Water

More waterways likely protected under new EPA rule
More waterways likely protected under new EPA rule
The controversial Clean Water Act rule protects tributaries with any sign of water, no matter the flow.
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.
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.
Who is writing New Mexico's water regulations?
A proposed rule to protect groundwater from copper mines suffers at the environment department's hands
Miguel Luna gives young Los Angelenos a beaker and a job
Miguel Luna gives young Los Angelenos a beaker and a job
Agua University trains young people in Los Angeles County to work as water samplers, employing them and also teaching about the importance of clean water.
Pipeline safety after the Yellowstone spill
New reports highlight issues in how pipelines are managed
Big water projects should make Westerners nervous
Big water projects should make Westerners nervous
Demand for water is falling, so why are we going forward with giant water projects?
BLM okays controversial Nevada water pipeline
Las Vegas can pump groundwater from rural Nevada and pipe it across federal land
Fighting development in floodplains
Fighting development in floodplains
Conservationists challenge insurance program that harms salmon and other endangered species.
A review of Last Water on the Devil’s Highway: A cultural and natural history of Tinajas Altas
A review of Last Water on the Devil’s Highway: A cultural and natural history of Tinajas Altas
The story of a waterhole that, for centuries, has kept travelers from death as they passed through the desert.
Western water, in poetry and policy: A review of Dam Nation
Western water, in poetry and policy: A review of Dam Nation
Stephen Grace’s new book explains the intricacies of Western water policy -- in a poetic way.
Flood insurance lawsuits against FEMA in Western states
The End is nigh (or at least it's really dry)
An update on the drought situation in the West
Producing more power means using more water
Producing more power means using more water
Federal agencies often overlook the tight relationship between energy production and water use.
U.S. water use, current and projected
U.S. water use, current and projected
Graphs displaying water use by category.
Of water and dust
The latest on the Colorado River and California's Owens Lake
Water wins
U.S. and Mexico sign Colorado River deal
The war on New Mexico's water
The governor's political appointees are dismantling environmental protections