Colorado River

The fight to save vaquitas from extinction
The fight to save vaquitas from extinction
Through a tangle of corruption and overfishing, a marine species hangs in the balance.
California water project could cramp Colorado River plan
California water project could cramp Colorado River plan
If the Delta tunnels deal sinks, it could mean increased pressure on the already-strapped Colorado.
U.S. and Mexico agree to share a shrinking Colorado River
U.S. and Mexico agree to share a shrinking Colorado River
The two nations are poised to sign an updated water pact to deal with drought.
Down with the Glen Canyon Dam?
Down with the Glen Canyon Dam?
Activists claim that decommissioning the dam will save water and restore a wild canyon. Are they right?
Money-for-water programs work — but for how long?
Money-for-water programs work — but for how long?
In the Colorado River Basin, a pilot project wins over skeptical farmers and ranchers.
How farmers can help keep salt out of the Colorado River
How farmers can help keep salt out of the Colorado River
The solution to a basin-wide problem may fall to individual irrigators.
Denver to get more water from the Colorado River
Denver to get more water from the Colorado River
Colorado’s largest water supplier makes a big ask — and a bold promise — with demand for water.
How collaboration can save the Colorado River
How collaboration can save the Colorado River
Different interests must align for a successful restoration.
The Colorado River is shrinking because of climate change
The Colorado River is shrinking because of climate change
A long-term drought threatens Western cities’ water supplies.
Can private money solve public water problems?
Can private money solve public water problems?
As facilities age and public funding declines, private companies may step in.
Climate change is shrinking the West’s water supply
Climate change is shrinking the West’s water supply
Three new studies show dry times ahead.
Technology is cropping up in our lettuce fields
Technology is cropping up in our lettuce fields
In Yuma, Arizona, agriculture has embraced technology to increase yield.
Have we underestimated the West’s super-floods?
Have we underestimated the West’s super-floods?
Scientists warn that enormous floods may be more likely than we thought — and the Oroville Dam and others weren’t built to withstand them.
15 books every well-versed Westerner should read
15 books every well-versed Westerner should read
A reading list for understanding the region.
The fading grandeur of the Glen Canyon Dam
The fading grandeur of the Glen Canyon Dam
Silt and erosion threaten to clog up the enduring structure.
War and peace on the Colorado River
War and peace on the Colorado River
A new book makes a case for optimism in the basin, but the threat of water battles will always be around.
‘These big dreams to have everyone prosper’
‘These big dreams to have everyone prosper’
A conversation with Renae Yellowhorse about the proposal to build a tram to the Colorado River.
What is a chub, really?
What is a chub, really?
In Arizona, three native chub species were reclassified as one, raising concerns about the management of the species.
Legislation revives Grand Canyon development question
Legislation revives Grand Canyon development question
Escalade bill leaves opponents scrambling for support, and tribal members divided.
New documentary offers a sharp look at the West’s water crisis
New documentary offers a sharp look at the West’s water crisis
In ‘Killing the Colorado,’ people, not nature, are responsible for shortages.
The Colorado River’s unexpected carbon footprint
The Colorado River’s unexpected carbon footprint
Flooding a dry riverbed restored vegetation, but released significant amounts of methane and carbon dioxide.
New measures could reduce Glen Canyon Dam’s impact on the Grand Canyon — a bit
New measures could reduce Glen Canyon Dam’s impact on the Grand Canyon — a bit
As long as the dam remains in place, impacts are inevitable.
Why is an Estonian energy giant trying to revive failed Utah oil dreams?
Why is an Estonian energy giant trying to revive failed Utah oil dreams?
There’s a new proposal to extract oil from shale, at great cost to the Colorado River Basin.