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The Water Desk’s mission is to increase the volume, depth and power of journalism connected to Western water issues. We're an initiative of the Center for Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Water Desk offers support for coverage of Colorado River Basin

The Water Desk is now accepting applications for grants to support media outlets and individual journalists.

Water Desk supports journalists covering New Mexico and Rio Grande

The Water Desk is excited to announce new grants to support water journalism connected to New Mexico and the Rio Grande Basin.

Water Desk to support New Mexico and Rio Grande water journalism

The Water Desk is launching a new program to support water-related journalism in New Mexico and the Rio Grande Basin.

Water Desk supports journalists covering Colorado River

The Water Desk is excited to announce the recipients of new grants to support water journalism connected to the Colorado River Basin.

Water Desk offers grants for coverage of Colorado River Basin

The Water Desk is now accepting applications for grants of up to $10,000 to support water journalism related to the Colorado River Basin.

Water Desk awards new grants to journalists and media outlets

The Water Desk is excited to announce the recipients of new grants to support water-related journalism in the seven states of the Colorado River Basin and the borderlands of northwest Mexico. The grantees will be...

Troubled waters

The Trump administration’s new definition of “waters of the United States” dramatically shrinks federal protection of many wetlands and waterways under the Clean Water Act. The rule change cuts red tape for farmers and developers but could threaten ecosystems and drinking water, especially in the arid West.
Maroon Bells Snowpack

Melting away in a hot drought

The snowpack that 40 million people rely on for water was supposed to provide a bounty this year. Instead, much of it melted away fast and early — part of a long-term trend associated with climate change.

Introducing the Water Buffs podcast

The Water Buffs Podcast is officially launching on YouTube, Vimeo and most podcast platforms on August 12th, 2020

Announcing grantees for The Water Desk’s California Media Project

The Water Desk has made $75,000 in grants to journalists and media outlets covering California water issues.