The Biggest Coal Power Plant in the American West Closed. What Happens with the Colorado River Water It Used?

Navajo Generating Station shut down in 2019 and is now being dismantled. The Colorado River water that cooled the plant is part of a broader legal impasse.

As Pandemic Magnifies Navajo Nation Water Deficit, Coronavirus Funding Questions Arise

Navajo Nation president and residents want to use federal Covid-19 funds on water infrastructure. Is that allowed?

Utilities Move to Break Arizona’s Coal-Water Link

The proposed halt to operations in 2019 at the West’s largest…

Marriage Of Coal And Water In Arizona Renews Vows

U.S. government moves to extend lease for coal plant that pushes…

In Drying Colorado River Basin, Indian Tribes Are Water Dealmakers

Native Americans hold 20 percent of the basin's water rights. How they use their water will shape the future of the Southwest.

The Stream, February 13: Balancing the Needs of Water Stakeholders

United States In his State of the Union address yesterday, President…

The Stream, June 4: Water Riot in India

Conflict A Hindu youth who washed himself with water meant for…

Water Rights: Arizona Senators John Kyl and John McCain Meet With Navajo Nation Leaders

Decades in the making, a Navajo-Hopi water rights settlement…

The Stream, January 3: Quake Concerns Suspend Well Operations in Ohio

Ohio has suspended operations at five deep wells used to dispose…
Shiprock, New Mexico: The Navajo Nation — which spans a 70,000-square-kilometer stretch of mesa, sand, and canyons in parts of New Mexico, Utah, and northern Arizona — is the largest and, arguably, the driest American Indian reservation in the United States.

Racing an Arizona Senator’s Retirement, Dry Navajo Nation Draws Closer to Securing More Water

The largest reservation in the U.S. has one of the nation's highest poverty rates — more than 40 percent — and very little water infrastructure. Many residents pay nearly 50 times the municipal cost for water, which instead is delivered from a tank in the back of a truck, often resulting in water-borne intestinal illnesses.

Navajo Nation Council Approves Water Rights Settlement

If signed by the U.S. Congress, the deal would give the Navajo and Hopi tribes rights to Colorado River water.

The Rising Cost of Settling the American Desert

Power plant that moves torrent of water uphill considers closing