Water

In California, 1 million people lack access to clean water
In California, 1 million people lack access to clean water
Why one community has struggled with arsenic in its water for so long, despite the state’s Human Right to Water law.
Montana’s new governor scares conservationists
Montana’s new governor scares conservationists
Republican Greg Gianforte has a history of support for rolling back protections for public lands and waters.
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.
Update: The decline of Western snowpack is real
Update: The decline of Western snowpack is real
Data confirms climate model predictions of less snow that melts earlier in the season.
A toxic past and present on the Spokane River
A toxic past and present on the Spokane River
In eastern Washington, a push to clean PCBs from its namesake river faces a dirty legacy and global pollution problem.
How best to share the disappearing Colorado River
How best to share the disappearing Colorado River
Seven Western states must rewrite the rules of the river and cut water use — before they bleed the critical artery dry.
New rules limiting clean water protections ignore stream science
New rules limiting clean water protections ignore stream science
What happens to part of a river network affects all of it.
New Trump administration proposal weakens water protections
New Trump administration proposal weakens water protections
Dramatic changes to the Clean Water Rule will likely affect drinking water for more than one-third of Americans.
Two countries, one border and their shared pollution
Two countries, one border and their shared pollution
Communities in South San Diego sue over sewage spills.
Settlement forces Oregon to update water pollution permits
Settlement forces Oregon to update water pollution permits
In 2017, the state had the worst backlog of expired permits nationwide.
Water savings may cause suffering for burrowing owls
Water savings may cause suffering for burrowing owls
Can the tiny raptors adapt to irrigation changes in California’s warming farm fields?
New Mexico’s historically conservative second district just flipped blue
New Mexico’s historically conservative second district just flipped blue
Xochitl Torres Small is the first woman and third democrat in 50 years to win the seat.
A high-stakes water reckoning looms in the West
A high-stakes water reckoning looms in the West
Be it a wet or a dry year, the water rich in Colorado’s North Fork Valley take their share.
The precarious plan for the Lake Powell Pipeline
The precarious plan for the Lake Powell Pipeline
Officials in Utah’s fastest-growing county are obscuring details of what a high-stakes project will cost taxpayers.
Latest: Yurok Tribe cancels salmon season on Klamath River
Latest: Yurok Tribe cancels salmon season on Klamath River
For the third year in a row, the tribal citizens won’t have commercial fishing.
Arizona delays the Colorado River drought agreement
Arizona delays the Colorado River drought agreement
Interests of a few hundred farmers are contributing to postponements in basin-wide plan.
The country’s cheapest water is in the West’s driest cities
The country’s cheapest water is in the West’s driest cities
By charging more for nonessential gallons, cities could keep water affordable for everyone.
See what the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act preserves
See what the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act preserves
Over 50 years, the landmark law has protected more than 13,000 miles of American waterways.
Why Jon Kyl was chosen to replace John McCain
Why Jon Kyl was chosen to replace John McCain
Amid a reshuffling of Arizona’s political deck, the state’s governor makes a water-driven decision.
Tiny bits of plastic permeate our world
Tiny bits of plastic permeate our world
From alpine headwaters to city water supplies, the West is awash in microscopic pollutants.
Latest: Tribes gain more leverage over Western water
Latest: Tribes gain more leverage over Western water
A recent ruling could settle the unresolved groundwater rights of nearly 240 tribes.
How beavers make the desert bloom
How beavers make the desert bloom
‘I’m always looking for ways to keep water here, and the beaver do it for free.’
Paddling the Colorado’s headwaters reveals a wrung-out river
Paddling the Colorado’s headwaters reveals a wrung-out river
Shrinking snowpacks and low waterways will affect everyone from tourists to farmers.
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