Water

The feds declined to seriously cut Colorado River water use. Here’s what that means
The feds declined to seriously cut Colorado River water use. Here’s what that means
After Southwestern states failed to cut a deal, the Interior Department took it easy on them.
A new investigation reveals depth of skewed policing in Siskiyou County
A new investigation reveals depth of skewed policing in Siskiyou County
A staggering percentage of stops by county deputies targeted Asian-American residents.
Can a major wildfire and drought package get through Congress?
Can a major wildfire and drought package get through Congress?
As the West burns, a bill aiming to prevent fires, bump firefighter’s pay and protect water resources passes the House.
Mono Lake: Victory over Los Angeles turns into local controversy
California's Mono Lake has been saved from Los Angeles' thirst, but a new local battle is brewing over the water in the lake's streams, and the question of how far to take restoration of the area.
League of Women Voters
The League of Women Voters plans to survey the public about their knowledge of the causes of water pollution.
A chance to go wild
The Forest Service releases report recommending wild and scenic designation for rivers in the Uinta National Forest.
Reclaiming a lost canyon
Those who remember and still mourn for drowned Glen Canyon find new allies in the fight to destroy the dam and restore the canyon.
A tale of two rivers: The desert empire and the mountain
A careful study of the history of the Colorado River Basin and Glen Canyon Dam reveals that the hated dam may have had some good consequences, saving the Upper Basin states from overdevelopment and industrialization.
Drain Lake Powell? Democracy and science finally come West
The proposal to drain Lake Powell is exhilarating because of the debate it will inspire.
River stretch ignites a fight
Washington Sen. Patty Murray seeks to protect the stretch of the Columbia River that flows through the Hanford Nuclear Reservation - known as the Hanford Reach - as a wild and scenic river, but many locals object.
Dam deconstruction - what's next?
Other dams under consideration for possible destruction include eight in Washington and Glen Canyon Dam in Arizona.
Deconstructing the age of dams
California rice farmers decide to destroy salmon-blocking dams in their Sacramento Valley irrigation district.
Let rivers heal
A report from the Oregon State University's Department of Fisheries says salmon and river restoration needs to focus on entire watersheds to succeed.
Sierra Club moves to fortify its 'drain Lake Powell' campaign
The Sierra Club's endorsement of draining Lake Powell spurs controversy about dam deconstruction as well as the club's decision-making policy and whether it was violated.
For sale: a Colorado water district - maybe
An attempt by the federal government to sell a small irrigation project, the Collbran Project, to local water conservancy districts runs into trouble because the public is not consulted first.
Fixing Fish Creek
The Forest Service wants to restore Oregon's Fish Creek, damaged by logging, roadbuilding and landslides.
An Idaho daily breaches the Northwest's silence over tearing down dams
The Idaho Statesman goes out on a limb with editorials suggesting that four dams on the Snake River - Lower Granite, Little Goose, Lower Monumental and Ice Harbor - be torn down to help the recovery of endangered salmon.
Tribe hopes to dam its way to jobs
Two dams proposed for Utah's Uinta Mountains, which would provide water and work for the Uintah Basin's Native Americans, face environmental opposition.
Accident shakes Flaming Gorge Dam
A broken pipe in Utah's Flaming Gorge Dam creates a crisis and harms a trout fishery downstream.
Owens Valley finally loses patience
Rural elected officials order Los Angeles to stop diverting 43 million gallons water a day from California's Owens Lake.
A-LP looms liter
Animas-La Plata backers unveil a leaner new version of the proposed dam - A-LP "Lite" - but opponents still have plenty of criticism.
Whitewater comes roaring back
PacifiCorp releases water from Grace Dam for two days, and whitewater rapids roar down the Bear River through Grace, Idaho.
Lakes vanish - and then return
A 10-mile stretch of lakes, creeks and a waterfall in Lincoln County, Wash. - dry for a decade - come back to life this spring as the drought ends.
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