Rivers & Lakes

Peace River flood survivors live with a dam’s disruptive legacy
Peace River flood survivors live with a dam’s disruptive legacy
Tensions remain between residents and the hydropower company responsible for the event.
Latest: Invasive zebra mussels have reached Montana
Latest: Invasive zebra mussels have reached Montana
Their arrival could have drastic economic effects.
Feds to send conciliators amid tensions over Dakota Access
Feds to send conciliators amid tensions over Dakota Access
In Bismarck, officials describe a chaotic mix of law enforcement and protesters.
See photos of a journey down the Old Rio Grande
See photos of a journey down the Old Rio Grande
Through the lens of the people who lived near and were shaped by the river.
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.
15 books every well-versed Westerner should read
15 books every well-versed Westerner should read
A reading list for understanding the region.
Healing on the river
Healing on the river
2016 Bell Prize winner.
Will a dam save the pallid sturgeon, or doom it?
Will a dam save the pallid sturgeon, or doom it?
On the Yellowstone River, farmers and conservationists clash over controversial infrastructure.
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.
After thousands of fish die in the Yellowstone River, officials lift boating bans
After thousands of fish die in the Yellowstone River, officials lift boating bans
Stretches of the river remain closed as officials scramble to save the iconic fishery.
Photos of the North Dakota pipeline protest
Photos of the North Dakota pipeline protest
Background on the Standing Rock Sioux pipeline protests and how social media and climate activism raised their profile.
A visit to the Grand Canyon, without handrails
A visit to the Grand Canyon, without handrails
A wild river is “a necessity of the human spirit.”
Latest: Officials open a criminal investigation of EPA’s role in the Animas river spill
Latest: Officials open a criminal investigation of EPA’s role in the Animas river spill
Agency contractors were excavating debris at the old mining site when the river flooded with wastewater.
How to share a dammed river
How to share a dammed river
Boaters are joining wildlife advocates, farmers and power companies to parcel out each cubic foot of Western rivers.
Will a Colorado compromise end a water tug-of-war?
Will a Colorado compromise end a water tug-of-war?
A controversial deal for diverting water across the Rockies faces scrutiny.
Latest: California moves ahead on Bay Delta tunnels plan
Latest: California moves ahead on Bay Delta tunnels plan
Governor Jerry Brown wants to secure water for the drought, but will it leave enough for wildlife?
Salmon power
Salmon power
A historic legal victory could give Alaska tribes more control over their fish, wildlife and homelands.
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.
Latest: EPA won’t regulate logging road runoff
Latest: EPA won’t regulate logging road runoff
EPA says the Clean Water Act is enough to ensure stream health.
The grand plan to save the Yellowstone River
The grand plan to save the Yellowstone River
Can one man’s pie-in-the-sky idea save one of the West’s most iconic and underloved rivers?
When water turns to dust
When water turns to dust
In Oregon, a cluster of lakes is drying up — with dire impacts for the millions of migrating birds that survive off them.
Latest: Columbia River salmon recovery plan invalidated
Latest: Columbia River salmon recovery plan invalidated
It was the fifth to be struck down by the courts.