Drought

Wildfire kills Klamath fish: ‘Everything that’s in there is dead.’
Wildfire kills Klamath fish: ‘Everything that’s in there is dead.’
Landslides of ash have poisoned tens of thousands of fish in the already-imperiled river.
Protecting a vulnerable great blue heron rookery
Protecting a vulnerable great blue heron rookery
Despite recreation pressures, a Colorado community comes together to preserve the wildness of the place they live in.
Can a major wildfire and drought package get through Congress?
Can a major wildfire and drought package get through Congress?
As the West burns, a bill aiming to prevent fires, bump firefighter’s pay and protect water resources passes the House.
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.
Notes from a wildfire refugee
Notes from a wildfire refugee
When wildfire forces locals to flee their beloved Colorado homes, people begin to talk more openly than they used to about climate change.
California’s Tangled Water Politics
California’s Tangled Water Politics
Will there ever be enough water in California's Bay Delta to satisfy farmers, keep fish alive and quench the thirst of millions of people?
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.
True tests of 'Stay and Defend'
True tests of 'Stay and Defend'
Australia’s recent fires may have scorched “Stay and Defend,” a firefighting strategy American Westerners had thought of emulating. Also: Birds are shifting their winter range.
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