Drought Spreads to 93 Percent of West — That’s Never Happened

Drought Spreads to 93 Percent of West—That’s Never Happened

Photo: In an aerial view, the San Gabriel River and the exposed lakebed of the San Gabriel Reservoir are seen on June 29, 2021 in the San Gabriel Mountains near Azusa, California. Credit: Mario Tama Getty Images

The western United States is experiencing its worst drought this century, threatening to kill crops, spark wildfires and harm public health as hot and dry conditions are expected to continue this month.

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U.S. judge halts oil leases due to lack of federal study of water impacts

U.S. judge halts oil leases due to lack of federal study of water impacts

WASHINGTON, May 1 (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Friday halted nearly 300 oil and gas leases on a large section of federal land in Montana that had been approved by an agency of the Interior Department and ordered the agency to conduct a thorough environmental analysis of the impact of fracking on drinking water.

District Court Judge Brian Morris said in his ruling that the Bureau of Land Management … [more…]

The EPA can’t wait to reopen the mine that poisoned North Idaho

The EPA can't wait to reopen the mine that poisoned North Idaho

Photo: Tubbs Hill on Lake Coeur d’Alene. – Kyle Johnson for Bloomberg Businessweek

The Bunker Hill Mine deposited 75 million tons of toxic sludge in Lake Coeur d’Alene, and the lead and zinc are still flowing.

For a century, the mines of the Coeur d’Alene Mountains in North Idaho produced much of the heavy metals that made the U.S. a global superpower. Starting in the 1880s, through the rise of … [more…]

Man using technology to improve water usage in farming

Man using technology to improve water usage in farming

LIVINGSTON, Mont. (AP) — In this Sept. 19, 2017 photo, Jeff Reed holds a wireless rain sensor, which helps reduce his draw of water from the Yellowstone River, in Montana. Reed makes use of the latest technology to reduce water use and improve soil quality on his land in Paradise Valley. (Nate Howard /Livingston Enterprise via AP)

Jeff Reed has made his living in technology including serving as chief technology … [more…]

Native American tribes fight for clean water, more money — Apsaalooke Nation

Native American tribes fight for clean water and more money

John Doyle watches Apsaalooke children play in the Little Bighorn River at Crow Agency, Mont. Despite the summer heat, children have recently been warned not to swim in the river because of virulent strains of E. coli. (Lauren Kaljur/News21)

CROW AGENCY, Mont. – When John Doyle first noticed signs of trouble in the Little Bighorn River, he was still a young member of the Apsaalooke Nation in southeastern Montana. Stagnant

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