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The Central Arizona Project canal north of Tucson near Picacho Peak State Park.

Proponents of massive projects to bring water to the West argue that they could stabilize western cities for decades to come, while detractors counter the only sustainable solution is consume less water - but most of these projects are ideas from a bygone era. Read more»

One of the main Colorado River diversions running through the Colorado River Reservation in 2021.

There is a call across the country’s Western drylands as a drought response to revive a well-worn but risky tactic: building water pipelines to tap remote groundwater basins and reservoirs to feed fast-growing metropolitan areas, or to supply rural towns that lack a reliable source. Read more»

Cracked earth near Turkey Flats, in the Joshua Tree National Park.

The Southwest is in an “anthropogenic drought” created by the combination of natural water variability, climate change and human activities - and more than 7,000 miles away, Iran is grappling with water problems that are similar to the U.S. Southwest’s but more severe. Read more»