Water

An expedition along the imperiled Rio Grande
An expedition along the imperiled Rio Grande
The river’s future may include longer droughts, larger floods and shrinking snowpack.
From saltwater to drinking water?
From saltwater to drinking water?
California considers desalination as a remedy for water woes
Flash flood chaser
Flash flood chaser
One man’s obsession improves forecasting in southern Utah.
How the amount of fish you eat impacts water quality
How the amount of fish you eat impacts water quality
Idaho is updating its standards for water pollutants based on how much fish residents eat.
Uncertain science in CA's Bay Delta
Science can help make tough water decisions, but it can't decide for us
Agriculture and water use in the San Luis Valley
Agriculture and water use in the San Luis Valley
A map showing subdistrict one and water use in the area over time.
Farmers agree to tax those who deplete groundwater
Farmers agree to tax those who deplete groundwater
Amid drought and climate change in Colorado’s San Luis Valley, farmers vote for a new approach to rein in their overpumping of groundwater.
The BLM fights for the Southwest’s last free-flowing river
The BLM fights for the Southwest’s last free-flowing river
A federal agency asserts its water rights to the San Pedro river in a case that might eventually lead to limits on growth in Arizona.
Drought forces a new era of agricultural water conservation
Drought forces a new era of agricultural water conservation
Whether converting open ditches into pipelines or fallowing fields, farmers and ranchers in the West are being forced to change the ways they use water as climate-induced drought tightens its grip.
Managing Western water from space
NASA satellite helps keep space-age natural resource data flowing
The life of brine
An unexpected link between an earthquake and a river tells of the West's struggle with salt.
In the Northwest, innovative projects use trees to cool streams
In the Northwest, innovative projects use trees to cool streams
A program pays for ecosystem services to keep rivers at the right temperature for wildlife.
Water is (still) for fightin': A review of Durango
Water is (still) for fightin': A review of Durango
Gary Hart's seventh novel takes us to another front in the water wars, the decades-long dispute over damming southern Colorado’s Animas- La Plata rivers to provide more water for the growing town of Durango.