Irrigation canals line Washington’s Yakima Valley east of the Cascade Range, transforming a desert landscape into one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world – including crops for some of America’s biggest vices.
Colorado’s worsening drought is now prompting the city of Boulder to take action to protect its trees.
Many farmers in Weld County say they stand to lose millions upon millions of dollars worth of crops unless they get irrigation water — and fast.
Gov. John Hickenlooper has denied a request to let Weld County farmers temporarily pump water from irrigation wells in the South Platte River basin, as farms try to save their crops from drought.