Water

Gun-toting cats; bird killers; plastic bottles return
Gun-toting cats; bird killers; plastic bottles return
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Farming in Alaska is increasingly possible
Farming in Alaska is increasingly possible
Longer growing seasons and food scarcity are turning more people to agriculture.
West Obsessed: On dams and the rebirth of the Elwha
West Obsessed: On dams and the rebirth of the Elwha
A deep dive into a dismantled dam — and another in the planning stages.
Feinstein and Westlands – who’s running whom?
Back in September the powerful water district delivered a message to California’s senior senator; it appears that she got it.
Tribes and Enviros mixed on Klamath Agreement
Compromise reigns, but path to restoration remain uncertain
The scope of a pipeline
Public concern ranges from weeds to water cost
Feinstein's Water Bomb
Feinstein's Water Bomb
A rider to the jobs bill could free up water for California farms—and blow up hope for balance in the future of the state’s water politics
The 2008 Farm and Ranch Survey is out!
Irrigated agriculture is decreasing in the West
Audio: Water wonk
Audio: Water wonk
Contributing editor Matt Jenkins talks about California's Westlands Water District and the complicated water politics of the West.
Breakdown
Breakdown
California's Westlands irrigation district wants to blame the tiny and endangered Delta smelt for its water troubles, but the real culprit is simply long-term drought.
Water war, or peace?
Water war, or peace?
Western water agencies reluctantly confront the fact that there’s simply not enough water to go around.
Colorado River blues
Colorado River blues
Photos and audio stories of communities that live along the troubled Colorado River.
Well wars
Conflicts over unregulated groundwater wells heat up in Montana.
The ghost of Tulare
The ghost of Tulare
Steve Haze is determined to restore California's long-vanished Tulare Lake, and now it seems that his dream might finally come true.
Catron County confluence
Catron County confluence
A threat to Catron County's groundwater brings conservative ranchers and liberal newcomers together.
Nuclear Nevada
Nevada confronts its nuclear past and contemplates a complicated future.
Big Ag wins big in California
Water legislation could pave the way for future water grabs
The Delta Blues
California’s Water Buffaloes appear poised for another water grab
The diplomacy of water
Norris Hundley's magisterial Water in the West is back in print to enlighten readers about water politics, especially the Colorado River Compact.
Well hell, continued
Drinking water wells in the Lower Yakima Valley pump "toilet bowl" water. Ick.
More on that big sucking sound from Vegas
High Country News editor Jonathan Thompson talks pipelines with KUNC's Kirk Siegler
A loophole you can squeeze a feedlot through
In dry eastern Washington, small farmers resent a corporate feedlot’s access to scarce water supplies.
Death by a thousand wells
Death by a thousand wells
Unregulated domestic wells are straining water supplies in Washington’s Yakima Valley and throughout the West.