Water

Snapshot of a drought in progress
Snapshot of a drought in progress
Southwest Colorado's snowpack is dismal and melting fast.
Tribal water compact moving through Montana legislature
Tribal water compact moving through Montana legislature
But the bill stirs up longstanding criticism of basic tribal sovereignty.
Drought persists in the Northwest, despite winter rains
Drought persists in the Northwest, despite winter rains
Water supplies and drought outlooks are grim in most Western states.
The return of the Colorado River — almost
The writer finds a newly emerged rapid on the Colorado River and a new reality at Lake Powell, revealed by drought
Wanted: Leak-proof dumps
Because arid Wyoming built landfills without liners, at least 21 of the state’s dumps are now leaking dangerous chemicals into groundwater
Free advice for tourists traveling West
The writer explains the West’s obsession with water to travelers who might not get it
Lake Powell: When drought becomes opportunity
The writer explores newly revealed canyons as drought dries up parts of Lake Powell
As dams fall, a chance for redemption
Visits to three Western dams – California’s doomed Matilija Dam, the unfinished Elk Creek Dam in Oregon, and the Southwest’s giant Glen Canyon Dam – lead the author to consider the fact that sooner or later, every dam crumbles
The terrifying saga of the West’s last big dam
The writer visits the increasingly costly Animas La-Plata Dam Project in southwestern Colorado
Surprise: The bill for a water grab in California may be coming due
The writer says San Francisco has been milking a cash cow from the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir inside Yosemite National Park
Throwing out the dishwater
In order to remain aware of the amount of water she uses in her dry climate, the author collects her dishwater daily, and pours it on her compost pile
Toxic chemical creeping toward Colorado River
Chromium 6 is moving from the California desert toward the Colorado River, and officials fear it might contaminate the drinking water supply of 20 million people
Revisiting "A River No More"
The writer wishes he weren't right about "A River No More."