Water

Rains bring incomplete drought relief to parts of Southwest
Rains bring incomplete drought relief to parts of Southwest
Snowpack is above normal in spots, but doesn't make up for its lack earlier in the year.
On New Mexico’s Gila River, a contentious diversion gets the go-ahead
On New Mexico’s Gila River, a contentious diversion gets the go-ahead
Questions remain of how much water it will yield and whether local farmers can afford to buy it.
The Latest: Lake Mead hits a record low of 1,078 feet
The Latest: Lake Mead hits a record low of 1,078 feet
Water cutbacks would start if the reservoir reaches 1,075.
Spilling salt into rivers
The Southern Ute Tribe is upset with Colorado state officials for issuing a permit to allow two coalbed-methane wells to spill polluted water into the Florida River, upstream from the tribe.
Suburbanites compete for the lake's freshwater
Activists continue to fight against dams on the Bear River, one of three sources that feed Utah's Great Salt Lake, in their push for stricter water conservation along the Wasatch Front.
The Great Salt Lake Mystery
The brine-shrimp industry of Great Salt Lake has helped put that misunderstood ecosystem under a microscope; can the lake be saved from its history of abuse and a rapidly increasing population around it?
Can the tide turn for Walker Lake?
As Nevada's Walker Lake gets smaller and saltier, the Paiute tribe, local farmers and the BLM wrestle over water rights and wonder how to keep the threatened Lahontan cutthroat trout alive without destroying the area's economy.
Water threat inspires a rare alliance
Two proposed power plants in Post Falls, Idaho, have locals, business leaders and environmentalists coming together to block what could have a detrimental effect on the drinking water for more than 400,000 people in northern Idaho and eastern Washington.
Drought pinches Colorado River reservoirs
A serious drought in the Colorado River watershed has California and Arizona wondering where the water will come from.
A dusty lake is plumbed halfway back to life
In an attempt to stem particulate air pollution caused by dust from California's dry Owens Lake, water is being returned to the lake bed for the first time in 90 years.
In California, no water project is too big
An Alaska company's much-mocked plan to haul bags of water 400 miles along the California coast is really no crazier than the things California has come up with in its search for water.
Tug-of-war over water
The Colorado Legislature is mulling over a bill that would allow farmers and cities to retain rights to any water they leave instream for fish and boaters.
Klamath Basin II: The saga continues
A controversial National Academy of Sciences report on Oregon's Klamath Basin states that federal biologists had no scientific basis to withhold water from farmers to protect endangered fish.
A river on the line
A journey down the Lower Rio Grande through Texas and Mexico finds a sometimes-waterless river that faces a host of environmental, agricultural and human problems.
Here lies the Rio Grande
The last issue of the "Imagine a River" series on the Rio Grande examines how the river has become the "Rio Wimpy," running out of water twice before it reaches the Gulf of Mexico.
Scoot over, farms - ducks are moving in
In Boundary Creek, Idaho, locals are at odds over the flooding of good farmland to create wetlands for the new Boundary Creek Wildlife Management Area.
Alternative development goes mainstream
A new approach called low-impact development focuses on innovative ways to manage storm water in the Pacific Northwest's urban areas.
Show me the water
The California state assembly says developers will have to prove they have water rights before they receive final approval for new subdivisions.
A water tale to set you on fire
Drury Gunn Carr's new documentary follows the Shoshone Tribe's legal battle to change Wyoming water law and win its water rights.
Savage controversy peacefully resolved
An Oregon irrigation district has agreed to breach the Savage Rapids Dam on the Rogue River.
Bringing back the bosque
Along New Mexico's Middle Rio Grande, pueblo tribes are working to bring back the disappearing bosque - the cottonwood gallery forest that once lined the river, offering habitat, shade and leafy bounty to a dry landscape.
Agencies tangle over Hells Canyon dams
In the Northwest, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is fighting with the National Marine Fisheries Service over relicensing three dams in Hells Canyon on the Snake River that the fisheries service says are killing salmon.
The Rio Grande's unsung diplomat
Rafter and river advocate Steve Harris tries to work with local farmers to preserve the Rio Grande in New Mexico.