Water

‘Atmospheric rivers’ aid the West — and imperil it
‘Atmospheric rivers’ aid the West — and imperil it
Improved storm forecasts could help reservoir managers store more water while avoiding floods.
The tiny power plant that shapes the Colorado River — merely by existing
The tiny power plant that shapes the Colorado River — merely by existing
The Shoshone power plant is the cornerstone for water rights in the upper river.
2017 in natural disasters
2017 in natural disasters
From massive wildfires to melting ice, the calamities that affected the West this year.
Doctor's Orders: Undam the Klamath
Doctor's Orders: Undam the Klamath
Both Indians and whites battle diabetes on the Klamath watershed, where dam building ended the salmon runs that once kept the First People alive.
Where has Montana's water gone?
Where has Montana's water gone?
The Yellowstone River Compact may not protect Montanans who rely on the Tongue River’s water.
Game on in the Wyoming Range
Conservationists put natural gas developers in the defensive
The year in water
A La Niña year brings a good snowpack to some Western states and little or nothing to others.
Yellowstone River Basin
The Garrison Dam: a history
The Garrison Dam: a history
Author Paul VanDevelder speaks on the U.S. government's plan to dam the Missouri River and flood native lands.
Clean up your Act
EPA clarifies meaning of "water" in the Clean Water Act
Water truce in Colorado
East, West slopes reach an armistice
Federal budget deal slashes key community water funds
Federal budget deal slashes key community water funds
Federal budget cuts dry up the funding for crucial community water projects.
It's Raining Rain Gardens
New campaign sprouts Northwest rain gardens.
Water Sharing in the Over-shared West
Western Governors' Association to consider recommendations on ag to urban use
Sedimentation is a building problem in the West's reservoirs
Sedimentation is a building problem in the West's reservoirs
The West's reservoirs are waging a constant battle against rising levels of sediment.
Siltation expert: We need more dams
Siltation expert: We need more dams
George Annandale, a siltation expert, says the West needs more dams to satisfy its thirst.
Selected Bureau of Reclamation reservoirs ... and how they've shrunk*
Explorer's notebook: Craig Childs on the Lower San Juan
Explorer's notebook: Craig Childs on the Lower San Juan
Craig Childs narrates his paddle down the Lower San Juan, with photos and video he took on the trip.
Muddy Waters: Silt and the Slow Demise of Glen Canyon Dam
Muddy Waters: Silt and the Slow Demise of Glen Canyon Dam
A float down the Lower San Juan teaches surprising lessons about dams, water and silt in the West.
Photographer Sharon Stewart on the acequia tradition
Photographer Sharon Stewart on the acequia tradition
The photographer discusses landscape photography and her immersion in a tiny New Mexican town.
Peter McBride on photographing the contentious Colorado River
Peter McBride on photographing the contentious Colorado River
National Geographic photographer Peter McBride shows images from his new book and discusses what he learned while working on it.
The Visual West - Image 10
The water -- and the soil -- of the West are starting to flow