Rivers & Lakes

Climate change increases rare earth elements in Colorado’s Snake River
Climate change increases rare earth elements in Colorado’s Snake River
A new study suggests lower stream flows as a primary culprit.
Klamath River issues explained
Klamath River issues explained
Confused about what’s happening on the Klamath? Dams, salmon, irrigation and more.
The familial bond between the  Klamath River and the Yurok people
The familial bond between the Klamath River and the Yurok people
How a tribal community’s health is intimately connected to the health of the river.
Why a Colorado River reunion with the sea isn’t a guarantee
Why a Colorado River reunion with the sea isn’t a guarantee
To revive a desiccated ecosystem, a U.S.-Mexico agreement looks past ‘pulse flows.’
Latest: A setback for a Las Vegas pipeline
Latest: A setback for a Las Vegas pipeline
Judge tells BLM to redo plans for compensating for wildlife habitat that would be lost to massive groundwater project.
West Obsessed: On dams and the rebirth of the Elwha
West Obsessed: On dams and the rebirth of the Elwha
A deep dive into a dismantled dam — and another in the planning stages.
U.S. and Mexico agree to share a shrinking Colorado River
U.S. and Mexico agree to share a shrinking Colorado River
The two nations are poised to sign an updated water pact to deal with drought.
In Glen Canyon, a fight against invasive grasses
In Glen Canyon, a fight against invasive grasses
A young researcher seeks to make the Southwest more resilient to climate change.
Will Utah dam the Bear River?
Will Utah dam the Bear River?
The Wasatch Front faces drier times and a growing population, threatening the Great Salt Lake.
Down with the Glen Canyon Dam?
Down with the Glen Canyon Dam?
Activists claim that decommissioning the dam will save water and restore a wild canyon. Are they right?
A return to the Snake River
A return to the Snake River
Taking a trip down the undammed section of Hells Canyon.
Slow progress on Park Service harassment
Slow progress on Park Service harassment
The agency begins to deliver on promises to confront sexual harassment.
Owls stuck in toilets; Otter attacks tuber; Mr. Mayor: Stubbs the cat
Owls stuck in toilets; Otter attacks tuber; Mr. Mayor: Stubbs the cat
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
After its dams came down, a river is reborn
After its dams came down, a river is reborn
A look at the Elwha unleashed.
A community copes with record low salmon returns
A community copes with record low salmon returns
On the Fraser River, faltering salmon populations have impacted tribes and urban economies.
States restrict chinook fisheries
States restrict chinook fisheries
Extreme climate conditions over recent years pummeled the king of Western salmon.
U.S. House moves to streamline water projects
U.S. House moves to streamline water projects
A controversial bill would weaken states’ control over water.
A legal snarl in Idaho portends future conflicts over water
A legal snarl in Idaho portends future conflicts over water
As the climate changes, dams face new challenges for water rights and releases.
Why we should celebrate unlovely fish
Why we should celebrate unlovely fish
An angler documents his pursuit of the uglier species.
Clean water repeal moves forward
Clean water repeal moves forward
The public can now weigh in on the Trump administration’s regulatory rollback.
A network of trails that spans the country
A network of trails that spans the country
The National Trails System, by the numbers.
How collaboration can save the Colorado River
How collaboration can save the Colorado River
Different interests must align for a successful restoration.
The Colorado River is shrinking because of climate change
The Colorado River is shrinking because of climate change
A long-term drought threatens Western cities’ water supplies.
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