Water

How ‘sustainable’ is California’s groundwater sustainability act?
How ‘sustainable’ is California’s groundwater sustainability act?
Numerous issues around equity and the plan’s rollout loom.
‘I’m scared of getting sick from the water’
‘I’m scared of getting sick from the water’
Some rural California communities have waited nearly a decade for state regulators to repair their tainted drinking-water systems.
The toxic, soupy biomass choking water systems in California
The toxic, soupy biomass choking water systems in California
Algae blooms in Clear Lake are a public health risk and increase water treatment costs.
Trump gutted NEPA regulations, but a Biden presidency could restore them
Trump gutted NEPA regulations, but a Biden presidency could restore them
An environmental lawyer discusses the future of the country’s bedrock environmental law.
Eleven Alaska Native tribes offer new way forward on managing the Tongass
Eleven Alaska Native tribes offer new way forward on managing the Tongass
The proposal comes after a failed consultation process of ‘one way communication’ over the Tongass National Forest.
Killing the Vegas Pipeline
Killing the Vegas Pipeline
Nevada’s attitude toward water is changing.
Six states threaten lawsuits if feds fast-track the Lake Powell Pipeline
Six states threaten lawsuits if feds fast-track the Lake Powell Pipeline
The Trump Administration’s plan to expedite review of Utah’s diversion project undoes decades of collaborative agreements between the states that rely on the Colorado River.
When home is next to an oil refinery
When home is next to an oil refinery
All I knew about Wilmington, California, was poverty, so I long hid my connection to it.
What sewage can tell us about the spread of COVID-19
What sewage can tell us about the spread of COVID-19
More cities are testing wastewater, but a poor federal response keeps efforts scattered.
A wildlife refuge under siege at the border
A wildlife refuge under siege at the border
New emails detail drained ponds, salvaged fish and a tense relationship with the Department of Homeland Security.
Contested water settlements inflamed the Navajo Nation’s health crisis
Contested water settlements inflamed the Navajo Nation’s health crisis
Colonial laws and federal neglect created a worse-case scenario during a global pandemic.
Who’s looking out for elders on the Navajo Nation?
Who’s looking out for elders on the Navajo Nation?
A reporter documents lack of food and harsh conditions for many Diné elderly, and few willing to take responsibility.
Will a new copper mine risk Montana’s Smith River?
Will a new copper mine risk Montana’s Smith River?
A group of conservation organizations have challenged the mine’s operating permit in court.
Colorado passes limits on dangerous ‘forever’ chemicals
Colorado passes limits on dangerous ‘forever’ chemicals
As federal regulations lag, state water officials unanimously pass new PFAS limits.
The only catfish native to the Western U.S. is running out of water
The only catfish native to the Western U.S. is running out of water
The Yaqui catfish was going extinct. Then came the border wall.
Video: Reclaiming the Klamath
Video: Reclaiming the Klamath
Yurok attorney Amy Cordalis leads the tribe into litigation over more water for salmon in the Klamath.
Questions surround Pebble Mine’s environmental review
Questions surround Pebble Mine’s environmental review
As a decision on the open-pit mine nears, documents acquired through the Freedom of Information Act unveil agency critiques.
Jordan Cove pipeline moves forward, despite Oregon’s opposition
Jordan Cove pipeline moves forward, despite Oregon’s opposition
The company insists the pipeline will help Gov. Kate Brown recover economically from COVID-19.
We can save the Colorado River
We can save the Colorado River
It’s time to create an Irrigation Reserve Program.
Fast-growing Western cities face megadrought
Fast-growing Western cities face megadrought
Eleven states and northern Mexico will likely experience a drought more severe than any since the 1500s.
The threat below Mount St. Helens
The threat below Mount St. Helens
Forty years after the mountain’s eruption, officials struggle to balance research and risk.
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.
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