Drought

In the Southwest, a sustainable breed of cattle
In the Southwest, a sustainable breed of cattle
The criollo cow can thrive in hot, dry conditions that are difficult for other breeds.
A flood of drought news can reduce water use
A flood of drought news can reduce water use
Drought-stricken California conserved more when media coverage spiked.
One in 30 wells in the West failed in recent years
One in 30 wells in the West failed in recent years
New research shows just how many wells ran dry between 2013 and 2015.
The land of rain
The land of rain
Storms have drenched California. But they hardly compared to the storms of 1862.
California’s recent rains won’t fix its other, very big problem
California’s recent rains won’t fix its other, very big problem
Even in wet years, farmers use too much water — and the Central Valley is sinking.
Latest: California’s tree die-off is bigger than you thought
Latest: California’s tree die-off is bigger than you thought
An additional 36 million trees have died since May.
Hope in a post-nature society
Hope in a post-nature society
A writer seeks answers from Lake Powell.
Dreams of dust
Dreams of dust
How Central Valley communities are coping with prolonged water shortages.
Terry Tempest Williams and the refuge of change
Terry Tempest Williams and the refuge of change
One of the West’s most beloved authors revisits Great Salt Lake.
Science fiction’s warnings for the present
Science fiction’s warnings for the present
Kim Stanley Robinson on climate change and the precarious health of the planet.
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.
For the first time, U.S. and Mexico take stock of the underground water they share
For the first time, U.S. and Mexico take stock of the underground water they share
The two countries have tried for years to thoroughly assess aquifers along the border.
Is there a way to revive drought-stricken soil?
Is there a way to revive drought-stricken soil?
In Colorado, potato-farming brothers are saving water by using cover crops innovatively.
The NASA scientist keeping an eye on California’s drought
The NASA scientist keeping an eye on California’s drought
Senior scientist Jay Famiglietti’s research looks at the West and the world’s dwindling water resources.
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.
Wildfire rips through California’s windy Cajon Pass
Wildfire rips through California’s windy Cajon Pass
Under potentially ‘new normal’ fire conditions, 80,000 people have been evacuated.
The West’s ‘new normal’: Another long season of volatile wildfires
The West’s ‘new normal’: Another long season of volatile wildfires
In California and across the region, drought and heat makes for big blazes.
Ranch Diaries: After a dry spell, we finally have good rain at the ranch
Ranch Diaries: After a dry spell, we finally have good rain at the ranch
We altered our grazing plan early in the summer to account for aridity, but now we’re rolling in forage.
California plans to log its drought-killed trees
California plans to log its drought-killed trees
Cutting down dead trees may not reduce wildfire risk.
Arizona fends off threats to water supplies
Arizona fends off threats to water supplies
Republican Gov. Doug Ducey is sticking by regulations and negotiating deals.
Can California’s water agencies keep up the conservation momentum?
Can California’s water agencies keep up the conservation momentum?
Without mandatory regulations, some local districts fear a return to water waste.
Southwest primed for a nasty fire season
Southwest primed for a nasty fire season
In much of California, Arizona and New Mexico El Niño and La Niña have combined to create dry fuels, ready to burn.
As Lake Mead sinks, states agree to more drastic water cuts
As Lake Mead sinks, states agree to more drastic water cuts
California, Arizona and Nevada are back in negotiations about the dwindling Colorado River water supply.