Items by Emily Benson

The tiny power plant that shapes the Colorado River — merely by existing
The tiny power plant that shapes the Colorado River — merely by existing
The Shoshone power plant is the cornerstone for water rights in the upper river.
2017 in natural disasters
2017 in natural disasters
From massive wildfires to melting ice, the calamities that affected the West this year.
Celebrating the season and ‘neighboring’ one another
Celebrating the season and ‘neighboring’ one another
Still no snow, but good times and a bittersweet farewell.
It’s not only trees — wildfires imperil water too
It’s not only trees — wildfires imperil water too
Sediment-choked watersheds and erosion could become more frequent as wildfire activity grows.
The geography of the Southwest, painted and illuminated
The geography of the Southwest, painted and illuminated
An artist of Kiowa and Caddo descent blends traditional and modern styles.
After Oroville, officials across the West review dam safety
After Oroville, officials across the West review dam safety
The California dam’s spillways are ready for rain as safety officials prepare for future catastrophes.
Comment period ending for sage grouse review
Comment period ending for sage grouse review
An Interior Department overhaul of collaborative protection plans could sacrifice birds for development.
High Country News visits Bears Ears
High Country News visits Bears Ears
Editorial takes a trip, our holiday party gets closer and welcome new staffers!
In Utah, public access to state lands comes at a cost
In Utah, public access to state lands comes at a cost
Public access to trust lands varies widely from state to state.
Watercolor habitats: An observation of light and color
Watercolor habitats: An observation of light and color
An artist portrays the greens of mountain lakes and oranges of sandstone arches.
California Westlands water settlement in limbo
California Westlands water settlement in limbo
The deal addresses toxic drainage but could fall apart without congressional action.
Portraits of the protectors of Yellowstone
Portraits of the protectors of Yellowstone
A collection of rangers, scientists and artists pose in a landscape they love.
Leaf-peepers aplenty, and welcome to a new staffer
Leaf-peepers aplenty, and welcome to a new staffer
Congratulations to staff members, old and new.
Interior sends mixed signals on California water project
Interior sends mixed signals on California water project
Without agency approval, the Delta tunnels deal can’t proceed — but conflicting statements make next steps uncertain.
A flood of drought news can reduce water use
A flood of drought news can reduce water use
Drought-stricken California conserved more when media coverage spiked.
As sediment builds, one dam faces its comeuppance
As sediment builds, one dam faces its comeuppance
Officials at a Colorado reservoir are reckoning with decades of accumulation.
One in 30 wells in the West failed in recent years
One in 30 wells in the West failed in recent years
New research shows just how many wells ran dry between 2013 and 2015.
Why a Colorado River reunion with the sea isn’t a guarantee
Why a Colorado River reunion with the sea isn’t a guarantee
To revive a desiccated ecosystem, a U.S.-Mexico agreement looks past ‘pulse flows.’
What is the Environmental Protection Agency?
What is the U.S. Department of Agriculture?
What is the Natural Resources Conservation Service?
What is the Department of Commerce?
What is the U.S. Forest Service?
What is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration?
What is the National Marine Fisheries Service?
California water project could cramp Colorado River plan
California water project could cramp Colorado River plan
If the Delta tunnels deal sinks, it could mean increased pressure on the already-strapped Colorado.
In monuments report, a skewed view of protections
In monuments report, a skewed view of protections
Under the Antiquities Act, landscapes like the Grand Canyon count as ‘objects’ that can be protected.
Vignettes of vessels crafted in the Southwest
Vignettes of vessels crafted in the Southwest
Photos display an array of pottery made by Native American artists.
Autumn calls, and visitors keep rolling in
Autumn calls, and visitors keep rolling in
Eclipse seekers stop by, and we begin a new tree-saving initiative.
U.S. and Mexico agree to share a shrinking Colorado River
U.S. and Mexico agree to share a shrinking Colorado River
The two nations are poised to sign an updated water pact to deal with drought.
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