Green power source or fish killer? As older dams around the West come up for relicensing, their owners know that they’ll have to spend heavily to fix problems, while new energy sources are getting cheaper.
In a collection of reported and personal essays, edited by the Center Media Fellow Michelle García, writers explore the origins of the American West narrative and mythology and its distorting effect on national identity and politics.
A report calls for draconian cutbacks in irrigated farmland in the Central Valley; bipartisan Natural Resources Management Act sparks debate over Alaskan lands; Indigenous representatives speak on effects of climate change; thousands of cacti stolen from public lands; and other news from around the West.
Water availability and wilderness; thunderstorms on par with volcanic eruptions; golf balls in the ocean; how a border wall could affect animals; and indigenous mapmaking. Some of the best environmental reads from the past week.