Climate will play a critical part in the fresh water supply in the Northwest. Hotter temperatures will likely mean less summer rainfall and more wildfires. And it could mean gradual changes to the plant and animal life in the years to come.
A new study says the nation’s aquifers are shrinking at an alarming rate. The problem is not as bad in the Northwest, thanks to an abundance of rivers and streams. But even here, aquifers are in decline.
Southwest Idaho officials say they will not use local law resources to enforce on-water regulations that might be enacted by federal authorities on Lake Lowell at the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge.
Conservationists say groundwater used to irrigate Washington State University’s golf course is draining the region’s aquifer. Their legal challenge case could change how cities and towns manage water for future development.
A Southern Oregon man was sentenced Monday in Medford to 90 days in jail for keeping three illegal ponds on property he controls.
BOISE, Idaho -- Idaho has a new water plan -- the first update since 1996 to the state’s principles for how water in streams, lakes and aquifers should be divided among users and how it should be conserved for fish and wildlife. The new plan goes into effect Friday. But not everyone is happy about it.
Cloud seeding has been around for decades. It started out as a way to make rain for growing crops. But these days in the Mountain West, it’s used as a way to make more snow.
Sixty-four toilets were swapped out of a Rainier Valley retail plaza this week as part of a push to bring water conservation to small, ethnically owned businesses.
The Washington Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday that will decide how much control environmental regulators have over pollution that runs off people’s land and into streams.
Researchers at Washington State University are hoping to make some economic and social predictions about climate change.
This week find out who's the greener of the Washington gubernatorial candidates. We've also got the latest on fracking in Idaho, threats to the Roadless Rule - and the next installment in our series [Clean Water: The Next Act](/clean-water "Clean Water: The Next Act"). We'll introduce you to one small-town mayor who's taking care of some dirty business.
Bumping Lake cabin owners say expanding the reservoir would do more environmental harm than good.
A plan to manage the Yakima Basin’s water is not sitting well with some cabin owners. The water plan aims to enlarge central Washington’s Bumping Lake. That would flood a small, shoreline community.
How do you feel about the quality of air and water in the Northwest? EarthFix commissioned a survey this summer to find out what Northwest residents think. Take our reader poll -- we want to hear from you, too.
Two major water conferences brought hundreds of people to Portland this week to seek solutions to water pollution. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson addressed the 2012 River Rally. And many EPA and state and local water experts gathered to discuss the technical and policy issues of monitoring the country's waters.
In Southern Oregon’s Klamath Basin, farmers are preparing their fields for new crops of potatoes, mint and onions. Last week, local officials declared a drought in Klamath County. But then snow piled up in the Cascade Mountains, bringing hope to at least one southern Oregon farmer about the growing season.
In the Northwest, state legislatures will be asked to vote on several environmental issues. Oregon lawmakers will look at expanding marine reserves off the coast. The Washington Legislature is considering a ban on cancer-causing agents in children’s products. In Boise, state lawmakers will pursue a land swap with the federal government to expand logging in northern Idaho.