An initiative of the Center for Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado Boulder

Colorado River Econ 101

By Kurt Repanshek, National Parks Traveler From the high country in Rocky Mountain National Park a muddy flush of water rushes downstream, through western Colorado. It turns left, going south...

Climate change reducing Colorado River runoff

By Kurt Repanshek, National Parks Traveler By mid-century, annual runoff into the Colorado River could be reduced by nearly a third as declining snowpack leads to greater evaporation of snowmelt,...

Not enough water and too many invasives at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

Years of drought, upstream diversions and impoundments, and an overly optimistic forecast of Colorado River flows, have sapped the river once literally called Grand.

Water Desk grantees

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

Praying for rain

The Zuni tribe's homeland is one of the most parched sections of the country. The tribe has already declared three drought emergencies in the last 15 years. Will it survive the next one?

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.

Water is life. It’s also a battle. So what does the future hold for...

An explanation of California’s water development — as well as the challenges, today and tomorrow, of providing water for the state’s people, places and things.

As the Salton Sea shrinks, it leaves behind a toxic reminder of the cost...

Scientists fear that eventually the toxic residue of more than a century of agricultural runoff will be blown into the air — and into the lungs of residents.

Announcing our first grantees

The Water Desk is excited to announce our first grants to support journalists and media outlets covering Western water issues and the Colorado River Basin. Grantees will delve into a...