Water

Alaska Native villages band together to keep the Yukon River’s wild salmon afloat
Alaska Native villages band together to keep the Yukon River’s wild salmon afloat
‘As a unified voice, we are unstoppable — and we can manage the river better.’
Hatch green chiles are feeling the heat
Hatch green chiles are feeling the heat
Growers of New Mexico’s iconic crop wrestle with drought, water rights and labor shortages.
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.
Congress fights to restore a filthy past
Memories of the horrors of corporate water pollution before environmental regulation prompt the author to warn Congress against weakening the law.
We need to avoid riparian hysteria
"Climatic serendipity" is more likely to restore riparian areas than human tinkering and the use of scare tactics.
Restoring a watershed
The Sierra Club's map of the Spokane-Coeur d'Alene watershed draws attention to the area's pollution and offers advice.
Economist discovers what a free river is worth
Economist John Loomis puts a price tag on the value of tearing down two Elwha River dams and restoring the salmon runs on the river.
Dan Beard resigns
Dan Beard resigns as director of the Bureau of Reclamation to the disappointment of environmentalists.
Rescuing Colorado's rivers
The nonprofit Colorado Rivers Alliance aims to protect and restore Colorado rivers.
Harold Vangilder
Sierra Vista City Councilman Harold Vangilder defends human use of the San Pedro River.
Sandy Anderson
Arizona naturalist Sandy Anderson tries to educate people about the wildlife of the San Pedro.
The Southwest's last real river: Will it flow on?
Arizona's San Pedro River - the Southwest's last natural low-desert river - still faces a number of threats to its survival.
Rivers in jeopardy
American Rivers includes four Western rivers in its list of the nation's 10 most endangered.
Citizen action gets results
Texaco agrees to clean up North Platte River pollution from a defunct oil refinery after Sierra Club sues.
Wyoming tribes get support to keep a river wet
The Wind River Indian Reservation sues non-Indian irrigators for violating water rights and dumping trash in the Wind River to dam it.
Slashing water welfare
Bureau of Reclamation sets new rules to prevent corporate farms from using subsidized water meant for family farms.
So far, it is the rivers of the region that have suffered
An excerpt from T.H. Watkins' Stone Time describes how Major John Wesley Powell tried to warn people 100 years ago that there was not enough water in the West to irrigate as they desired.
One project seems like the same old BuRec
Despite evidence it's a boondoggle, Southwestern Colorado's Animas-LaPlata is still slated for construction in order to meet treaty obligations to Ute Indian tribes.
Grand Canyon flood postponed
A plan to let the Colorado River flood for one week through Grand Canyon is delayed, to the chagrin of environmentalists.
Dams were built on breathless prose
A 1965 Bureau of Reclamation booklet declaimed the glories of building Glen Canyon Dam.
The fight for Reclamation
New Commissioner of Reclamation Dan Beard seeks to make his agency more environmentally sensitive.
Environmentalists and feds try to save Idaho's rivers
Environmental groups seek federal remedies to improve the Snake River's flows.
River purity is a new goal for all sorts offarmers
Catfish farmer Don Campbell is one of many Idaho farmers who want to help restore the Snake River.
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