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

The Roaring Fork River seen here on May 24 near the Catherine Store Bridge in Carbondale. Downstream at Glenwood Springs, the river peaked for the season on May 20, early and outside the window of what’s considered normal. CREDIT: HEATHER SACKETT/ASPEN JOURNALISM

Early peak runoff for Western Slope rivers

Snowpack in Colorado is melting earlier than expected due to an increase in dust storm severity.
Paul Sanchez drives the custom guayule bailer photo

What should farmers grow in the desert?

As the Colorado River withers, a rubber company tries to persuade Arizona farmers to grow a latex-producing crop that’s adapted to arid conditions.

Photos: Roosevelt Lake and Dam, Arizona, February 2021

This page features photos of Theodore Roosevelt Lake and Theodore Roosevelt Dam, along the Salt River east of Phoenix. Roosevelt Dam, which rises 357 feet, was the first structure completed...
The white ‘bathtub ring’ around Lake Mead, shown on Jan. 11, 2022, is roughly 160 feet high and reflects falling water levels. George Rose/Getty Images

What is dead pool? A water expert explains

Lake Mead and Lake Powell could reach water levels low enough to halt hydropower production.

Photos: Agriculture in Dome Valley, Arizona

This page features photos of agriculture in the Dome Valley near Yuma, Arizona. Located in southwestern Arizona’s Yuma County, the Dome Valley is known for its winter lettuce and kale...

As drought shrinks the Colorado River, a Southern California giant seeks help from river...

Metropolitan Water District's water recycling proposal builds momentum amid increasingly dry conditions.

Arizona’s future water shock

Smaller cities. Soaring water prices. Scorched desert towns.

Unsafe yield

Severe drought, dead wells and political division push Arizona steadily closer to water supply peril.

Photos: Lyman Reservoir, Arizona, February 2021

This page features ground-based and aerial photos of Lyman Reservoir, located in Lyman Lake State Park near Springerville, Arizona. By damming the Little Colorado River—a tributary to the Colorado River...
Golf course photo

At Peak of Its Wealth and Influence, Arizona’s Desert Civilization Confronts A Reckoning Over...

Arizona’s powerful will to grow is challenged by extreme heat, deep drought, and serious water-related stress.