Rivers & Lakes

Why Silverton still doesn't want a Superfund site
Why Silverton still doesn't want a Superfund site
A polluted Colorado town wants to clean up on its own terms. But it’s been saying that for years.
Invasive crayfish in Oregon devastate native newts
Invasive crayfish in Oregon devastate native newts
At Crater Lake, the National Park Service is seeking solutions — but it could be too late.
Latest: Salmon, coast recovers after Elwha dams come down
Latest: Salmon, coast recovers after Elwha dams come down
Despite recovery, warm temperatures still threaten salmon spawning.
Gold King Mine water was headed for the Animas, anyway
Gold King Mine water was headed for the Animas, anyway
The nuts and bolts of acid mine drainage.
Five Western waterways worse than the orange Animas
Five Western waterways worse than the orange Animas
Colorado’s Animas River has gotten the most attention — but it’s hardly alone.
Animas dispatch: Hundreds celebrate the river’s reopening
Animas dispatch: Hundreds celebrate the river’s reopening
Durango may be moving on, but wider fears about the toxic spill still reverberate.
Animas River spill: only the latest in 150 years of pollution
Animas River spill: only the latest in 150 years of pollution
Mapping the other threats to the Animas and San Juan Rivers.
Wild Science: Migratory birds on the Great Salt Lake
Wild Science: Migratory birds on the Great Salt Lake
Scientists explore how phalaropes respond to less water and increased salinity.
Sea lions feast on Columbia salmon
Sea lions feast on Columbia salmon
Fishermen, tribes and environmentalists flummoxed as predator numbers swell below Bonneville Dam.
Why is bad science protecting the Lower Snake River dams?
When our river turned orange
When our river turned orange
Nine things you need to know about the Animas River mine waste spill.
California drought renews push for water storage projects
California drought renews push for water storage projects
A long-standing proposal to enlarge Shasta Dam gets a boost from the Bureau of Reclamation.
Does the fate of the silvery minnow foretell the Rio Grande's future?
Does the fate of the silvery minnow foretell the Rio Grande's future?
Biologists go to great lengths to keep the fish alive, but it’s nearly extinct in the wild.
Tracing the Yampa River where it flows free
Tracing the Yampa River where it flows free
Review of “Colorado’s Yampa River” by John Fielder.
Colorado's water plan: an end to mega projects?
Colorado's water plan: an end to mega projects?
The latest draft of the plan sets strict guidelines for approving new diversions over the Rocky Mountains.
Whitewater parks: an unlikely drought bailout
Whitewater parks: an unlikely drought bailout
Expensive artificial wave features can ease dry times for river economies.
Misadventures in packrafting
Misadventures in packrafting
Is the new sport just an expensive way to get into trouble on the river?
Old mines still plague Montana's Clark Fork
Old mines still plague Montana's Clark Fork
Why one of the nation's largest Superfund river sites can't address pollution from abandoned mines.
A bull trout reintroduction in Oregon proves what’s possible
A bull trout reintroduction in Oregon proves what’s possible
The ambitious effort brings a threatened predator back to the Clackamas watershed.
New perspective from Edward Abbey on the river
New perspective from Edward Abbey on the river
Review of ‘The Hidden Canyon: A River Journey’ by John Blaustein
More waterways likely protected under new EPA rule
More waterways likely protected under new EPA rule
The controversial Clean Water Act rule protects tributaries with any sign of water, no matter the flow.
On New Mexico’s Gila River, a contentious diversion gets the go-ahead
On New Mexico’s Gila River, a contentious diversion gets the go-ahead
Questions remain of how much water it will yield and whether local farmers can afford to buy it.
Gov. Brown slashes Sacramento Delta environmental protection
Gov. Brown slashes Sacramento Delta environmental protection
California tunnel plan also introduces water uncertainties for farms and cities.