Drought

One family makes sense of losing its Colorado River water
One family makes sense of losing its Colorado River water
Pinal County farmers suffer more drastic cuts than cities in Arizona’s tenuous drought plan.
Update: The decline of Western snowpack is real
Update: The decline of Western snowpack is real
Data confirms climate model predictions of less snow that melts earlier in the season.
How best to share the disappearing Colorado River
How best to share the disappearing Colorado River
Seven Western states must rewrite the rules of the river and cut water use — before they bleed the critical artery dry.
Colorado water users gird for first statewide plan
Colorado River Basin groundwater levels drop even faster than reservoirs
California gears up to fine water wasters: Should we turn our neighbors in?
New Mexico is getting lucky so far this fire season
Rain watch
Rain watch
What to expect from the likely El Niño summer across the West.
Drought watch
Drought watch
A summary of drought conditions across the region.
Peak water
Peak water
The vexing nature of California’s water crisis.
A long-submerged town becomes visible
A long-submerged town becomes visible
Water recedes under drought conditions and reveals a lost California community.
Map of Colorado River pulse moving toward Sea of Cortez
Will the Colorado River reach the Gulf of California once more?
Will the Colorado River reach the Gulf of California once more?
Photographs of last month's historic water pulses.
A plague of tumbleweeds
A plague of tumbleweeds
A handy pamphlet on how to dig out from a tumbleweed takeover of sci-fi proportions.
Drought brings new dust storms to the geographic heart of the Dust Bowl
Drought brings new dust storms to the geographic heart of the Dust Bowl
Despite an infusion of moisture, pockets of the Southern High Plains have been plagued with dusters and inundated with tumbleweeds.
New Hope for the Delta
New Hope for the Delta
During the worst drought in more than a century, the Colorado River may flow to the sea once more.
Severe drought forces a moment of truth for the Klamath
Severe drought forces a moment of truth for the Klamath
Irrigation shutoffs in the river's upper basin may finally help move a historic water deal on the Oregon-California border.
California farm communities suffer tainted drinking water
California farm communities suffer tainted drinking water
In California's agricultural hub, the Central Valley, Latino communities fight for clean water.
Lake Mead's retreat leaves Nevada ghost town high and dry
Lake Mead's retreat leaves Nevada ghost town high and dry
The residents of St. Thomas were forced to leave their homes behind when Lake Mead submerged their town. But after decades under water, drought has brought it back to the surface.
(Don't) Let it burn
(Don't) Let it burn
A "temporary" policy change requires Forest Service firefighters to put out fires they might have let burn in previous years, for fear of them raging out of control.
The Bakken oil play spurs a booming business -- in water
The Bakken oil play spurs a booming business -- in water
Hydraulic fracturing's extraordinary appetite for water is creating friction between North Dakota's farmers and drillers.
Floods, fire ... are locusts next?
Floods, fire ... are locusts next?
First floods, then fire -- natural disasters pound a small Montana community.
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