November 20, 1989
The West's refusal to confront the issue of water quality will haunt the region.
The Newlands project in Nevada has become a diabolical machine whose main products are poisoned and deformed birds.
In the case of Colorado's Arkansas River, it's more accurate to talk of a pollution-shed than a watershed.
During the droughty summer of 1988, irrigators sucked many Montana streams dry. The backlash could re-order the way the state manages water.
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