersonated a Heartland Institute board member, gadfly scientist and Pacific Institute head Peter Gleick has been persona non grata. But California water bosses may miss his fierce intellect.
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's only full-time water reporter
Colorado's only full-time water reporter
Journalist Chris Woodka tries to bring unbiased water coverage to the pages of the Pueblo Chieftain.
California dings homeowners for wildfire protection
California dings homeowners for wildfire protection
Faced with increasingly destructive wildfires, California is trying to shift some costs to homeowners in the fire zone.
Ganjanomics: bringing Humboldt's shadow economy into the light
Ganjanomics: bringing Humboldt's shadow economy into the light
Marijuana growers and government officials in California's notorious "Emerald Triangle" work towards legitimizing the local cash crop.
Wild lands by any other name
Wild lands by any other name
For 18 years, Westerners have been arguing about BLM’s wilderness-worthy land; now, the Obama administration has stepped in.
Can bandits: Recycling fraud hits California
Can bandits: Recycling fraud hits California
Criminals steal millions from the state -- one nickel at a time
California crab-boat captain powers through tsunami to safety
California crab-boat captain powers through tsunami to safety
A Crescent City, Calif. crab boat captain maneuvers his way through a tsunami-whorled sea in order to save his fishing boat.
In Navajoland, a contentious water deal divides the tribe
In Navajoland, a contentious water deal divides the tribe
The Navajos are on the brink of getting water they've long been entitled to, but not everybody on the reservation is pleased.
California's Hupa tribe wars over fish
California's Hupa tribe wars over fish
Three decades after winning the right to catch salmon, California's Hupa Indians debate whether it's right to sell those fish off the reservation.
California's Tangled Water Politics
California's Tangled Water Politics
Will there ever be enough water in California's Bay Delta to satisfy farmers, keep fish alive and quench the thirst of millions of people?
Shadowing fishermen's nets with a robot sub
Shadowing fishermen's nets with a robot sub
New research sheds light on life at 90 fathoms.
Last rites in salmon country?
Last rites in salmon country?
Salmon fishermen gear up for a risky season despite California’s ongoing water wars.
Viva la Archives!
Viva la Archives!
Budget cuts have endangered California's Water Resources Center Archives, which serves as the state's institutional water memory.
Feinstein's Water Bomb
Feinstein's Water Bomb
A rider to the jobs bill could free up water for California farms—and blow up hope for balance in the future of the state’s water politics
Breakdown
Breakdown
California's Westlands irrigation district wants to blame the tiny and endangered Delta smelt for its water troubles, but the real culprit is simply long-term drought.
Gone in 60 seconds
Gone in 60 seconds
Despite auctioneer Peter Stremmel's enthusiasm, the Western artwork sold at this year's Coeur d'Alene Art Auction in Reno didn't bring very high prices.
The diplomacy of water
Norris Hundley's magisterial Water in the West is back in print to enlighten readers about water politics, especially the Colorado River Compact.
Biotech beet-down
Biotech beet-down
That candy bar you're eating may have been made with genetically modified beets that were illegally approved.
Vegas forges ahead on pipeline plan
The Southern Nevada Water Authority is slowly removing obstacles in the way of its plan to pump water from the Great Basin and ship it to Las Vegas.
The Most Cooked-Up Catch
The Most Cooked-Up Catch
Saving fisheries -- and taking the edge off the dangerous derby of the sea.
How low will it go?
How low will it go?
If Eric Kuhn is right about the Colorado River, then the state faces a dry and difficult future of fighting for water.
Liquid assets
California is enthusiastic about creating “water banks” to help the state’s cities weather future droughts.
The Mog Squad
In the quest for the ultimate firefighting machine, the BLM in Nevada has turned to some very big, very strange, and very foreign vehicles.
Peace on the Klamath
For years, Native Americans, fishermen and farmers have battled over the Klamath River in southern Oregon and Northern California, but finally a complicated truce is in the works.
Seeking the Water Jackpot
The Navajo Nation is determined to finally claim its rightful share of the Colorado River after 86 years of being left out of the region’s water politics.