Decades of climate change-driven drought, combined with the overpumping of aquifers, is making the valley desperately dry — and appears to be intensifying the levels of heavy metals in drinking water.
The state’s fixation on oil and gas development threatens the Colorado River watershed.
Five articles from The Conversation’s archive explain what’s happening and what’s at stake in the Colorado River basin’s drought crisis.
Even a deep snowpack in the West likely won't be enough to end the drought.
There’s desperation in the desert – for communities that could run out of water if the Colorado River keeps shrinking from overuse and climate change. Many are now looking...
Irrigation practices that maintained the Salton Sea have been reduced, and excess water is being transferred to coastal cities instead.
Extreme dry spells, also known as flash droughts, are becoming a big concern for farmers and water utilities.
A greenhouse in Colorado is using 95 percent less water to grow food compared to traditional agricultural practices.
Southwestern U.S. cities have embraced innovative strategies for conserving and sourcing water in a changing climate.
Population growth, agricultural withdrawals and climate change have badly diminished the river and threaten its future.