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    I am mayordomo

    Stanley Crawford's book "Mayordomo" chronicles his experience as mayordomo of the Acequia de la Jara in his rural New Mexico community.

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    A river becomes a raw nerve

    The grassroots environmental group Amigos Bravos seeks consensus in the mostly Hispanic communities along the Rio Costilla in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico, where there is never enough water to go around.

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    Western Slope wins water wrestle

    A judge shoots down a water project that would have diverted water from the Gunnison River Basin on Colorado's Western Slope over to Denver's thirsty suburbs.

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    Should a highway run through it?

    The Utah Department of Transportation wants to run the four-lane "Legacy Highway" through 160 acres of federally protected wetlands near Salt Lake City.

  • Essays

    In the Sonoran Desert, a lesson already learned

    As the aquifer that lies under Scottsdale is steadily emptied to provide water for booming development, Arizonans ought to consider the fate of the pre-Columbian desert Indians, who once also thrived in the area - until their water ran out.

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    Locals stand behind an aging dam

    The Savage Rapids Dam on Oregon's Rogue River remains standing despite the threatened coho salmon, because local irrigators are determined to save it.

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    We wanted to democratize Western water

    In her own words, Denise Fort, chair of the Western Water Policy Review Advisory Commission, defends the water report.

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    This report could destroy irrigated agriculture

    In his own words, rancher Patrick O'Toole explains why he dissented from the Western Water Policy Review Advisory Commission's report.

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    Western water: Why it's dirty and in short supply

    The new report, "Water in the West: The Challenge for the Next Century," is a remarkably far-sighted federal study that should serve as both a mission statement and a wake-up call about water management in the arid West.

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    Water in rivers is OK

    New Mexico's attorney general rules that water rights may be held onto even if the water is not diverted from the stream to be used.

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    Nobody gives a damn about this dam

    The Army abandons Red Butte Reservoir in Utah, and leaves no one responsible for the dam, its reservoir and the June sucker fish that live in the water.

  • Essays

    The birth, life, and coming death of a Wyoming dam

    Someday the Shoshone Dam at the end of the North Fork of Wyoming's Shoshone River will be only a memory, transformed by its silted-up reservoir into a gigantic waterfall.

  • Book Reviews

    California Water Map

    The updated California Water Map explains the state's complex network of water projects.

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    River heritage plan sent downstream

    The American Heritage Rivers Initiative, intended to help rivers such as Colorado's North Fork of the Gunnison, meets surprising opposition from Western conservatives.

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    The power politics of dam removal

    Sen. Slade Gorton waffles over the removal of one of the two unpopular dams on Washington's Elwha River.

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