Water

The drought isn’t over, so let’s not relax
The drought isn’t over, so let’s not relax
It’s too soon to stop water conservation efforts. News of the drought’s end are greatly exaggerated.
Snowpack is melting fast, despite April storms
Snowpack is melting fast, despite April storms
It has dwindled faster than experts have seen in nearly four decades, which could upset reservoir management.
In rare bipartisan decision, Senate approves Yakima water projects
In rare bipartisan decision, Senate approves Yakima water projects
Conservation, wilderness and water provisions long in the works were added to the massive energy bill.
New perspective from Edward Abbey on the river
New perspective from Edward Abbey on the river
Review of ‘The Hidden Canyon: A River Journey’ by John Blaustein
Scarcity and survival reign in ‘The Water Knife’
Scarcity and survival reign in ‘The Water Knife’
A conversation with Paolo Bacigalupi about climate fiction, the power of water and his new novel.
Senate considers legislation to help the West store and conserve water
Senate considers legislation to help the West store and conserve water
Twelve Western states have declared drought emergencies.
I have seen the future, and it looks like Mad Max
I have seen the future, and it looks like Mad Max
How a post-apocalyptic action movie can help us ward off ecological disaster.
Weather dispatch from Wrangell, Alaska: Drought in the rainforest?
Weather dispatch from Wrangell, Alaska: Drought in the rainforest?
As Southwest states were pummeled with rain, Southeast Alaska dries out.
More waterways likely protected under new EPA rule
More waterways likely protected under new EPA rule
The controversial Clean Water Act rule protects tributaries with any sign of water, no matter the flow.
Rains bring incomplete drought relief to parts of Southwest
Rains bring incomplete drought relief to parts of Southwest
Snowpack is above normal in spots, but doesn't make up for its lack earlier in the year.
On New Mexico’s Gila River, a contentious diversion gets the go-ahead
On New Mexico’s Gila River, a contentious diversion gets the go-ahead
Questions remain of how much water it will yield and whether local farmers can afford to buy it.
The Latest: Lake Mead hits a record low of 1,078 feet
The Latest: Lake Mead hits a record low of 1,078 feet
Water cutbacks would start if the reservoir reaches 1,075.
Wyoming trespass law is the latest in grazing battle
Wyoming trespass law is the latest in grazing battle
Questions remain over whether the bill prohibits certain data collection on federal land or just private and state.
The Los Angeles wetland wars
The Los Angeles wetland wars
Environmentalists saved a wetland from developers a decade ago. Now they’re trying to save it from each other.
Fisher-poets of the pale tide
Fisher-poets of the pale tide
A gathering of maritime minstrels on the Oregon coast.
Utah vastly overstating future water shortages
Utah vastly overstating future water shortages
State projections downplayed what conservation and agriculture can provide.
Gov. Brown slashes Sacramento Delta environmental protection
Gov. Brown slashes Sacramento Delta environmental protection
California tunnel plan also introduces water uncertainties for farms and cities.
Hundreds of lapsed permits found on Forest Service land
Hundreds of lapsed permits found on Forest Service land
Expired water permit for Nestlé draws attention to flawed federal supervision.
For rural Oregonians, protections from herbicides come up short
For rural Oregonians, protections from herbicides come up short
Aerial spray regs remain the West Coast’s weakest after the death of a key law.
Canadian water for California’s drought?
Canadian water for California’s drought?
A far-fetched pipe dream rears its head.
Huge new 'communities' planned for Tucson, Albuquerque
Huge new 'communities' planned for Tucson, Albuquerque
Sprawl rises from its slumber, but urban renaissance is still thriving.
Tucson’s rain-catching revolution
Tucson’s rain-catching revolution
In the Sonoran Desert, rainwater harvesting is finally going mainstream.
Can our own ingenuity upend natural laws?
Can our own ingenuity upend natural laws?
Reflections on the health of my heart and the making of Hoover Dam.