Electric utilities are seeking a new power mix, as shifts in precipitation diminish the role that dams have long played for western states. The fifth article in a series on solving water challenges in the American West.
A report by the Center's 2016 media fellow Zack Colman of the Christian Science Monitor.
Safety concerns at the Oroville Dam center on engineering and maintenance. But dams also face new challenges in managing water in an era when rains can be heavier, and less precipitation is falling as snow.
While water is an increasingly scarce resource, most existing methods to allocate it are neither economically nor environmentally efficient. In these circumstances, water markets offer developed countries a form of regulatory response capable of overcoming many of the shortcomings of current water management.
Most people think of dangerous levels of ozone gas occurring in traffic congested cities like Los Angeles, so it’s a surprise to find high concentrations of it in pristine areas of the American West. But it’s happening. Two basins that lie along the Green River in the intermountain West have some of the worst ozone pollution in the nation. Reported and written by John McChesney. Edited by Ariana Reguzzoni and Geoff McGhee for the Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University.
High energy prices have made advanced drilling technologies profitable, pushing drillbits into parts of the West once believed tapped out, and into new places once thought inaccessible. A look at three communities in North Dakota and Wyoming who find themselves at different stages of an energy boom.