Drought

The drought isn’t over, so let’s not relax
The drought isn’t over, so let’s not relax
It’s too soon to stop water conservation efforts. News of the drought’s end are greatly exaggerated.
Snowpack is melting fast, despite April storms
Snowpack is melting fast, despite April storms
It has dwindled faster than experts have seen in nearly four decades, which could upset reservoir management.
It’s time to stop development and save the Rio Grande
Drought brings unexpected water relief to California communities
Drought brings unexpected water relief to California communities
State and federal funds are paying for desperately needed infrastructure in the Central Valley.
The disappearing wetlands in California’s Central Valley
The disappearing wetlands in California’s Central Valley
Where water is scarce, waterbirds pay the price.
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.
A dry future weighs heavy on California agriculture
A dry future weighs heavy on California agriculture
Something’s got to give in Central Valley farming. The only question is what.
Will this desert community survive its water overdraft problem?
Will this desert community survive its water overdraft problem?
Borrego Springs, California, was founded on the promise of endless water. Now they must conserve — or else.
Above normal snowpack in some of last winter's driest regions
Above normal snowpack in some of last winter's driest regions
Precipitation in recent months chips away at California drought, but the water deficit will be hard to overcome.
In ‘Gold Fame Citrus,’ the nascent genre of cli-fi looks to California
In ‘Gold Fame Citrus,’ the nascent genre of cli-fi looks to California
A new climate change novel predicts a dystopian West of sand and refugees.
2015 wildfires burned a record-breaking 10.1 million acres
2015 wildfires burned a record-breaking 10.1 million acres
Fires in Alaska help to smash 2006 record.
How the feds can ensure Western states get more water in 2016
How the feds can ensure Western states get more water in 2016
Key legislation failed in 2015. Will this year be any different?
California relocates residents whose wells have gone dry
California relocates residents whose wells have gone dry
Residents explain why the new drought program may or may not work for them.
Is the West prepared for climate change?
Is the West prepared for climate change?
A new report shows most states are vulnerable to future increases in extreme heat, drought, and flooding.
Early season snowpack falls short across the West
Early season snowpack falls short across the West
Nevada and Idaho are the only Western states above their historic averages.
Millions in debt, a community wonders if its water source will provide
Millions in debt, a community wonders if its water source will provide
This master-planned community must keep building to survive, despite the drought.
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?
Could Los Angeles design its way to water independence?
Could Los Angeles design its way to water independence?
A pair of architects are reinvisioning the city's relationship with water, starting with storm runoff.
The tenuous revival of Mono Lake
The tenuous revival of Mono Lake
Its defenders won a long fight over water with Los Angeles. Now, drought is raising new questions about its future.
How a plan to save southeastern Colorado went off the rails
How a plan to save southeastern Colorado went off the rails
Heritage tourism offered a way out of economic doldrums. Why did it go wrong?
Will a new state plan solve Colorado's water troubles?
Will a new state plan solve Colorado's water troubles?
After years of growing scarcity and population pressure, Colorado finally has a plan of action.
Innovation amid drought in the Sacramento Delta
Innovation amid drought in the Sacramento Delta
Checking in with a farmer who traded some of his water for long term survival.