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NATURAL RESOURCE SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT IN THE WEST

Case of the Missing Otters

Case of the Missing Otters

Mar 14, 2017

UW researchers search for answers in the Green River Basin

Brady Godwin was on the lookout for river otters.

Measuring Rain, Snow, and Hail

Measuring Rain, Snow, and Hail

Aug 30, 2016

An international volunteer network bests the fanciest technologies

The second week of September 2013, rain pummeled Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Of Ranchers and Researchers

Of Ranchers and Researchers

Aug 23, 2016

Trespassing to collect data in Wyoming is a crime

As early as 2006, employees of the environmental group Western Watersheds Project allegedly trespassed onto Wyoming ranches to gather water samples.

Tribes Tackle Drought

Tribes Tackle Drought

Aug 23, 2016

New and old approaches help the Wind River Reservation prepare for a changing climate

During the record-setting hot and dry years of 2012 and 2013, severe water shortages on the Wind River Indian Reservation turned fields to dust and forced cattle ranchers to sell their herds.

The True Value of Flood Irrigation

The True Value of Flood Irrigation

Aug 9, 2016

What’s seen as wasteful water use has hidden benefits

Ranchers today in the Upper Green River Basin say they are modern-day beavers.

The Forgotten River

The Forgotten River

Jan 19, 2016

A UW graduate student sees expedition potential in a neglected corner of the West

On May 31, 2015, a half dozen brightly colored rafts slipped past the Split Mountain take out at the bottom of Gates of Lodore

The West’s Water

The West’s Water

Dec 23, 2014

Photo Essay

Water, or perhaps the absence of water, defines the Wyoming landscape and shapes the species that live on it. Big sagebrush (Artemesia tridentata) is one species particularly well adapted to Wyoming’s arid climate.

Measuring Return Flows

Measuring Return Flows

Dec 23, 2014

This story is a sidebar to One Irrigator’s Waste is Another’s Supply: Upstream Efficiencies Mean Less Water for Downstream Users in Nebraska’s Panhandle.

As a child in northeastern Wyoming, I remember my summers as irrigation season.

Dust on Snow

Dust on Snow

Dec 23, 2014

A Dirty Mountain Snow Pack Affects Communities Downstream

This story is a sidebar to Supercomputer-Powered Model Improves Water Planning: A Hi-Resolution Hydrologic Model Peers into the Future of Western Water.

The Great Water Transfer

The Great Water Transfer

Dec 23, 2014

Diverting Water from Basin to Basin

In the summer of 1860, farmers in central Colorado found Left Hand Creek dry.[1] They started looking for replacement water.

No-Name

No-Name

Dec 23, 2014

Asking Big Questions About Hydrology in One Little Watershed

Square solar panels congregate on weathered tree stumps in a small open area in the Medicine Bow National Forest.

Beaver Dreams

Beaver Dreams

Dec 23, 2014

The Rancher Who Wished for a Beaver

“They’re really beneficial, to get the shrubs in, get the water up.”

Essay: Ba’a

Essay: Ba’a

Dec 23, 2014

Water is Life

I was fortunate to grow up on the banks of Trout Creek, one of the many streams winding its way out of the Wind River Mountains onto mile-high flatlands and eventually to the lower elevations of the Big Wind River, if you consider 4,000 to 5,000 feet to be low.

One Irrigator’s Waste is Another’s Supply

One Irrigator’s Waste is Another’s Supply

Dec 23, 2014

Upstream Efficiencies Mean Less Water For Downstream Users in Nebraska’s Panhandle

On a warm summer morning in western Nebraska, 77-year-old farmer Bob Busch stood next to a sugar beet field in a worn denim shirt

Supercomputer-Powered Model Improves Water Planning

Supercomputer-Powered Model Improves Water Planning

Dec 23, 2014

A Hi-Resolution Hydrologic Model Peers into the Future of Western Water

Inside the University of Wyoming’s 3-D visualization cave, winter is coming.

Aquifer Recharge

Aquifer Recharge

Dec 23, 2014

Underground Storage Could Help Cities Sustain Water Supplies

In 2009 Lytle Water Solutions, LLC, a geology consulting firm, constructed a small, rectangular basin in a groundwater well field outside of Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Healing Sick Rivers

Healing Sick Rivers

Dec 23, 2014

Encampment River Case Study

A front loader picks up massive boulders as if they are pebbles. A bulldozer shoves rocks into a mound. High-pitched beeps ebb and flow as the machinery works back and forth.