Water

As Lake Mead sinks, states agree to more drastic water cuts
As Lake Mead sinks, states agree to more drastic water cuts
California, Arizona and Nevada are back in negotiations about the dwindling Colorado River water supply.
Silverton’s Gold King reckoning
Silverton’s Gold King reckoning
How the Animas River disaster forced Silverton to face its pollution problem — and its destiny.
A Gold King Mine Timeline
A Gold King Mine Timeline
A tangled history of profit, tragedy and unfulfilled dreams.
Senate committee votes to block Obama's clean water rule
Senate committee votes to block Obama's clean water rule
Republicans say new rule would give the federal government too much authority over waterways and wetlands.
EPA says fracking could contaminate drinking water
EPA says fracking could contaminate drinking water
Feds identify no widespread problem but concede to insufficient data.
Can leasing irrigation water keep Colorado farms alive?
Can leasing irrigation water keep Colorado farms alive?
Farmers try to stop “buy and dry” by pooling water rights to supply growing cities.
New perspective from Edward Abbey on the river
New perspective from Edward Abbey on the river
Review of ‘The Hidden Canyon: A River Journey’ by John Blaustein
Scarcity and survival reign in ‘The Water Knife’
Scarcity and survival reign in ‘The Water Knife’
A conversation with Paolo Bacigalupi about climate fiction, the power of water and his new novel.
Senate considers legislation to help the West store and conserve water
Senate considers legislation to help the West store and conserve water
Twelve Western states have declared drought emergencies.
I have seen the future, and it looks like Mad Max
I have seen the future, and it looks like Mad Max
How a post-apocalyptic action movie can help us ward off ecological disaster.
Weather dispatch from Wrangell, Alaska: Drought in the rainforest?
Weather dispatch from Wrangell, Alaska: Drought in the rainforest?
As Southwest states were pummeled with rain, Southeast Alaska dries out.
More waterways likely protected under new EPA rule
More waterways likely protected under new EPA rule
The controversial Clean Water Act rule protects tributaries with any sign of water, no matter the flow.
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.
Wyoming trespass law is the latest in grazing battle
Wyoming trespass law is the latest in grazing battle
Questions remain over whether the bill prohibits certain data collection on federal land or just private and state.
The Los Angeles wetland wars
The Los Angeles wetland wars
Environmentalists saved a wetland from developers a decade ago. Now they’re trying to save it from each other.
Fisher-poets of the pale tide
Fisher-poets of the pale tide
A gathering of maritime minstrels on the Oregon coast.
Utah vastly overstating future water shortages
Utah vastly overstating future water shortages
State projections downplayed what conservation and agriculture can provide.
Gov. Brown slashes Sacramento Delta environmental protection
Gov. Brown slashes Sacramento Delta environmental protection
California tunnel plan also introduces water uncertainties for farms and cities.
Hundreds of lapsed permits found on Forest Service land
Hundreds of lapsed permits found on Forest Service land
Expired water permit for Nestlé draws attention to flawed federal supervision.
For rural Oregonians, protections from herbicides come up short
For rural Oregonians, protections from herbicides come up short
Aerial spray regs remain the West Coast’s weakest after the death of a key law.
Canadian water for California’s drought?
Canadian water for California’s drought?
A far-fetched pipe dream rears its head.