High Country News - Water

End of a dam saga
Jim Trees plans to replace a 140-year-old diversion dam in a Zion National Park wilderness study area with an "environmentally friendly" weir just outside the park boundary.
Leopold floats us to an understanding
Chip Rawlins reviews A View of the River by Luna Leopold.
New look at a river basin
The Environmental Defense Fund wants to protect the Colorado River Basin.
Sole source
EPA may grant special protection to an aquifer in eastern Washington and Western Idaho as "sole source" of drinking water for the area.
Water planning in the desert
Nevada State Division of Water Planning drafts new policy to guide water-planning decisions.
Comment on curbing a dam
Glen Canyon Dam hearings set
Demonstrating for the delta
The Glen Canyon Action Network toured part of the West to promote basic conservation measures for the Colorado River, along with a proposal to send 1 percent of the river's water downstream to restore the delta.
Water Watch
The new Boulder Area Sustainability Information Network (BASIN) Web site gives water quality and other environmental information on Boulder, Colo.'s Boulder Creek watershed.
Priests preach to the choir: Protect the Columbia
The Roman Catholic bishops of the Pacific Northwest have released a long-awaiting pastoral letter on the duty to protect the Columbia River: "The Columbia River Watershed: Caring for Creation and the Common Good."
Fiddling with FERC
Environmentalists say a bill intended to speed up the dam relicensing process at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission might lead to inadequate environmental assessments.
Wetlands get dumped on
A Supreme Court decision has stripped federal protection from about one-third of the nation's wetlands.
Silence of the clams
Scientists counting clams on the Colorado River Delta say the region has lost 95 percent of its biological richness since Hoover Dam was built in the 1930s.
Anglers fish for solutions
Anglers and biologists warn that cutthroat trout and bald eagles on the South Fork of the Snake River are threatened when the water is saved behind dams for summer irrigators.
EPA reins in ranchers
In Oregon, the EPA fines 10 ranchers for letting their cows' manure pollute streams and rivers.
Rivers without water
WaterWatch's recent report, "Rivers Without Water: Oregon's Unnatural Disaster," offers suggestions for keeping more water in the state's streams and rivers.
Animas-La Plata staggers on
The latest version of Colorado's controversial Animas-La Plata water project passed the Senate and could become a rider on spending legislation when Congress resumes Dec. 5.
Is a dredging project drowning?
After 10 years of studies, an Army Corps of Engineers plan to deepen 100 miles of the Columbia River shipping channel is in trouble.
Save a river
David Bolling's book How to Save a River offers advice to activists.
Running on empty in Sin City
Although many rural Nevadans are unhappy with Las Vegas’ plans for a giant groundwater project, the six other states that rely on water from the Colorado River are hoping the Nevada project goes ahead.
For the love of a river
In the anthology There’s This River, Christa Sadler gathers the stories of rambunctious river rafters on the Grand Canyon’s Colorado River
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