Water

The water czar who reshaped Colorado River politics
The water czar who reshaped Colorado River politics
Las Vegas’ Pat Mulroy initiated an era of deal-making that may buffer against catastrophic drought.
Keeping the dust down in California’s Owens Valley
Keeping the dust down in California’s Owens Valley
A civil engineer battles Los Angeles over its air pollution legacy.
Latest: California fracking companies inject protected aquifers with wastewater
Latest: California fracking companies inject protected aquifers with wastewater
EPA found that state regulators allowed 2,500 to be contaminated.
Lake Powell: Going, going, gone?
Lake Powell is drying up in the drought, a reminder from nature that human beings are not in control, after all.
It’s time for a new law of the river
The writer says California’s agricultural elite is holding on to Colorado River water that could better serve the region’s growing cities.
Memories of a native river
In Native River, William D. Layman uses words and photographs to explore an earlier era of the Columbia River, before it was tamed and transformed by dams
Removing Dams – Rebuilding Rivers
The history and impacts of dam removal are considered in Watershed: The Undamming of America by Elizabeth Grossman and Dam Removal: Science and Decision Making by the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment
The West’s cities should trump agriculture
California’s agricultural elite is holding onto water that could better serve the state’s cities
California’s water binge skids to a halt
At midnight on New Year’s Eve, Interior Secretary Gale Norton astonished California by it cutting off from the "surplus" Colorado River water it has long been using, after the state failed to come up with promised water transfers.
How to go with the flow
Montana Audubon has written an eight-page guide to flood preparation, called Go With the Flow: Streams and Bank Stabilization.
Fish and wildlife have rights, too
Montana’s Supreme Court rules that citizens and government agencies can maintain water rights without "using" the water, while the Wyoming Legislature stalls over a bill that would allow irrigators to leave water instream temporarily.
Klamath water worth more in river
A U.S. Geological Survey study, suppressed by the Interior Department in October, says that recreation adds more than agriculture to the economy of the Klamath River Basin.
Condit Dam removal hits snags
Plans to take down Condit Dam on the White Salmon River in Washington are stalled over the problem of what to do about the sediment that has backed up behind the dam.