September 30, 2020

The American West is Burning

Searing temperatures, extreme winds, and widespread lightning strikes (and, in some cases – arson) have ignited  wildfires that have charred more than 7.5 million acres in the country this summer, much of it in the West. Local water managers...

September 16, 2020

Today’s wildfires are often larger and more catastrophic than in the past. Decades of fire suppression and an inability to manage forests through controlled burns, thinning, and pest/insect control play a big role in this. For example, where California once had about 4...

August 28, 2020

Western Heat Wave
Triggers Wildfires and Power Outages

Soaring temperatures, high winds and widespread lightning strikes have sparked wildfires that have burned more than 2 million acres, mostly in the western United States. The related, unusually high energy demands ac...

July 30, 2020

White House Finalizes NEPA Rule

President Donald Trump speaks on the "Rebuilding of America’s Infrastructure: Faster, Better, Stronger" in Atlanta, Georgia, on July 15, 2020. Credit: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump earlier this month announced the final r...

June 26, 2020

Western Water Infrastructure Bills Move in Congress

Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.), Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) hold a news conference to discuss the House Democrats' new infrastructure bill, "The Moving Forward Act." Photo...

The Time is Now to Invest in Western Water Infrastructure –

Let’s Do It.

By Christine Arbogast and Patrick O’Toole

The coronavirus crisis reminds those of us in the water world of the importance of the systems which sustain us.

Our water systems are among the very most imp...

Water Crisis Brewing in the Klamath Basin

Water Rally Planned for Today

As the Klamath Irrigation Project marks the 115th anniversary of its authorization, Project producers may be facing their worst water year ever, driven by a combination of poor hydrology and competi...

April 30, 2020

Battling an Invisible Enemy
Western irrigators respond to the COVID-19 pandemic

Instead of harvesting a healthy crop, crews had to disc up heads of lettuce in fields at Harris Farms, near Coalinga (CALIFORNIA). Much of the crop was destined for restaurants, but many hav...

April 19, 2020

April 20, 2020


(Washington, D.C.) – A coalition of 150 organizations representing water and agricultural interests in the western U.S. urged Congress and President Trump today to address aging Western water infrastructure as further measures are considered to help the...

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