Rivers & Lakes

In need of water, an Idaho town turns to its neighbors
In need of water, an Idaho town turns to its neighbors
Does recharging an aquifer solve one of the West’s oldest water problems, or perpetuate it?
One tribal nation could decide the fate of Arizona’s drought plan
One tribal nation could decide the fate of Arizona’s drought plan
The Gila River Indian Community could pull out of the plan in light of a new bill threatening to undermine their water rights.
California contemplates water for struggling fish
California contemplates water for struggling fish
In an unprecedented move, the state may require upstream users to cut water use to improve water quality in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
How the Yurok Tribe is reclaiming the Klamath River
How the Yurok Tribe is reclaiming the Klamath River
For the first time, the largest tribe in California has one of its own to lead its legal battles.
The dark secrets of the Animas River
The dark secrets of the Animas River
A 2015 spill that turned the waterway orange is a reminder of mining’s disastrous legacy.
Below Mount Shasta, a fight burbles over bottled water
Below Mount Shasta, a fight burbles over bottled water
Selling water to Nestlé, Crystal Geyser and others could strain aquifers.
Interior revives the push for a higher Shasta Dam
Interior revives the push for a higher Shasta Dam
But the state of California and Winnemem Wintu Tribe oppose the project.
Tribal nations hold some of the best water rights in the West
Tribal nations hold some of the best water rights in the West
But to use them, tribes often must negotiate settlements that need federal approval.
Colorado says fishing next to private land is trespassing
Colorado says fishing next to private land is trespassing
But that could change on the Arkansas River if a legal decision declares it navigable.
The playground of Lake Powell isn’t worth drowned canyons
The playground of Lake Powell isn’t worth drowned canyons
Before a writer knew the true cost of Glen Canyon Dam, ‘ignorance was bliss.’
Arizona agency angers Colorado River users upstream
Arizona agency angers Colorado River users upstream
The spat offers a preview of what water politics could look like in a drier future.
Climate extremes are putting species in sync – and in danger
Climate extremes are putting species in sync – and in danger
Shifts in coastal weather systems could make the West’s species less resilient.
The House passes a bill limiting water for salmon
The House passes a bill limiting water for salmon
The legislation would override a court ruling calling for more water over dams.
Latest: Salmon get a boost over Columbia River dams
Latest: Salmon get a boost over Columbia River dams
Court order to help beleaguered fish forces operators to spill more water over dams.
Scuba flies
Scuba flies
In California’s Mono Lake — whose alkaline waters are deadly to most insects — these diving flies don’t just survive; they thrive.
Montana’s only congressman sells public lands short
Montana’s only congressman sells public lands short
Recreation-based businesses like canoe guiding rely on continued protection for national monuments.
Latest: Wyoming to pay up over water dispute
Latest: Wyoming to pay up over water dispute
A decade-old case on the Tongue River is resolved.
In Oregon, a peculiar case for protecting the beaver
In Oregon, a peculiar case for protecting the beaver
Using the Endangered Species Act, a novel strategy could protect keystone species.
Fight over household wells highlights rural growing pains
Fight over household wells highlights rural growing pains
Can Washington balance development with the needs of rivers, fish and water users?
To save our oceans, let’s start with our rivers
To save our oceans, let’s start with our rivers
Dams and pollution affect rivers across the West, to the detriment of our oceans.
The uncompromising environmentalist behind the Sierra Club
The uncompromising environmentalist behind the Sierra Club
A new book details the rise of the Sierra Club from hiking group to political force.
The cyclone in the Great Salt Lake
The cyclone in the Great Salt Lake
An encyclopedia encapsulates a lasting earthwork of the 70s Land Movement.
Latest: Another lease on life for the Salton Sea?
Latest: Another lease on life for the Salton Sea?
Now that water deliveries have ended, it’s a race for a solution.
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