Water

Rains bring incomplete drought relief to parts of Southwest
Rains bring incomplete drought relief to parts of Southwest
Snowpack is above normal in spots, but 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.
Will the Colorado River reach the Gulf of California once more?
Will the Colorado River reach the Gulf of California once more?
Photographs of last month's historic water pulses.
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