Water

Five Western waterways worse than the orange Animas
Five Western waterways worse than the orange Animas
Colorado’s Animas River has gotten the most attention — but it’s hardly alone.
Scientists strengthen link between climate change and drought
Scientists strengthen link between climate change and drought
How much of California's dry spell can be traced to climate change?
Animas River spill: only the latest in 150 years of pollution
Animas River spill: only the latest in 150 years of pollution
Mapping the other threats to the Animas and San Juan Rivers.
Peace breaks out on the Rio Grande
A groundbreaking settlement between New Mexico environmentalists and the city of Albuquerque may keep water in the Middle Rio Grande and help both farmers and endangered silvery minnows
The best-laid plans
It’s high time Arizona realized it’s a desert, and has to share the Colorado River with six other dry Western states
Arizona returns to the desert
Rampant growth in the Phoenix area and a severe drought on the Colorado River challenge Arizona's water sustainability.
Wastewater goes unwatched
Wyoming’s runaway energy boom is taking on toll on the state’s land, especially when the industry’s salty wastewater spills or leaches into the ground
Small tribe in Idaho weighs big water deal
The Nez Perce tribe is close to a major water-rights settlement with Idaho and the federal government, but not everyone thinks it’s a good idea for the tribe or for endangered salmon.
You, too, can be in the know about California's H2O
David Carle’s Introduction to California Water is an ambitious field guide to the incredibly complicated world of California water
Texas water case is 'takings' on steroids
Invoking NAFTA, a group of Texas farmers and irrigation districts sues Mexico over the Rio Grande’s water
Everyday objects and extraordinary journeys
In Visible Bones: Journeys Across Time in the Columbia River Country, Northwestern writer Jack Nisbet follows the Columbia River and its inhabitants across time
Let’s not ram more boats through the Grand Canyon
A river guide says the Colorado River through Grand Canyon is crowded enough.
A crisis brews on the Colorado
As the Colorado River Basin enters a sixth year of drought, the Interior Department orders seven states to start coordinating their management of the dwindling water supply.
Here’s hoping the drought is not over
The writer welcomes the latest moisture but says we still need to learn the lessons of drought
Californians put their money where their meter is
A new California law requires all homes in the state to use water meters by 2025
See a river through a child’s eyes
The writer and a fourth grade class learn about dams and diversions by spending time along the Cache La Poudre River
Dams will stand, salmon be damned
The Bush administration’s new salmon plan treats dams as a natural part of the landscape, and sees a recovery plan as more important than actual species recovery
The Hoopa’s fight for a river is a lesson for us all
The writer says the 2,500-member Hoopa Tribe is finally winning river rights from the country’s largest irrigation district
Failure of leadership, not a lack of water, dooms the Klamath River
Only the federal government can find away to protect both salmon and farmers in the Northwest’s Klamath River watershed
A water-and-wilderness bill kicks up dust in Nevada
Critics say an economic development initiative could suck desert springs and rural counties dry
Another fish kill on the Klamath seems to be coming
The writer says the same conditions exist for yet another fish kill on the Klamath River
Death of the San Pedro: Not if, but when
Groundwater pumping in the Sierra Vista area may be already reducing water flow to the San Pedro River
Turning water inside-out
Many Western cities like Sierra Vista, Ariz., were built beside once-beautiful rivers which were overused and then neglected, while the cities looked elsewhere for new water sources to exploit