Water

Why desalination alone won’t water the West
Why desalination alone won’t water the West
Regardless of supposed Trump backing, the process is complicated and expensive.
Why keep the Salton Sea?
Why keep the Salton Sea?
A history of the manmade — and now essential — inland ocean.
The land of rain
The land of rain
Storms have drenched California. But they hardly compared to the storms of 1862.
Innovation amid drought in the Sacramento Delta
Innovation amid drought in the Sacramento Delta
Checking in with a farmer who traded some of his water for long term survival.
The Hopi man who runs to protect his tribe's water
Fish and Wildlife and integrity, a rental crisis, California homelessness and more.
Agua Pura
Agua Pura
Winners of the HCN reader photography contest
A pumpjack is not a coal mine
A pumpjack is not a coal mine
Eight things you need to know about coalbed methane mining.
Jeb Bush outlines plans to limit federal control of Western lands
Jeb Bush outlines plans to limit federal control of Western lands
The presidential hopeful would move Interior Department from Washington to the West.
To save Washington's Yakima Basin fish, just add water
To save Washington's Yakima Basin fish, just add water
A drought plan in one of the West’s most forward-thinking watersheds reconciles salmon and agriculture.
How Arrowrock Dam is supporting corporate farming
The Colorado River’s desalination plant is on its last legs
The Colorado River’s desalination plant is on its last legs
The obscure Paradox Valley Unit keeps the Colorado River’s salinity levels in check for farmers, but causes quakes upstream.
How 2013’s Front Range floods changed the face of the region
How 2013’s Front Range floods changed the face of the region
Two years after floodwaters swept through, many immigrant families are still struggling to rebuild.
Fresno, California, aims to recharge its dwindling groundwater
Fresno, California, aims to recharge its dwindling groundwater
Surface water projects give groundwater a break, in the state's fourth year of severe drought.
Can herbicides keep Tahoe blue?
Can herbicides keep Tahoe blue?
A new chemical weed management plan has the lake’s water suppliers nervous.
Anatomy of a flash flood
Anatomy of a flash flood
After a series of deaths, a writer considers his own close calls in canyons.
Does optimism have a place in Western water politics?
Does optimism have a place in Western water politics?
Writer John Fleck wants us to abandon our dried-up narratives of doom.
Fracking has a big water footprint, but that's not the whole story
Fracking has a big water footprint, but that's not the whole story
A new study finds other energy extraction methods have a bigger impact.
Big ruckus over little streams
Big ruckus over little streams
A new EPA rule to regulate US waterways has provoked a pile of lawsuits.
Mapping fish die-offs in warming waters
Mapping fish die-offs in warming waters
Help High Country News identify trouble spots for West Coast fish runs.
Five Western waterways worse than the orange Animas
Five Western waterways worse than the orange Animas
Colorado’s Animas River has gotten the most attention — but it’s hardly alone.
Scientists strengthen link between climate change and drought
Scientists strengthen link between climate change and drought
How much of California's dry spell can be traced to climate change?
Animas River spill: only the latest in 150 years of pollution
Animas River spill: only the latest in 150 years of pollution
Mapping the other threats to the Animas and San Juan Rivers.