Water

Drought damages trees' ability to store carbon
Drought damages trees' ability to store carbon
How long-term forest health is compromised years after dry-spells.
Colorado's water plan: an end to mega projects?
Colorado's water plan: an end to mega projects?
The latest draft of the plan sets strict guidelines for approving new diversions over the Rocky Mountains.
Whitewater parks: an unlikely drought bailout
Whitewater parks: an unlikely drought bailout
Expensive artificial wave features can ease dry times for river economies.
Drought bill aims to build dams to alleviate water shortages
Drought bill aims to build dams to alleviate water shortages
Despite the drought, agriculture in California is in better shape than you might think.
How the California drought exacerbates water contamination
How the California drought exacerbates water contamination
This rural community couldn't drink the water, even if they had it.
Old mines still plague Montana's Clark Fork
Old mines still plague Montana's Clark Fork
Why one of the nation's largest Superfund river sites can't address pollution from abandoned mines.
Mapping drought's impact on electricity generation
Mapping drought's impact on electricity generation
Natural gas, wind and solar fill some of the hydropower deficit in California.
Lake Mead watch: As the Colorado dries up, will tourism?
Lake Mead watch: As the Colorado dries up, will tourism?
What dropping water levels could mean for the region’s recreation economy.
Dam bill for Green River revives industrialist dream
Dam bill for Green River revives industrialist dream
Boosters want Fontenelle Dam to divert more water in southwest Wyoming.
Lake Mead watch: As levels fall, hydropower dips
Lake Mead watch: As levels fall, hydropower dips
Why Southwest utilities are starting to sweat.
Latest: Clean Water Act to protect more waterways
Latest: Clean Water Act to protect more waterways
After years of confusion over which waters are protected by the EPA, Waters of the US rule is updated.
Grand Canyon floods are rebuilding sandbars
Grand Canyon floods are rebuilding sandbars
But there are limits to what can be done to tweak dam management to benefit ecosystems.
How the West will feel groundwater shortages
How the West will feel groundwater shortages
New research shows stressed water supplies, as demand increases.
Lake Mead watch: six inches from the level that triggers cutbacks
Lake Mead watch: six inches from the level that triggers cutbacks
If water curtailments go into effect, which states are most vulnerable, and why?
Senate committee votes to block Obama's clean water rule
Senate committee votes to block Obama's clean water rule
Republicans say new rule would give the federal government too much authority over waterways and wetlands.
EPA says fracking could contaminate drinking water
EPA says fracking could contaminate drinking water
Feds identify no widespread problem but concede to insufficient data.
Can leasing irrigation water keep Colorado farms alive?
Can leasing irrigation water keep Colorado farms alive?
Farmers try to stop “buy and dry” by pooling water rights to supply growing cities.
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.