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."
Environmentalists say a bill intended to speed up the dam relicensing process at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission might lead to inadequate environmental assessments.
A Supreme Court decision has stripped federal protection from about one-third of the nation's wetlands.
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.
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 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.
WaterWatch's recent report, "Rivers Without Water: Oregon's Unnatural Disaster," offers suggestions for keeping more water in the state's streams and rivers.
The latest version of Colorado's controversial Animas-La Plata water project passed the Senate and could become a rider on spending legislation when Congress resumes Dec. 5.
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