Water

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.
The future of the Sacramento Delta hangs in the balance
The future of the Sacramento Delta hangs in the balance
But few Californians seem to grasp what is at stake.
Four women joyride the flood that will revive the Colorado River Delta
The Sacramento-San Joaquin deltas of 1772 and today
The Sacramento-San Joaquin deltas of 1772 and today
Remembering explorers past of this California water source.
A wild river usually claims right of way
A wild river usually claims right of way
And this one is close to sweeping away a historic chalet.
Water and waste are an old story
Water and waste are an old story
This resource in the American West will always be dammed, diverted or otherwise purloined.
Drought, Glen Canyon Dam, climate change and God
Drought, Glen Canyon Dam, climate change and God
Stopping by the dam during a days-long experimental flood, it's clear that even this massive feat of engineering can't fix the arid West.
A review of Our Beautiful, Fragile World: The Nature and Environmental Photographs of Peter Essick
A review of Our Beautiful, Fragile World: The Nature and Environmental Photographs of Peter Essick
Essick's photographs for National Geographic cover the issues of the West, and the world.
New Hope for the Delta
New Hope for the Delta
During the worst drought in more than a century, the Colorado River may flow to the sea once more.
How does the Colorado River drought stack up?
How does the Colorado River drought stack up?
It’s one of the worst of the millennium.
The Colorado River Basin and Delta
A delta reborn in drought
A delta reborn in drought
Even as the Southwest teeters on the edge of a radically drier future, a rare opportunity to revive the Colorado River Delta has emerged in an agreement hashed out between Mexico, the U.S. and some of West's most powerful – and thirsty – water agencies.
New Mexico’s groundwater protections may take a hit
New Mexico’s groundwater protections may take a hit
Under Gov. Susana Martinez, the state is rolling back some of its strongest environmental protections.