Water

‘Atmospheric rivers’ aid the West — and imperil it
‘Atmospheric rivers’ aid the West — and imperil it
Improved storm forecasts could help reservoir managers store more water while avoiding floods.
The tiny power plant that shapes the Colorado River — merely by existing
The tiny power plant that shapes the Colorado River — merely by existing
The Shoshone power plant is the cornerstone for water rights in the upper river.
2017 in natural disasters
2017 in natural disasters
From massive wildfires to melting ice, the calamities that affected the West this year.
Now dust is his crop, says Nevada rancher
Groundwater pumping dries Milt Thompson's Diamond Valley Ranch.
Rancher joins coalition to fight 'water grabs'
A wary rancher joins an environmental group after groundwater pumping dries his ranch.
Drought costs firms big bucks
Arizona charges two concessionaires $1.3 million for dumping trash in Lake Powell.
Lawsuit cools Rogue River jets
A homeowner and an environmental group file a suit arguing that jet-boats on the Rogue River violate the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.
Fish gotta spawn
The Bureau of Reclamation's drawdown of the Island Park Reservoir hurts trout.
Troubled waters
The National Parks and Conservation Association warns that water pollution and depletion plague the country's national parks.
Rio Grande not so
The Rio Grande is labeled the most endangered river by the environmental group American Rivers.
Faxed memo tells all
A development company mistakenly releases plans to destroy wetlands.
Can some good come out of the CAP?
The writer reflects on the costs and benefits of the Central Arizona Project.
The existence of dams forces hard choices
Eagles and salmon are at odds with hydropower and each other in Idaho.
Coalition seeks to de-dam a river
A coalition of advocates for the White Salmon River ecosystem intervenes in efforts to relicense Condit Dam.
Animas-La Plata: The last big dam in the West
A showdown between enviros and water project proponents nears over the Animas-La Plata water project.
Las Vegas moves on western Colorado's water
An interstate water leasing plan proposal threatens agriculture on Colorado's Western Slope.
High pressure bust
An oil and gas production firm's wastewater disposal in Montana could contaminate groundwater.
Idaho nixes fish farm
A fish farm plan that would have ruined one of the last clean springs on the Snake River is blocked.
Cities wield clout in Colorado
Agriculture secretary, Edward Madigan, blocks a plan to secure water for fish.
A unique ecumenism at Snoqualmie Falls
Dam relicensing threatens the social and spiritual significance of Snoqualmie Falls in Washington state.
Nevada's water future
Public forums discussing the seven year drought will be hosted by the Nevada Water Resources Association.