Experts cite complicated operating systems, competing government agencies, rigid guidelines and climate change
A dam’s design can affect its ability to withstand overtopping and resist failure.
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.
Here’s what reservoir managers think about during storms, and how efforts to improve forecasting may soon be able to reduce flood damage
Upper basin states seek added leverage to protect their river shares amid difficult talks with California and the lower basin
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that protection of wetlands encompasses only wetlands that adjoin rivers, lakes and other bodies of water.
The May 2023 deal staves off an immediate water crisis but does not solve long-term problems in the Colorado River Basin.
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.