Water

As temperatures rise,  Arizona sinks
As temperatures rise, Arizona sinks
Climate change and unregulated wells are depleting the West’s groundwater reserves.
‘This system cannot be sustained’
‘This system cannot be sustained’
This year, tribal nations enter negotiations over Colorado River water.
Thirsty crops and vulnerable families vie for California’s precious water
Thirsty crops and vulnerable families vie for California’s precious water
Farmers are pumping until residential wells run dry in the Central Valley.
New Mexico grapples with its ‘forever’ chemicals
New Mexico grapples with its ‘forever’ chemicals
The City of Clovis has a water contamination problem but no easy way to fix it.
Trump targets a bedrock environmental law
Trump targets a bedrock environmental law
Three years of rollbacks have taken a toll, without delivering real benefits.
There’s a new boom in the Permian Basin — wastewater
There’s a new boom in the Permian Basin — wastewater
As freshwater supplies shrink, interest in recycling water leftover from fracking is growing. Others aren’t so sure.
Trump’s border wall threatens fish species
Trump’s border wall threatens fish species
The U.S. is skirting conservation laws and withdrawing millions of gallons of groundwater.
California’s Dream has turned into water nightmares
California’s Dream has turned into water nightmares
A new book looks at the Golden State’s history to understand its current water crisis.
A long-running water-rights lawsuit over the Klamath River ends
A long-running water-rights lawsuit over the Klamath River ends
Court upholds upstream river rights of the Klamath, Yurok and Hoopa Valley tribes.
Montana’s water rights fractured by new development
Montana’s water rights fractured by new development
As subdivisions spread, it’s becoming harder to manage one of the state’s most valuable resources.
Humans are great at giving real problems the side-eye
Humans are great at giving real problems the side-eye
Two new titles provide insight on the willful ignorance that lead to the West’s water woes.
Is renewable energy’s future dammed?
Is renewable energy’s future dammed?
A proposed hydroelectric project on the Little Colorado River shows the tricky trade-offs in transitioning from fossil fuels.
Salmon swim above the Grand Coulee Dam for first time in 80 years
Salmon swim above the Grand Coulee Dam for first time in 80 years
Members of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation gather to begin a new cycle for salmon.
Environmental study of Shasta Dam height halted
Environmental study of Shasta Dam height halted
Stakeholders disagree over whether raising the dam would offer benefits or detriments.
A remote island sees just a third of its pelicans return for breeding season
A remote island sees just a third of its pelicans return for breeding season
Low Great Salt Lake levels mean coyotes can get onto the island.
Trump’s Fish and Wildlife pick is entangled with industry
Trump’s Fish and Wildlife pick is entangled with industry
Aurelia Skipwith has ties to water interests fighting endangered species protection and worked for ag giant Monsanto.
The Klamath River now has the legal rights of a person
The Klamath River now has the legal rights of a person
A Yurok Tribe resolution allows cases to be brought on behalf of the river as a person in tribal court.
A water ‘win-win’ in Colorado? Not so fast.
A water ‘win-win’ in Colorado? Not so fast.
A plan to export water from the San Luis Valley to the Denver Metro area is met with defiance.
Colorado farmers fight to save their water and their community’s future
Colorado farmers fight to save their water and their community’s future
‘We can either wait on Mother Nature — or we can give it a shot ourselves.’
The Mormon Church supplied tainted water to its members for years
The Mormon Church supplied tainted water to its members for years
Utah regulators turned a blind eye to faulty water systems at a girls’ summer camp, trusting the LDS Church would eventually fix the problem.
The tyranny of lawns and landlords
The tyranny of lawns and landlords
Renting culture puts dreams of cultivating wildness out of reach.
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.
Paranoia and a ‘preposterously’ oversized water tank
Paranoia and a ‘preposterously’ oversized water tank
An affluent Utah community spent millions to extinguish its fear of fire. Decades later, they’re still trying to buy their way out of a bottomless pit.
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