When the Colorado River Runs Dry

A Coachella Valley Farmer Reflects on the Water Source He, His Date Palms, and People and Animals Across California Rely On

Even as she was going blind, my mom, ever the poet, delighted in sitting out among the palms and birds, and enjoying and visualizing the scene, as I irrigated my date gardens in the Coachella Valley of California.

In her 1997 poem, “Colorado Water,” she wrote:

The palm said, “My clover is cool around my bole, over my hidden roots.
My fronds clatter, crash
like waves in the far off sea.”

I follow the tradition of thousands of years, of date palm growers diverting the waters of the Nile, the Tigris and Euphrates …

Arizona Republic Reporter Shaun McKinnon

Like Thousand Island Dressing, He’s Kind of All Over the Place

Shaun McKinnon is a reporter for The Arizona Republic who is currently part of the newspaper’s storytelling team, and has covered water, climate, and environmental issues. Before moderating a discussion …

The Nature Conservancy’s Taylor Hawes

Taylor Hawes directs the Colorado River program at the Nature Conservancy. Before participating in a panel on the river’s future, she talked about her fondness for gluten-free cookies, cheese, and …

Geologist Doyle Wilson

He Loves Limestone (and Hates Wasting Water)

Geologist Doyle Wilson has worked for Lake Havasu City for almost 10 years as water resources coordinator. He also teaches part time at ASU Colleges at Lake Havasu. Before participating …

Whose Colorado River Is It?

Dividing Up a Single Water Source Among 30 Million People—and Leaving Some for Nature—Is a Tricky Business

Over 30 million people rely on the Colorado River for water—for purposes ranging from drinking to agriculture to power plants. But scientists predict that the river isn’t going to produce …

Can Cash and Cooperation Save the Colorado River?

How Businesses, Governments, and Conservationists Can Get Water Flowing Again Throughout the Southwest

In the Southwest, even a place like Las Vegas’ Caesars Palace relies on the Colorado River, which is responsible for $1.4 trillion in annual economic activity across the region. After …