Resources

One of The Water Desk’s goals is to educate people about water issues. Whether you’re a journalist, policymaker, researcher or just an interested citizen, we’ve collected some resources to help explain the complex and sometimes contentious world of water:

Glossaries

Online glossaries, encyclopedias, dictionaries and acronyms related to water.

Books

Great books about Western water

Nonfiction books that explain water issues, especially in the American West.

Journalism

Outlets, bloggers and aggregators who cover water issues, plus examples of great water journalism.

Background Readings

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Helpful online resources for learning more about the Colorado River Basin and Western water issues.

Share your work, tips, sources and suggestions

We’re hoping to create a searchable database of water experts and sources to help journalists and others locate the right people to answer their water questions. If you’re interested in being part of this database, please contact us!

Colorado's Gunnison River. Photo: Adobe Stock
Colorado’s Gunnison River. Photo: Adobe Stock
The Water Desk’s mission is to increase the volume, depth and power of journalism connected to Western water issues. We're an initiative of the Center for Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado Boulder. The Water Desk launched in April 2019 with support from the Walton Family Foundation. We maintain a strict editorial firewall between our funders and our journalism. The Water Desk is seeking additional funding to build and sustain the initiative.