Colorado River

The Colorado, lifeblood and sculptor of an arid West
The Colorado, lifeblood and sculptor of an arid West
In a new book, a longtime river-runner invites readers to sit down by the Colorado’s riverside and listen to its stories.
In the Southwest, ‘drought’ doesn’t tell the whole story
In the Southwest, ‘drought’ doesn’t tell the whole story
Why ‘aridification’ is a better term for our new, more parched reality.
A new era of uranium mining near the Grand Canyon?
A new era of uranium mining near the Grand Canyon?
With scant data on risk, Republicans push to open a ‘perfect’ mining opportunity.
Arizona fends off threats to water supplies
Arizona fends off threats to water supplies
Republican Gov. Doug Ducey is sticking by regulations and negotiating deals.
Will the feds change course on Columbia River management?
Will the feds change course on Columbia River management?
In May, a judge struck down a fifth plan — and demanded a new approach.
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.
Grand Canyon abolishes river district in response to sexual harassment allegations
Grand Canyon abolishes river district in response to sexual harassment allegations
The abrupt decision leaves the future of NPS river management up in the air.
In Utah, a massive water project is gaining ground
In Utah, a massive water project is gaining ground
The project could divert 86,000 acre-feet from Lake Powell to the retirement community of St. George.
Grand Canyon park’s 15-year failure on sexual harassment
Grand Canyon park’s 15-year failure on sexual harassment
Interior Department investigation shows a history of harassment, hostility and retaliation.
It’s time to let Lake Powell go
It’s time to let Lake Powell go
In today’s ‘new normal,’ there is simply not enough water to maintain both Lake Powell and Lake Mead.
Water hustle
Water hustle
Did one of Nevada’s top water regulators try to cash in on the drought?
The Colorado River’s desalination plant is on its last legs
The Colorado River’s desalination plant is on its last legs
The obscure Paradox Valley Unit keeps the Colorado River’s salinity levels in check for farmers, but causes quakes upstream.
Colorado's water plan: an end to mega projects?
Colorado's water plan: an end to mega projects?
The latest draft of the plan sets strict guidelines for approving new diversions over the Rocky Mountains.
Lake Mead watch: As the Colorado dries up, will tourism?
Lake Mead watch: As the Colorado dries up, will tourism?
What dropping water levels could mean for the region’s recreation economy.
Should the Bureau of Reclamation be abolished?
Should the Bureau of Reclamation be abolished?
Former Reclamation Commissioner Daniel Beard tells how defunct water policy, and the bureau itself, contribute to drought.
A progress report on the Colorado River pulse
A progress report on the Colorado River pulse
Researchers are sifting through the impacts of last spring’s release.
Cities look to farms for help in Colorado River drought
Cities look to farms for help in Colorado River drought
West’s biggest water agencies finalize a major agreement to boost Lake Mead levels.
Dispatch from a young farmers confab
Dispatch from a young farmers confab
How better dirt can conserve water, save farming and help feed the West.
Colorado’s river economy worth $9 billion
Colorado’s river economy worth $9 billion
Outdoor recreation businesses say state water plan must do more to protect rivers.
To protect hydropower, utilities will pay Colorado River water users to conserve
Colorado River Basin groundwater levels drop even faster than reservoirs
Will our 'dam nation' free its rivers?
Will our 'dam nation' free its rivers?
A new film explores a growing movement to remove dams that have outlived their usefulness.
The Latest: Colorado River Delta update
The Latest: Colorado River Delta update
Will an eight-week long experimental flood help restore an ecosystem?
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