Water

Mapping drought's impact on electricity generation
Mapping drought's impact on electricity generation
Natural gas, wind and solar fill some of the hydropower deficit in California.
Lake Mead watch: As the Colorado dries up, will tourism?
Lake Mead watch: As the Colorado dries up, will tourism?
What dropping water levels could mean for the region’s recreation economy.
Dam bill for Green River revives industrialist dream
Dam bill for Green River revives industrialist dream
Boosters want Fontenelle Dam to divert more water in southwest Wyoming.
New Mexico on fire
From wildfire to starving wildlife, the effects of sustained drought are coming into sharper focus
Book review: Ground/Water: The Art, Design and Science of a Dry River
Book review: Ground/Water: The Art, Design and Science of a Dry River
A review of Ground/Water: The Art, Design and Science of a Dry River, edited by Ellen McMahon, Ander Monson and Beth Weinstein
The Latest: Pumping Arizona's rivers dry?
The Latest: Pumping Arizona's rivers dry?
The state water board gives the go-ahead to a groundwater pumping project that could harm the San Pedro River
Another water-short year in the Southwest is taking its toll
Another water-short year in the Southwest is taking its toll
Generous spring snow storms were a momentary, if welcome, distraction from the region's real weather story: drought.
Boundary water disputes
Groups concerned with pollution on the Kootenai River turn to the International Joint Commission
Living on borrowed water
Creative water leasing can help rivers through drought
Parched lives in a parched land: A review of the Ordinary Truth
Parched lives in a parched land: A review of the Ordinary Truth
Jana Richman's novel of a Nevada family divided by conflict over water
Two tales of one river
The good and bad news for the Colorado
Pumping the San Pedro dry?
Arizona's water board allows development, and groundwater pumping, to go forward
The river and the drought
A rafting trip with low water and dust storms on the San Juan River drives the dryness home
Fish-consumption assumptions
Fish-consumption assumptions
Idaho is updating its standards for water pollutants based on how much fish residents eat.
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.