Colorado River

The uncompromising environmentalist behind the Sierra Club
The uncompromising environmentalist behind the Sierra Club
A new book details the rise of the Sierra Club from hiking group to political force.
Utah is headed into a water battle it can’t win
Utah is headed into a water battle it can’t win
Why is this fiscally conservative state pushing an expensive diversion project?
Traversing the mighty Colorado River
Traversing the mighty Colorado River
A writer sets out on a geographic journey to understand the imperiled water source.
Brad Udall on Australian water reform
Brad Udall on Australian water reform
Lessons from Australia for the Colorado River Basin
River Town
River Town
Flagstaff, Ariz., may not really have its own river, but to many of its residents it is a true river town.
In Navajoland, a contentious water deal divides the tribe
In Navajoland, a contentious water deal divides the tribe
The Navajos are on the brink of getting water they've long been entitled to, but not everybody on the reservation is pleased.
Draining the tub
Draining the tub
Lake Mead has dropped below its record low, and the reservoir's future does not look good.
 Hoover Dam: marvel and folly
Hoover Dam: marvel and folly
Hoover Dam is an amazing piece of engineering, but it has outlived its usefulness.
Net losses
Net losses
There are four endangered fish in the Colorado River: the Colorado pikeminnow, bonytail, humpback chub and razorback sucker.
Can this fish be saved?
Can this fish be saved?
An audio slide show featuring biologist and photographer Abraham Karam, who researches endangered razorback suckers.
Colorado River blues
Colorado River blues
Photos and audio stories of communities that live along the troubled Colorado River.
Life along the Colorado River
Kasia Broussalian spent two sweltering months photographing the people who live along the Colorado River.
One man's salt must not burden another man's water
One man's salt must not burden another man's water
The little farming town of Mancos, Colo., is finding ways to remove salt from its water and make irrigation more efficient during drought.
Western water in the age of climate change
In Dead Pool: Lake Powell, Global Warming, and the Future of Water in the West, James Lawrence Powell examines the impact of climate change on the West’s future.
Dwindling supplies inflame water wars
Dwindling supplies inflame water wars
Arguing about water is a beloved Western pastime, but Coloradoans may soon find themselves seriously fighting over what’s left in the Colorado River.
Welcome to the era of scarcity
Welcome to the era of scarcity
Arguing about water is a beloved Western pastime, but as the snowpack shrinks, Coloradoans are going to find themselves seriously fighting over what’s left in the Colorado River.
Dewey Bridge: In memoriam
Jim Stiles remembers Utah’s historic Dewey Bridge, which was destroyed by a fire recently.
Rolling on the rivers
The essays in Page Stegner’s Adios Amigos celebrate the fragile beauty of Western rivers and the lives of the artists and explorers who journeyed down them.
When dams were young and gardenias a nickel apiece
Tom Wolf talks to his 90-year-old mother about the Great Depression and the big dams that were built in the West in the 1930s.
L.A. Bets on the Farm
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California – the West’s most powerful water agency – uses a shrewd blend of Wall Street tactics and rural diplomacy to keep the water flowing to L.A. and its environs.
Into thin air?
Global warming spurs calls for new dams in the West – but where will the water come from to fill them?
Wish You Weren’t Here
Quagga mussels – an extraordinarily prolific and costly invasive species – have appeared in Lake Mead, and no one is sure how to keep these unwanted newcomers from infesting the West.
Against the current
For a long time, the West used water as if the supply were endless, but nowadays environmentalists are finding that too much efficiency causes problems of its own, especially in fragile ecosystems like the Colorado River Delta.