Water

It’s not only trees — wildfires imperil water too
It’s not only trees — wildfires imperil water too
Sediment-choked watersheds and erosion could become more frequent as wildfire activity grows.
After Oroville, officials across the West review dam safety
After Oroville, officials across the West review dam safety
The California dam’s spillways are ready for rain as safety officials prepare for future catastrophes.
A tale of two parks: How the Bakken boom transformed a landscape
A tale of two parks: How the Bakken boom transformed a landscape
While a North Dakota national park is an oasis from drilling, a nearby state park is thrown open.
A new chapter in Klamath River Water Wars
The focus shifts to water management in two key tributaries
The summer the dam almost didn't
A look back to 1983 when the Colorado River almost tore out Glen Canyon Dam
A boring diagram
A boring diagram
An extraordinary 1,500-ton machine will create a new water intake from drought-stricken Lake Mead to thirsty Las Vegas
Water thieves or water saviors?
Tribal water settlements usually take water from Indian nations.
Removing four dams is worth some compromise
Removing four dams is worth some compromise
It's not perfect, but the settlement that removes four dams in Oregon and California's Klamath River Basin is the right thing to do.
Floyd Dominy, the colossus of dams, dies at 100
Floyd Dominy, the colossus of dams, dies at 100
An interview with the former Bureau of Reclamation commissioner, who built Glen Canyon dam
Next stop: water on tap
Construction begins on the Eastern Navajo Waterline.
Limiting Las Vegas
Can a more sustainable Las Vegas emerge from the recession?
Feinstein and Westlands – who’s running whom?
Back in September the powerful water district delivered a message to California’s senior senator; it appears that she got it.
Tribes and Enviros mixed on Klamath Agreement
Compromise reigns, but path to restoration remain uncertain
The scope of a pipeline
Public concern ranges from weeds to water cost
Feinstein's Water Bomb
Feinstein's Water Bomb
A rider to the jobs bill could free up water for California farms—and blow up hope for balance in the future of the state’s water politics
The 2008 Farm and Ranch Survey is out!
Irrigated agriculture is decreasing in the West
Audio: Water wonk
Audio: Water wonk
Contributing editor Matt Jenkins talks about California's Westlands Water District and the complicated water politics of the West.
‘The Cadillac of California irrigation districts’
‘The Cadillac of California irrigation districts’
California's Westlands irrigation district wants to blame the tiny and endangered Delta smelt for its water troubles, but the real culprit is simply long-term drought.
Water war, or peace?
Water war, or peace?
Western water agencies reluctantly confront the fact that there’s simply not enough water to go around.
Colorado River blues
Colorado River blues
Photos and audio stories of communities that live along the troubled Colorado River.
Well wars
Conflicts over unregulated groundwater wells heat up in Montana.
The ghost of Tulare
The ghost of Tulare
Steve Haze is determined to restore California's long-vanished Tulare Lake, and now it seems that his dream might finally come true.
Catron County confluence
Catron County confluence
A threat to Catron County's groundwater brings conservative ranchers and liberal newcomers together.