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

A Mexican water expert on what Arizona can learn from Hermosillo

As severe water scarcity becomes an increasingly real and dire prospect for Arizona, looking south to Sonora offers important insight.

Can Colorado’s source streams make a comeback? These scientists, and beavers, think so

Restoring natural infrastructure, such as beaver habitat and the wetlands it creates, could shield communities from damaging floods, remove toxins and high sediment loads from water, and reduce the apocalyptic effects of megafires.

Photos and videos: Rio Grande near Taos Junction Bridge, June 2023

This page features ground-based and drone-captured photos and videos of the Rio Grande in northern New Mexico near the Taos Junction Bridge and the river's confluence with the Rio...

Photos: Salt River, Arizona, 2021 and 2023

This page features aerial photos of Arizona's Salt River, including its confluence with the Verde River. Both the Salt and Verde are tributaries of the Gila River and part of the Colorado...

Photos: Granite Reef Diversion Dam aerials, June 2023

This page features aerial photos of Arizona's Granite Reef Diversion Dam, along the Salt River near Mesa. Completed in 1908, the dam is only 29 feet high but 1,000 feet long. It was...

Photos: Stewart Mountain Dam and Saguaro Lake, June 2023

This page features aerial photos of Arizona's Stewart Mountain Dam and Saguaro Lake along the Salt River northeast of Phoenix. Stewart Mountain Dam was built from 1928 to 1930 by the Salt...

Seasonal river cleanups could be a new community conservation tradition in Tucson

The Santa Cruz River may be dry but it has come alive with people who are making a seasonal river cleanup a community conservation tradition in Tucson.

Pitkin County aims to bring back beavers

Pitkin County is making beavers a top priority, funding measures that may eventually restore North America’s largest rodent to the Roaring Fork watershed.

The fun is back at Blue Mesa and other reservoirs, as heavy winter snows...

Southwestern Colorado’s Blue Mesa Reservoir, drained by years of drought and a major release of water designed to aid a plummeting Lake Powell, is experiencing a rebirth this summer.

Scientists Warned of a Salton Sea Disaster. No One Listened.

California’s Salton Sea offers a tableau of dead wildlife, toxic dust, and neglect. It was long in the making.