Water

Rains bring incomplete drought relief to parts of Southwest
Rains bring incomplete drought relief to parts of Southwest
Snowpack above normal in spots, but that doesn't make up for its lack earlier in the year.
On New Mexico’s Gila River, a contentious diversion gets the go-ahead
On New Mexico’s Gila River, a contentious diversion gets the go-ahead
Questions remain of how much water it will yield and whether local farmers can afford to buy it.
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.
Fisher-poets of the pale tide
Fisher-poets of the pale tide
A gathering of maritime minstrels on the Oregon coast.
Utah vastly overstating future water shortages
Utah vastly overstating future water shortages
State projections downplayed what conservation and agriculture can provide.
Gov. Brown slashes Sacramento Delta environmental protection
Gov. Brown slashes Sacramento Delta environmental protection
California tunnel plan also introduces water uncertainties for farms and cities.
Hundreds of lapsed permits found on Forest Service land
Hundreds of lapsed permits found on Forest Service land
Expired water permit for Nestlé draws attention to flawed federal supervision.
For rural Oregonians, protections from herbicides come up short
For rural Oregonians, protections from herbicides come up short
Aerial spray regs remain the West Coast’s weakest after the death of a key law.
Canadian water for California’s drought?
Canadian water for California’s drought?
A far-fetched pipe dream rears its head.
Huge new 'communities' planned for Tucson, Albuquerque
Huge new 'communities' planned for Tucson, Albuquerque
Sprawl rises from its slumber, but urban renaissance is still thriving.
Tucson’s rain-catching revolution
Tucson’s rain-catching revolution
In the Sonoran Desert, rainwater harvesting is finally going mainstream.
Can our own ingenuity upend natural laws?
Can our own ingenuity upend natural laws?
Reflections on the health of my heart and the making of Hoover Dam.
Wyoming coal, Cliven Bundy and megadrought
Wyoming coal, Cliven Bundy and megadrought
HCN.org news in brief.
A plague on the Klamath River
A plague on the Klamath River
The race to prevent a repeat of the West’s worst salmon-kill.
Refugees from a well-watered West
Refugees from a well-watered West
Review of “Relicts of a Beautiful Sea” by Christopher Norment.
A crystal ball for the Pacific Northwest’s climate
A crystal ball for the Pacific Northwest’s climate
This year’s drought is as bad as scientists predict for mid-century.
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.
As drought pervades, can markets make us water-wiser?
As drought pervades, can markets make us water-wiser?
Proponents say market tools can better move water where it's needed.
Snapshot of a drought in progress
Snapshot of a drought in progress
Southwest Colorado's snowpack is dismal and melting fast.