Water

Washington’s Swinomish sue to halt Bakken oil trains
Washington’s Swinomish sue to halt Bakken oil trains
Many communities fight transport of crude oil through their towns; some find legal footing to succeed.
EPA loophole allows streams of wastewater in Wyoming
EPA loophole allows streams of wastewater in Wyoming
Environmentalists challenge permits that result in dumping of toxic chemicals on tribal land.
Are we in a megadrought?
Are we in a megadrought?
As the dry-spell continues, a radio forum on water security in Western states.
Dam busters win symbolic victory
California anvironmentalists are pleased that the Bureau of Reclamation has given up on completing the planned Auburn Dam for the Middle Fork of the American River.
Delta Blues
CALFED, a huge Clinton-era project designed to restore the California Delta, now seems to be stalled and unraveling under an indifferent Bush administration.
Drought unearths a water dinosaur
"The Big Straw" - a massive, extravagant scheme to bring water from Colorado's Western Slope to its crowded Front Range, is being seriously reconsidered in a state faced with drought and a growing population.
The Royal Squeeze
California's Imperial Valley is under pressure to reduce the amount of Colorado River water it uses for irrigation, but some fear changes could inadvertently dry up the Salton Sea, imperiling birds and animals that depend on it.
River's end
The Culminating Conference for the year-long series, Moving Waters: The Colorado River and the West, is set for four days in September in Flagstaff, Ariz.
EPA puts cleanup in local hands
The planned Superfund cleanup of Idaho's Lake Coeur d'Alene is taken from the EPA and given to a controversial new local commission, although the Coeur d'Alene Tribe says it will force the EPA to take back the project, if necessary.
Mi rio, mi agua
Tension is rising between Mexico and the U.S. over the little water left in the drought-stricken Rio Grande.
The sod squad wants to soak you
In the drought-stricken West, water cops, singing governors and giant walking raindrops are just some of the odd measures spawned by water-conservation campaigns.
Salty solution for Bay wildlife
California's San Francisco Bay may become the site of the country's second-largest coastal wetland restoration project, if all goes according to plan.
A sonnet to a problem river
In "High and Dry: The Texas- New Mexico Struggle for the Pecos River," lawyer Emlen Hall considers the 1948 Pecos River Compact and how it failed to take into account the unpredictable nature of the river it sought to control.