Water

How farmers can help keep salt out of the Colorado River
How farmers can help keep salt out of the Colorado River
The solution to a basin-wide problem may fall to individual irrigators.
A legal snarl in Idaho portends future conflicts over water
A legal snarl in Idaho portends future conflicts over water
As the climate changes, dams face new challenges for water rights and releases.
Latest: Duel over Owens Valley water intensifies
Latest: Duel over Owens Valley water intensifies
A county uses eminent domain to try to reclaim land taken by LA.
Winter snows bring spring flows
Winter snows bring spring flows
After a record low two years ago, this season’s substantial Sierra snowpack highlights the variability of winter weather in the West.
A tribe wins rights to contested groundwater in court
A tribe wins rights to contested groundwater in court
A major federal court decision acknowledges that tribes have priority rights to groundwater — and could limit how much other users can take.
Nogales has a sewage problem
Nogales has a sewage problem
In the borderlands, members of Congress work to resolve wastewater woes.
The rural programs threatened by Trump’s budget
The rural programs threatened by Trump’s budget
The rural West may have helped elect Trump, but his vision leaves them behind.
Invade, steal water: The plant spreading in Utah’s wetlands
Invade, steal water: The plant spreading in Utah’s wetlands
Battling a nonnative reed to protect Great Salt Lake bird habitat.
Standing Rock is history repeating itself
Standing Rock is history repeating itself
We need to come to terms with our past and present treatment of tribes.
EPA cuts will hit minority communities hardest
EPA cuts will hit minority communities hardest
Trump proposes an end to the office that protects low-income areas from pollution.
Planes, pits & snowmobiles: how scientists get good data
Planes, pits & snowmobiles: how scientists get good data
A day in the field as researchers wring water data from Colorado’s snowpack.
Across party lines, Western governors see a partner in Pruitt
Across party lines, Western governors see a partner in Pruitt
A bipartisan group couldn’t get what they wanted from the old EPA.
Why farmers think the Clean Water Rule goes too far
Have we underestimated the West’s super-floods?
Have we underestimated the West’s super-floods?
Scientists warn that enormous floods may be more likely than we thought — and the Oroville Dam and others weren’t built to withstand them.
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.
Where the wild things swim — again
Where the wild things swim — again
In a borderlands river, improved water quality allows an endangered fish to return.
Journalist arrested amid Dakota Access protests
Journalist arrested amid Dakota Access protests
Jenni Monet’s jailing raises concerns about press freedom and the First Amendment.
Latest: Participants in Nevada water hustle found guilty
Latest: Participants in Nevada water hustle found guilty
The charges include criminal conspiracy and trespass.
River of healing
River of healing
Can veterans find solace on the River of No Return?
What will President Trump’s attack on government regulations do?
What will President Trump’s attack on government regulations do?
Trump orders agencies to kill two rules for every one they issue.
DAPL moves forward
DAPL moves forward
The Acting Secretary of the Army has granted the easement necessary to finish the billion-dollar project.