Water

Drought damages trees' ability to store carbon
Drought damages trees' ability to store carbon
How long-term forest health is compromised years after dry-spells.
Colorado's water plan: an end to mega projects?
Colorado's water plan: an end to mega projects?
The latest draft of the plan sets strict guidelines for approving new diversions over the Rocky Mountains.
Whitewater parks: an unlikely drought bailout
Whitewater parks: an unlikely drought bailout
Expensive artificial wave features can ease dry times for river economies.
Massive California water transfer to continue
A judge upholds the Imperial Valley-San Diego water transfer, despite concerns about the Salton Sea
Map: California's Central Valley
Map: California's Central Valley
A map of California's Central Valley.
California farm communities suffer tainted drinking water
California farm communities suffer tainted drinking water
In California's agricultural hub, the Central Valley, Latino communities fight for clean water.
Sequestration sinks stream gauges
Sequestration sinks stream gauges
Budget cuts force the U.S. Geological Survey to idle gauges across the country.
People are very much a part of HCN's environmental coverage
People are very much a part of HCN's environmental coverage
Latino farmworker communities in California's Central Valley suffer from polluted drinking water -- and High Country News can't ignore it.
Dry news from the water mines
We're sucking up groundwater faster than ever
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.