Colorado River

We should recognize the legal rights of rivers
We should recognize the legal rights of rivers
No law gives a river a right to exist; at best, laws protect a river from harm caused by new development.
Latest: Grand Canyon ‘mega-development’ voted down
Latest: Grand Canyon ‘mega-development’ voted down
Navajo council rejects plans for Escalade’s tram, shops, restaurants.
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.’
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.
Getting out of the office, and into hot water
California geology professor Jeff Mount uses river trips as an educational tool
Good work in Washington
The Bush administration deserves credit for its "Water 2025" initiative, which provided grants that have helped the Deschutes River Conservancy and the Central Oregon Irrigation District begin restoring Oregon’s Deschutes River
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
Nine reasons why a river is good for the soul
A writer on a river trip through canyon country muses on things like sand, rapids, ruins and time, as well as the joy that comes from being outside in the company of family and friends
The puzzle of plate tectonics
In Grand Canyon: Solving Earth’s Grandest Puzzle, geologist James Lawrence Powell takes a look at the science behind the Grand Canyon, and the scientists who figured it out