Water

The Dam Nobody Wants Just Won’t Go Away

The construction of dams on rivers worldwide has stopped the natural flow of sand and silt to the sea—resulting in coastal wetland loss and disappearing beaches—as well as preventing fish from reaching vital spawning grounds. But when the decision is made to remove a dam it can be remarkably challenging. Just ask the people of Ventura, California, who’ve been trying for 20 years—and are not much closer to ditching a dam that supplies no water but packs a lot of downsides—and risk.

At least 2 well-metering bills at Arizona capitol

The lack of groundwater regulations in most of Arizona, along with reports of industrial farms extracting huge amounts of water from threatened aquifers, has gotten the attention of legislators.