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  • Feature 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?

  • Uncommon Westerners A divine business

    A divine business

    In Bozeman, Mont., 78-year-old Vern Bandy says he finds water using the legendary art of dowsing.

  • Letters

    Dam removal is not for dummies

  • Focus Draining the tub

    Draining the tub

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

  • Current Dam removal for dummies

    Dam removal for dummies

    A how-to guide to free-flowing rivers, with illustrations from Oregon's recently removed Gold Ray Dam.

  • Current Hula on the hill

    Hula on the hill

    In Butte, Mont., a giant hula dance calls attention to the polluted water in the Berkeley Pit.

  • Current A river again?

    A river again?

    The EPA extends Clean Water Act protection to L.A.'s urban watershed.

  • Current Rapid runoff

    Rapid runoff

    Recent dust storms have caused Colorado's snowpack to melt even faster than usual.

  • Current A boring diagram

    A boring diagram

    An extraordinary 1,500-ton machine will create a new water intake from drought-stricken Lake Mead to thirsty Las Vegas

  • Writers on the Range Removing four dams is worth some compromise

    Removing four dams is worth some compromise

    It's not perfect, but the settlement that removes four dams in Oregon and California's Klamath River Basin is the right thing to do.

  • Writers on the Range Floyd Dominy, the colossus of dams, dies at 100

    Floyd Dominy, the colossus of dams, dies at 100

    An interview with the former Bureau of Reclamation commissioner, who built Glen Canyon dam

  • News 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

  • Feature Audio: Water wonk

    Audio: Water wonk

    Contributing editor Matt Jenkins talks about California's Westlands Water District and the complicated water politics of the West.

  • Feature 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.

  • Multimedia Colorado River Blues

    Colorado River Blues

    A slideshow of images of the Colorado River and the eclectic group of people who depend on it.

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