Rivers & Lakes

The Pebble Mine saga enters a new chapter
The Pebble Mine saga enters a new chapter
The close of public comments is marked by familiar dividing lines and surprising feedback from an EPA official.
The Colorado River needs a long-term plan for drought
The Colorado River needs a long-term plan for drought
Western states bought some time with a historic agreement but still face a hotter, drier future.
Federal and tribal coalitions challenge Canadian mining
Federal and tribal coalitions challenge Canadian mining
‘It’s about British Columbia being a really bad actor as an upstream neighbor that pollutes our water.’
Shaken and stirred in California's recent earthquake
Shaken and stirred in California's recent earthquake
How seismic events can make drought impacts worse.
New Mexico delays controversial Gila vote
New Mexico delays controversial Gila vote
Many unanswered questions remain about proposals to divert the state's last undammed major river.
The Latest: Ruptured tailings pond spills waste in Canada
The Latest: Ruptured tailings pond spills waste in Canada
The Mount Polley breach may harm salmon.
Idaho’s sewer system is the Snake River
Idaho’s sewer system is the Snake River
As Big Ag flourishes, this massive waterway suffers.
Is Canada's massive mine waste spill a sign of things to come?
To protect hydropower, utilities will pay Colorado River water users to conserve
Summer swimming in a Washington lake
Summer swimming in a Washington lake
A writer takes the plunge in frigid water.
Colorado River Basin groundwater levels drop even faster than reservoirs
What's killing the Yukon's salmon?
What's killing the Yukon's salmon?
An ecological mystery in Alaska has scientists and fishermen baffled and alarmed.
River of no return
River of no return
Seattle’s Duwamish has been straightened, dredged and heavily polluted. Can a Superfund cleanup bring it back to life?
Will our 'dam nation' free its rivers?
Will our 'dam nation' free its rivers?
A new film explores a growing movement to remove dams that have outlived their usefulness.
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.
The great Flathead fish fiasco
The great Flathead fish fiasco
State and tribes disagree over how to tackle an exotic species' takeover of a Montana lake.
Hard lessons from the mighty salmon runs of Bristol Bay
Hard lessons from the mighty salmon runs of Bristol Bay
The world’s longest ongoing salmon research reveals the astounding complexity of wild ecosystems -- and how easily it can be lost.
Could an Alaska mining project jeopardize Earth’s largest bald eagle gathering?
Could an Alaska mining project jeopardize Earth’s largest bald eagle gathering?
Scientists studying eagles on the Chilkat River near Haines worry that nearby mineral exploration may threaten a chum salmon run the migrating raptors rely on, possibly with cross-continent consequences.
A toxic cocktail runs through it
A toxic cocktail runs through it
Yakama Nation won't ignore Willamette River's Superfund toxics that stream into Lower Columbia
Explorer's notebook: Craig Childs on the Lower San Juan
Explorer's notebook: Craig Childs on the Lower San Juan
Craig Childs narrates his paddle down the Lower San Juan, with photos and video he took on the trip.
The public pays to keep water in a river
Three important "takings" lawsuits claim farmers should be compensated when water is withheld from irrigators in order to help endangered species during times of drought
Tribes fight to clear the roads for salmon
Twenty tribes file suit against the state of Washington, saying that the state violates treaty rights by not repairing the thousands of culverts that prevent endangered salmon from returning to their spawning grounds.
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