As deadlines loom for the re-evaluation of western National Monuments, new hints of what is to come; the Salton Sea receives a comprehensive mitigation plan for its toxic dust and drying lakebed; Secretary Zinke’s push to expand drilling in the National Petroleum Reserve – Alaska threatens the nation’s most remote lands; the world’s largest living organism falters in Utah; and more of this week’s best stories on the West.
An array of western states brace for the possible return of contentious sage grouse politics; the smoke and ash from last month’s disastrous California fires pose both health and environmental concerns; groups of ranchers pioneer alternatives to government-subsidized coyote traps; renewed mining in the Southwest threatens to encroach on fossil-rich lands; and more of the week’s best stories on the West.
The Grand Canyon continues to face persistent threats; a new study calls attention to the energy intensity of California’s depleted oil fields; a retired forester contrasts the cooperative past of public-lands forestry with its foreign-contracting present; Wyoming struggles to balance opportunity and loss in the energy transition; and more of this week’s best reporting on the West.
With increased drought coverage from newspapers, water conservation increased in the San Francisco Bay Area during the drought that ended in 2016. That’s according to a new study from Stanford researchers that links real water consumption data with the public attention garnered by California’s recent droughts.
The Center co-founder Richard White, an American historian, analyzes the United States’ history from 1865 to 1896 and provides a fresh perspective on the time period, which was marked by rising inequality and corruption.
California’s Department of Water Resources "cannot deliver water to your local water suppliers without energy, and quite a lot of it," writes Barrett Travis. His job at the state agency this summer is to help model the feasibility of proposed hydropower projects.