San Juan River

water, tribes, Navajo Nation, drought, Lake Powell, Lake Mead, water rights, Biden administration, Colorado River, Supreme Court
Mar 20, 2023

Supreme Court seems split in Navajo Nation water rights case

The Supreme Court seemed split Monday as it weighed a dispute involving the federal government and the Navajo Nation's quest for water from the drought-stricken Colorado River.

Navajo Nation, Arizona, lawsuit, Colorado River
Mar 19, 2023

Supreme Court hears Navajo water rights case with potentially big impact

When the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Monday in Arizona v. Navajo Nation, it will be considering fairly technical legal questions, but the answers could have a large impact on water allocation in the Colorado River basin.

water, Navajo Nation, drought, Supreme Court, lawsuit, Colorado River, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, California
Mar 17, 2023

Feds want justices to end Navajo fight for Colorado River water

States that rely on water from the over-tapped Colorado River want the U.S. Supreme Court to block a lawsuit from the Navajo Nation that could upend how water is shared in the Western U.S.

Nov 12, 2015

Navajo Nation opens San Juan River for livestock

Livestock will again be able to use the San Juan River now that Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye says the river is safe again.

Aug 27, 2015

Investigation: EPA, state missed potential for mine blowout

Republicans say they're not satisfied with a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency claim that a 3-million-gallon toxic spill from an inactive gold mine was likely "inevitable," even though there had been prior warnings that such a spill could occur.

Aug 26, 2015

Groups to feds: Tighten mining rules in light of Animas River spill

Citing the release of millions of gallons of toxic wastewater into a southwestern Colorado river earlier this month, a coalition of conservation groups, two Arizona Native American tribes and two county governments petitioned federal agencies Tuesday to tighten mining regulation on public lands.

Aug 25, 2015

Navajo farmers reject use of water after mine spill

One of the largest communities of Navajo farmers along the San Juan River has voted to keep irrigation canals closed for at least a year following a spill of toxic sludge at a Colorado gold mine.

Aug 17, 2015

Critics of carbon regulations using mine spill to skewer EPA

Authorities say rivers tainted by last week's massive spill from an abandoned Colorado gold mine are starting to recover, but for the Environmental Protection Agency the political fallout from the disaster could linger.

Aug 13, 2015

Arizona officials watchful, hopeful as EPA spill moves downstream

Arizona officials continue to monitor a massive spill of toxic sludge that is heading toward the Colorado River, but most were hopeful Tuesday that it will have little impact by time it reaches the state.

Aug 11, 2015

Officials downstream from Colorado mine spill demand answers

Local officials in towns downstream from where millions of gallons of mine waste spilled into a southwest Colorado river are demanding answers about possible long-term threats to the water supply.