Water

The Colorado River’s unexpected carbon footprint
The Colorado River’s unexpected carbon footprint
Flooding a dry riverbed restored vegetation, but released significant amounts of methane and carbon dioxide.
New measures could reduce Glen Canyon Dam’s impact on the Grand Canyon — a bit
New measures could reduce Glen Canyon Dam’s impact on the Grand Canyon — a bit
As long as the dam remains in place, impacts are inevitable.
Study finds surprising source of Colorado River water supply
Study finds surprising source of Colorado River water supply
More than half of the rivers in the Upper Colorado Basin originate as groundwater, USGS says.
Shell game
Oil shale speculation on the western slope may rearrange Colorado water rights in unexpected ways.
That dam economy again?
Feds shut down Yakima Black Rock Reservoir proposal over cost concerns.
California water conflicts heat up
Calls for reform, lawsuits, illegal diversions and another drought year
Desperate measures
Desperate measures
Over the years, Westerners have come up with a lot of wacky schemes to get more water.
Ultimate solution?
Southern California wants to use desalination to increase its water supply, but critics think the idea needs to be taken with a grain of salt.
Peak economy
Westerners shouldn’t panic about the recent economic meltdown; our region has always cycled from boom to bust and back again.
Dam deal advances Bush's Klamath River agenda
Will salmon advocates win the battle for dam removal but lose the Klamath salmon war?
Water Banks, the ESA and the Public Trust Doctrine
A complex subject with vast implications for the West’s future.
Liquid assets
California is enthusiastic about creating “water banks” to help the state’s cities weather future droughts.
Politics + water = mud
A good idea – if you can get away with it
A good idea – if you can get away with it
Rainwater harvesting is against the law in many Western states, but folks in Utah, Colorado and Washington want to change that.
Leaky border
Efforts to stop wastewater pollution from Tijuana have bogged down in a nasty mess.
Reclaiming the low country
Jared Farmer speaks in praise of Utah’s neglected “low country” landscapes – places like Utah Lake.
A river runs near it
In Washington’s Yakima Valley and in northern Colorado, water developers want to build kindler, gentler “off-channel” reservoirs.
Mark Udall's gonna steal your water!
Because water-quality regulation is a giant water grab, at least according to Bob Schaffer.
Riparian repair
River restorationists tackle the Clark Fork River near Milltown, Mont., in a project that demonstrates how hard it is to revive a damaged waterway.
Agricultural water pollution on the line
Bush Administration tries again to work around Clean Water Act.
Measuring Tahoe’s blues
Jon Christensen accompanies scientists trying to measure the opacity and “blueness” of Lake Tahoe.
Utah fishermen no longer required to levitate
Apparently the right to use a river includes the right to touch the bottom.
Las Vegas offers rural Nevada the dry end of the straw
Four valleys down, one to go in Las Vegas's bid for rural groundwater.