Western Showdown: Saving the Klamath

Published by Yes! Magazine May 27, 2010 How the tribes of the Klamath River stood up for the salmon—and won. by Alice Outwater It was a dramatic scene in a classic Western water war: Thousands of dead fish, washed up on the shores of the Klamath River. A move meant to help farmers—using Klamath water to […]

Warning: Water policy faces an age of limits

ESSAY by Dan McCool Change comes hard to Western water policy. The Prior Appropriation Doctrine, interstate compacts, groundwater law, the “law of the river” — all of these seem set in stone in the minds of the region’s policymakers. Of course, the West’s rivers aren’t bound by such a static existence. Indeed, they are changing […]