Items by Emily Benson

A legal snarl in Idaho portends future conflicts over water
A legal snarl in Idaho portends future conflicts over water
As the climate changes, dams face new challenges for water rights and releases.
The meaning behind the stones of Big Sur
The meaning behind the stones of Big Sur
Spanning eras, coastal rocks inspire a poet and photographer.
Paonia parades and more additions to staff
Paonia parades and more additions to staff
We’ve fooled them! Our interns and fellow decided to stick around.
Meet the latest Trump administration nominees
Meet the latest Trump administration nominees
Ties to industry and possible conflicts of interest dog nominees for environment-related posts.
More than 1 million comments were submitted to Interior
More than 1 million comments were submitted to Interior
The public comment period following Trump’s order on monuments has closed.
Can private money solve public water problems?
Can private money solve public water problems?
As facilities age and public funding declines, private companies may step in.
See the bay ‘where water is gold’
See the bay ‘where water is gold’
Photos by Carl Johnson illustrate the cost of building the Pebble Mine in Alaska.
In these Western cities, using less water costs more
In these Western cities, using less water costs more
Some homes pay five times as much as others for the same amount of water.
Latest: Settlement resurrects Alaska’s Pebble Mine
Latest: Settlement resurrects Alaska’s Pebble Mine
Sen. Lisa Murkowski says the project must pass muster for salmon.
Climate change is shrinking the West’s water supply
Climate change is shrinking the West’s water supply
Three new studies show dry times ahead.
See portraits of gnarled conifers
See portraits of gnarled conifers
A couple draws and writes about the complexities of bristlecone pines and humans.
Latest: Dam on Yellowstone River moves ahead
Latest: Dam on Yellowstone River moves ahead
The effects on the pallid sturgeon remain uncertain.
The wine industry’s battle with climate change
The wine industry’s battle with climate change
Vineyards deal with drought, temperature swings and fruit that ripens too early.
Without a drought, California takes stock
Without a drought, California takes stock
Infrastructure issues, dry wells and other troubles still linger across the Golden State.
Latest: Mixed progress for Park Service on harassment
Latest: Mixed progress for Park Service on harassment
Interior Department clears former Yosemite superintendent of discrimination — and reports evidence for sexual harassment at Yellowstone.
Winter snows bring spring flows
Winter snows bring spring flows
After a record low two years ago, this season’s substantial Sierra snowpack highlights the variability of winter weather in the West.
What the West was like before the EPA
What the West was like before the EPA
The agency’s legacy isn’t perfect, but the region’s air and water are cleaner now than they once were.
Invade, steal water: The plant spreading in Utah’s wetlands
Invade, steal water: The plant spreading in Utah’s wetlands
Battling a nonnative reed to protect Great Salt Lake bird habitat.
Nature got your heart?
Nature got your heart?
These photos tell the story of writer John Nichols’ love affair with the wild.
Latest: Oil equipment shipments won’t hit scenic Idaho road
Latest: Oil equipment shipments won’t hit scenic Idaho road
New size restrictions will keep “megaloads” off the road.
Planes, pits & snowmobiles: how scientists get good data
Planes, pits & snowmobiles: how scientists get good data
A day in the field as researchers wring water data from Colorado’s snowpack.
The winding beauty of Southwest deserts
The winding beauty of Southwest deserts
A collection of photographs capture nature’s rhythms.
Why desalination alone won’t water the West
Why desalination alone won’t water the West
Regardless of supposed Trump backing, the process is complicated and expensive.
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