Water

Residential wells run completely dry in the Central Valley
Residential wells run completely dry in the Central Valley
The drought is not an abstract threat for families in Porterville, California.
Water use is lower than it's been in 45 years
Water use is lower than it's been in 45 years
U.S. population has grown by 105 million people since 1970, yet we somehow shrank our water footprint.
Latest: Montana judge rules groups of wells illegal
Latest: Montana judge rules groups of wells illegal
“Exempt well” laws in most Western states allow domestic wells to be drilled without water rights.
Floyd Dominy: An encounter with the West's undaunted dam-builder
An interview with legendary BuRec director Floyd Dominy reveals a man proud of the dams and water supply projects he built throughout the West - especially Glen Canyon Dam and its "most wonderful lake in the world, Lake Powell."
Shaky truce on the Rio Grande
To avoid an environmental lawsuit and placate angry farmers, Albuquerque and the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District will sell enough reservoir water to the drought-plagued river to keep endangered silvery minnow alive and ditches flowing until fall.
Down the Rio Grande, one piece at a time
This issue's lead is part of a series of HCN stories intended to create an honest, insightful picture of the Rio Grande and the varied communities and landscapes it passes through on its long journey.
The snail that stands like a dam
Future human-made floods from Glen Canyon Dam, designed to help restore the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon, are on hold until scientists find a way to protect and recover an endangered subspecies, the Kanab ambersnail.
Water district has identity crisis
The Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District, until recently thought to be part of New Mexico's state government, is actually a federal agency, and could be forced to keep enough water in the river to protect the endangered silvery minnow.
'The vampires are in charge of the blood bank'
Utah Rivers Council director Zachary Frankel talks about his love for rivers and the need to protect them.
'We haven't got anything back'
Nephi, Utah, resident Ross Garrett in his own words talks about water and population growth in Utah.
Utah's river kid takes on the water buffaloes
Zachary Frankel's Utah Rivers Council is fighting the Central Utah Project, particularly a plan by farmers and investors to sell CUP water intended for irrigation to rapidly growing Salt Lake County.
A river resurrected
On the California-Mexico border, environmentalists from two countries are working to restore the Colorado River Delta.
The end of a water mine?
Pressure is building for the federal government to send more of the groundwater in Colorado's San Luis Valley south in the Rio Grande for New Mexico and Texas.