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

The Los Angeles River’s overlooked anglers

Unhoused Angelenos use the urban river as a source of sustenance, but a proposal to revitalize the waterway could push them out.

In the heart of the San Joaquin Valley, two groundwater sustainability agencies try to...

Agencies in two counties are pursuing different approaches to address overdraft and meet requirements of California’s groundwater law.
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Why Wall Street investors’ trading California water futures is nothing to fear – and...

Some worry about Wall Street’s involvement in trading water, but two researchers argue the risks are likely overblown.
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Homestake Reservoir release proves tricky to track

Front Range water providers released water downstream to test how to get it to the state line in the event of a Colorado River Compact call.
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Colorado distillers, builders and restaurateurs get water savvy this Earth Day

Earth Day offers a chance to highlight some Colorado projects and businesses that are moving the needle on water sustainability.

Interstate water wars are heating up along with the climate

Southwest Utah’s claim to Colorado River water is sparking conflict with other western states.
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After Clean Water Act setback, state to ask lawmakers for new authority

State health officials will request to fast-track authority over streams left unprotected after a 2020 rollback of Clean Water Act.
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Roaring Fork on its way to 100 more acre-feet of flows

Pitkin County took the final step in a years-long effort to get more water into the often water-short upper Roaring Fork River.

Nearly 60 million Americans don’t drink their tap water, research suggests – here’s why...

Water insecurity is an underrecognized but growing problem in the U.S. Tap water distrust is part of the problem.

The water war in Indian Wells Valley

California pistachio farmers are facing off against the U.S. Navy over water rights. The outcome could shape future legal fights as climate change upends the status quo.