Water

An expedition along the imperiled Rio Grande
An expedition along the imperiled Rio Grande
The river’s future may include longer droughts, larger floods and shrinking snowpack.
From saltwater to drinking water?
From saltwater to drinking water?
California considers desalination as a remedy for water woes
Flash flood chaser
Flash flood chaser
One man’s obsession improves forecasting in southern Utah.
End of a dam saga
Jim Trees plans to replace a 140-year-old diversion dam in a Zion National Park wilderness study area with an "environmentally friendly" weir just outside the park boundary.
The water empress of Vegas
Patricia Mulroy, general manager of Las Vegas Valley Water District and Southern Nevada, Water Authority, has kept water coming to her booming desert city, but environmental concerns and water-quality problems are signs that her water empire can't last forever.
Demonstrating for the delta
The Glen Canyon Action Network toured part of the West to promote basic conservation measures for the Colorado River, along with a proposal to send 1 percent of the river's water downstream to restore the delta.
Water Watch
The new Boulder Area Sustainability Information Network (BASIN) Web site gives water quality and other environmental information on Boulder, Colo.'s Boulder Creek watershed.
Priests preach to the choir: Protect the Columbia
The Roman Catholic bishops of the Pacific Northwest have released a long-awaiting pastoral letter on the duty to protect the Columbia River: "The Columbia River Watershed: Caring for Creation and the Common Good."
Fiddling with FERC
Environmentalists say a bill intended to speed up the dam relicensing process at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission might lead to inadequate environmental assessments.
Wetlands get dumped on
A Supreme Court decision has stripped federal protection from about one-third of the nation's wetlands.
Divided Waters
El Paso, Texas, is dependent on the underground waters of the Hueco Bolson, but as the population grows and the bolson declines, both the city and its sister across the border, Ciudad Juarez, are turning to the already overtaxed Rio Grande.
Silence of the clams
Scientists counting clams on the Colorado River Delta say the region has lost 95 percent of its biological richness since Hoover Dam was built in the 1930s.
Anglers fish for solutions
Anglers and biologists warn that cutthroat trout and bald eagles on the South Fork of the Snake River are threatened when the water is saved behind dams for summer irrigators.