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Why Gruet Partnered with a Native American Tribe to Grow Grapes

Turning out 275,000 cases of wine annually can be a challenge in New Mexico, where the iconic sparkling wine producer Gruet is located. The winery’s méthode Champenoise wines—priced attractively—are winners by the glass at on-premise venues and attract house-label contracts from clients like Total Wine & More, Whole Foods Market, BevMo!, and the ALDI supermarket chain, necessitating nonstop bottling throughout the year to keep up with the pace of sales.

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9/16/2019

article Neskantaga First Nation evacuations continue as community awaits new water pump
(Ontario) -- More than 100 residents of Neskantaga First Nation in northwestern Ontario have been flown out of the community over health concerns brought on by last week...

9/14/2019

article Alaska villages run dry and residents worry 'if this is our future of no water'
(Alaska) -- Residents are desperately trying to conserve water in the Native village of Nanwalek, located on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula south of Anchorage. The village...
article Neskantaga First Nation issues state of emergency after evacuation request denied
(Ontario) -- The Neskantaga First Nation issued a state of emergency on Saturday after it said a request for emergency evacuations due to broken down water...

9/11/2019

article A year after a dam was removed, this river near Anchorage is still waiting for water
(Alaska) -- Last summer, a conservation group teamed up with an Anchorage-area Native tribe to finish removing a defunct dam on the Eklutna River, northeast of the city...
article Round Valley Tribes join two-basin solution effort for Potter Valley Project
(California) -- The Round Valley Indian Tribes announced this week that they have signed an agreement to join with users of both the Eel River and Russian River to seek...
article Southern Ute Indian Tribe expands emergency water storage
(Utah) -- The Southern Ute Indian Tribe broke ground on a new settling pond Wednesday south of Bayfield to expand emergency capacity for the region’s water system.

9/10/2019

article Former water operator from Carry Kettle Nakoda Nation receives 2019 National First Nations Water
(Canada) -- First Nations people and organizations are leading efforts to ensure their communities enjoy the same access to safe, clean and reliable drinking water that...
article Waterfront Center site spiritually purified in Native American ceremony
(Washington) -- A ritual Native American blessing and purification ceremony was conducted in front of an estimated 25 attendees at the Edmonds Waterfront Center...

9/6/2019

article Reclamation awards $3.4 million to 19 tribes for technical assistance in water development
(Washington D.C.) -- The Bureau of Reclamation is awarding $3.4 million to 19 tribes across the western United States for technical assistance as they develop, manage,...

9/4/2019

article Being Frank: Tribes outraged by EPA move to roll back improved water quality standards
(Washington) -- Treaty Indian tribes in western Washington state are outraged that the Environmental Protection Agency is advancing the agenda of a small group of...

8/30/2019

article Indigenous people need a say on water rights, U.N. rapporteur urges
(Worldwide) -- Indigenous peoples from the Amazon to the Arctic are being left out of the global conversation on water property rights, a United Nations' indigenous...

8/29/2019

article Chignik Lagoon is without any stored water
(Alaska) -- Chignik Lagoon is in the midst of a water shortage. The community’s 150 residents have been on a boil water notice since July 2. As of Aug. 22, they...
article Nanwalek is rapidly running out of water
(Alaska) -- Nanwalek is rapidly running out of water. Low snowpack and little rainfall has led the Kenai Peninsula village to declare a water emergency. The...

8/28/2019

article High levels of arsenic in Thermal mobile home park's drinking water prompt federal response
(California) -- A mobile home park on the Torres Martinez Indian Reservation in Thermal had elevated levels of arsenic in the water system, prompting the U.S....

8/23/2019

article Water shortage looms in Chignik Lagoon
(Alaska) -- Chignik Lagoon is in the midst of a water shortage. The community’s 150 residents have been on a boil water notice since July 2. As of yesterday, they...

8/19/2019

article Southern Utes approve hefty rate increase for water, wastewater users
(Colorado) -- The Southern Ute Indian Tribe Utilities Division will raise water and wastewater rates by more than 90% and 50%, respectively, starting Oct. 1. The...

8/14/2019

article Monacan tribe pushes against Fluvanna water project
(Virginia) -- Monacan Indian Nation members and their supporters spoke out Tuesday against a planned water project in Fluvanna County. Point of Fork, also known as...

8/10/2019

article Being Frank: Tribes Outraged by EPA Move to Roll Back Improved Water Quality Standards
(Washington) -- Treaty Indian tribes in Western Washington are outraged that the Environmental Protection Agency is advancing the agenda of a small group of industrial...
article Washington State Governor Inslee, AG Ferguson blast EPA assault on states’ clean water authority
(Washington) -- Washington State Governor Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson today released a joint statement on the Environmental Protection Agency’s...

8/7/2019

article OP/ED: Shame on EPA for changing law that keeps our waters clean
(Washington) -- Treaty Indian tribes in Western Washington are outraged that the Environmental Protection Agency is advancing the agenda of a small group of industrial...

8/6/2019

article Where Americans Lack Running Water, Mapped
(USA) -- Across the United States, more than 460,000 households, or nearly 1.5 million people, lack a plumbed connection to drinking water or sewers. And the figures are...

8/5/2019

article Tribe, Fishing Groups Sue Over Klamath River Water Allocations
(Oregon) -- Fishing groups and tribes have filed a lawsuit challenging new endangered species protection guidelines for the Klamath River. The suit targets the...

8/3/2019

article Tribe, Fishing Groups Sue Over Klamath River Water Allocations
(Oregon) -- Fishing groups and tribes have filed a lawsuit challenging new endangered species protection guidelines for the Klamath River. The suit targets the...

8/1/2019

article BLOG: California Protects its Deserts from Greedy Water Grabs
(California) -- A water mining company’s plan to suck 16 billion gallons of groundwater every year for the next 50 years has been placed on hold by state leaders....

7/30/2019

article EPA withdraws protections for Bristol Bay
(Alaska) -- Today the Trump administration’s EPA announced it would withdraw Obama-era proposed Clean Water Act protections for Bristol Bay. The decision comes at...

7/25/2019

article Groups announce permanent conservation of 879 acres in Eel River watershed
(California) -- The Mendocino Land Trust and the Potter Valley Tribe, in partnership with Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and the Pacific Forest and Watershed Lands...

7/23/2019

article O'Regan pledges to work with Eabametoong on water crisis
(Ontario) -- Canadian Indigenous Services Minister Seamus O'Regan says he hopes to speak to leadership of Eabametoong First Nation soon, so the federal government...

7/22/2019

article Tribes Say They’ve Been Left Out of the Process on Potter Valley Project, but Congressman Huffman Begs to Differ
(California) -- A group of Eel River-adjacent Native American tribes issued a press release Friday saying they’ve been denied a seat at the table as regional...

7/21/2019

article Recent UA study confirms groundwater pumping is drying up Arizona rivers'
(Arizona) -- Groundwater pumping has caused stream flow in U.S. rivers to decline by as much as half over the last century, according to new research by a University of...

7/17/2019

article Apache tribe could complicate Gila diversion plans
(Arizona) -- The Gila River winds through many lands before and after it enters Arizona, including the territory of some Native American tribes that historically have...

7/15/2019

article Another Ontario First Nation declares a state of emergency over water
(Ontario) -- Another fly-in First Nation in Ontario has declared a state of emergency over of its water quality. Eabametoong First Nation, an Ojibway community that sits...

7/9/2019

article Attawapiskat declares state of emergency over water quality
(Ontario) -- The Attawapiskat band council in northern Ontario has declared a state of emergency after tests showed tap water had potentially harmful levels of...

7/8/2019

article How activists are using art and science to address Michigan's water problems
(Michigan) -- Jannan Cornstalk is a water advocate and a member of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians in northern Michigan. About four years ago, when she...

7/1/2019

article Navajo, Hualapai water-rights bills get warm reception in House hearing
(Washington D.C.) -- Tribal leaders urged House lawmakers Wednesday to support a handful of bills that would guarantee water to their tribes in Arizona, Utah and New...

6/30/2019

article Seven ways tribes are repairing the Salish Sea and Washington waterways
(Washington) -- Tribal nations in Washington state are facing environmental challenges ranging from protecting wildlife habitats and waterways to protecting the...

6/27/2019

article U.S. tribes are being left out of talks over the Columbia River's fate. Why?
(Washington) -- All the water that flows through the Columbia River and its heavily dammed tributaries originates from a watershed the size of France, one that stretches...

6/26/2019

article Navajo, Hualapai water-rights bills get warm reception in House hearing
(Washington D.C.) -- Tribal leaders urged House lawmakers Wednesday to support a handful of bills that would guarantee water to their tribes in Arizona, Utah and New...

6/22/2019

article Native American Water Walker Blesses Cuyahoga River
(Ohio) -- This week for the 50th anniversary of the Cuyahoga River fire, Native American Sharon Day led an ancient, ceremonial river walk.Along with a small group of...

6/21/2019

article Tribe seeks to set its own water standards
(Michigan) -- The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, on the shores of one of the world’s largest freshwater lakes, is petitioning the federal government to hand it...

6/16/2019

article Governor's bill aims to protect tribal fishing rights
(Maine) -- Maine lawmakers have sent Democratic Gov. Janet Mills a bill she introduced aiming to protect fishing rights for tribes. The bill gives Maine until March 2020...

6/7/2019

article Washington AG files suit to stop EPA from rolling back state's water protections
(Washington) -- Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson has filed a lawsuit to block the Trump administration from rolling back state water quality pollution...

6/6/2019

article California Court Finds Tribe Lacks Standing to Quantify Reserved Water Right
(California) -- The Central District of California in the second phase of Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians v. Coachella Valley Water District et. al. issued a...

6/3/2019

article In Los Angeles 'water colony', tribes fear a parched future
(California) -- When the first white settlers arrived in California's remote eastern Owens Valley, the name given to its indigenous tribes was Paiute, or "land...
article California Court Finds Tribe Lacks Standing to Quantify Reserved Water Right
(California) -- The Central District of California in the second phase of Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians v. Coachella Valley Water District et. al. issued a...
article Running Dry: Competing for water on a thirsty planet
(Worldwide) -- In India’s ‘Silicon Valley’ tech hub of Bangalore, where gleaming office complexes and apartment blocks have sprouted faster than the...
article Rapid City-area credit unions gather water for Pine Ridge residents
(South Dakota) -- Rapid City-area credit unions joined the response to help flood victims on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation earlier this spring. A news release from...

5/31/2019

article Unfulfilled promise: $488 million water project incomplete for tribes
(South Dakota) -- Up until late last year, Ella Coleman, a diminutive, soft-spoken Oglala Sioux grandmother who lives in one of the hundreds of mobile homes on the semi-...

5/29/2019

article Escondido, tribe reach agreement on easement for water pipeline
(California) -- A plan to underground about 2.5 miles of the Escondido Canal through and near the San Pasqual Indian reservation has moved forward with an agreement...
article Janet Mills hopes to end federal lawsuit by tightening water quality standards around tribal lands
(Maine) -- The administration of Gov. Janet Mills is backing a solution to a long-standing legal conflict between Maine’s federally recognized tribes and the state...
article Mills, tribes take step toward ending years-long dispute over sustenance fishing
(Maine) -- The Mills administration and leaders of Maine’s Native American tribes are hoping to set aside long-standing legal disputes over sustenance fishing...
article New Bill Would Tighten Water Quality Standards Around Tribal Lands
(Maine) -- Democratic Gov. Janet Mills is attempting to establish new water quality protections to allow sustenance fishing by Maine's Native American tribes. The...

5/24/2019

article Nevada lawmakers poised to dump water bill over Las Vegas pipeline fears
(Nevada) -- A proposal to make water rights applications easier to manage won’t survive the Nevada Legislature – at least not this year. That’s because...

5/23/2019

article Nevada ranchers, environmentalists and American Indians warn of urban water grab at Legislature
(Nevada) -- Nevada ranchers, environmental groups and American Indian tribes are sounding the alarm over legislation they say could drain the water supply from rural...
article Native mayoral candidate proud to be a water protector
(South Dakota) -- Mayoral and city council candidates who are invited to a forum on water issues May 28 told the Native Sun News Today the main threat they see to a safe...

5/20/2019

article CHAIRMAN: STEELE: AB30 threatens tribal heritage and sacred sites
(Nevada) -- Lawmakers have a big decision to make this week on water policy. Will they pass a bill that could make it substantially easier to siphon water away from...

5/13/2019

article Stopping Cadiz’s Trumped-up scheme to plunder the desert
(California) -- For many Angelenos, the Mojave Desert, its wildlife, and tranquility offer a retreat and a welcome escape from the urban fray. But this fragile ecosystem...

5/11/2019

article Hundreds of Winnipeg walkers call for clean drinking water on First Nations
(Winnipeg) -- Over a thousand people poured into the streets of downtown Winnipeg Friday to bring attention to the dozens of First Nations across Canada currently under...

5/7/2019

article Arsenic found in water consumed by tens of thousands of Americans
(USA) -- Drinking water contaminated with arsenic could change the structure of the heart, a new study says. Past studies have found that the public water supply in...

5/3/2019

article Red Cross flying water into Shamattawa after treatment plant failure
(Manitoba) -- Bottled water is being flown in to supply the remote northern community of Shamattawa First Nation after a failure at the water treatment plant. The Red...

4/30/2019

article OP/ED: Montanans Work Together To Protect Our Waters
(Montana) -- Montanans know how precious water is. It's essential for fish and wildlife, boating and angling, irrigating, drinking and creating much of our...
article Snake River Dam Removal: Idaho Congressman Makes the Case to Save Salmon
(Idaho) -- Growing up in Idaho, every service station and sporting goods store had a bulletin board featuring photos of local anglers grinning over enormous steelhead...

4/26/2019

article After 3 years, federal bill to fix Columbia River tribal fishing sites could become law
(Oregon) -- About three years after Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer visited Lone Pine, there might finally be movement to fix the decrepit conditions there, where Columbia...
article Non-band residents choose to leave rather than pay $50K to stay on Semiahmoo reserve
(British Columbia) -- For nearly three decades, Naomi Mitchell has heated her home with firewood, hauling chopped logs from outside to her wood stove. At nearly 80-years...

4/24/2019

article Warm Springs lifts second boil-water notice
(Oregon) -- A day-old boil water notice was lifted Wednesday on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, as water treatment plant officials said they resolved high turbidity...

4/21/2019

article Klamath Tribes at water coalition talks
(Oregon) -- The Klamath Tribes recently participated in the Coalition of the Willing group meeting in March, and plan to attend the next meeting Wednesday in Medford....

4/20/2019

article River groups accuse Nevada Irrigation District of trying to circumvent federal law
(California) -- Local river protection groups and a state regulatory board are protesting what they characterize as an attempt by Nevada Irrigation District to...

4/19/2019

article California and the West prepare to get by on less water from the Colorado River
(California) -- A century of water management in the western United States is on the verge of being restructured and two UC Berkeley water experts approve. Under a plan...

4/17/2019

article Arizona Tribes Accept Cuts to Water Allocation from Lake Powell
(Arizona) -- For decades, the tribal population of Arizona has been involved in agriculture, and as everyone knows, large scale agriculture requires massive quantities...
article Chemehuevi tribe sued by Havasu Water Company (sub req)
(California) -- A federal suit was filed against the Chemehuevi Indian Tribe this month by California-based Havasu Water Co.

4/15/2019

article Experts say Arizona tribes’ role in drought negotiations marks turning point for inclusion
(Arizona) -- Sprouting through the cracked floor of the Sonoran Desert, tepary beans thrive in the dry heat and carry with it centuries of resilience from the indigenous...

4/14/2019

article Tribes, conservation groups cry foul after Trump administration signals rollback of Spokane River quality standards
(Washington) -- State regulators, local Native American tribes and environmental groups are crying foul after an apparent attempt this week by the Trump administration...

4/10/2019

article Lawmakers changed Nevada water bill to allay threat of pipeline to Las Vegas
(Nevada) -- Language that could have made it easier to clear the way to pipe water from rural Nevada to Las Vegas is no longer included in a pending state water bill....
article Tribes Want Ecological Concerns Prioritized In Columbia River Treaty Negotiations
(Montana) -- U.S. and Canadian officials are holding closed door meetings Wednesday and Thursday in British Columbia on the Columbia River Treaty. Tribes across the...

4/9/2019

article Ute tribe may be interested in Wolf Creek water storage
(Colorado) -- The Rio Blanco Water Conservancy District (RBWCD) Board of Directors met on Wednesday, March 27 at 6 p.m. In attendance were Alden Vanden Brink, Wade Cox,...

4/8/2019

article Tribal leaders urge House to extend funding for water settlements
(Washington D.C.) -- Tohono O’odham Chairman Edward D. Manuel testified Thursday that lack of water has been killing crops and livestock – and, essentially,...
article US Congress approves Colorado River drought plan
(Washington D.C.) -- A plan to address a shrinking supply of water on a river that serves 40 million people in the U.S. West is headed to President Donald Trump. The U.S...
article "Sacred Waters" explores bid for new Central Coast marine sanctuary
(California) -- On the April 8, 2019 episode of Issues & Ideas, we heard the audio to a recent documentary entitled “Sacred Waters.” Created by filmmaker...

4/7/2019

article Cronkite News: Indian Country leaders support permanent water settlement fund
(Arizona) -- Tohono O’odham Chairman Edward D. Manuel testified Thursday that lack of water has been killing crops and livestock – and, essentially, the...

4/5/2019

article Indian Country leaders support permanent water settlement fund
(Washington D.C.) -- Tohono O’odham Chairman Edward D. Manuel testified Thursday that lack of water has been killing crops and livestock – and, essentially,...

3/29/2019

article Delaware North Splits With Miomni Over WV Sports Betting Dispute
(West Virginia) -- Delaware North is prepared to take the ultimate step to restore its sports betting operation in West Virginia. The owner of Wheeling Island and Mardi...

3/24/2019

article Liberals’ water pledges ring hollow for some B.C. First Nations still without drinking water
(British Columbia) -- The elected leader of a remote First Nation in B.C. which has been under a boil-water order for 18 years says he’s confident his community...

3/21/2019

article Kalispell Meeting Furthers Columbia River Treaty Negotiations
(Montana) -- More than 200 people Wednesday night came to a U.S. State Department-hosted town hall meeting in Kalispell meant to inform federal negotiations that could...
article Breaching Snake River dams could save salmon and orcas, but destroy livelihoods
(Washington) -- The growing Snake River Dam people’s self-defense movement has no written public-relations manual containing a list of cardinal sins. If it did, a new...

3/20/2019

article With treaty set to expire, will there be rough waters ahead?
(Washington) -- The way dams and storage reservoirs on the Columbia River and its tributaries are managed could change dramatically in a short five years if negotiators...

3/17/2019

article Guaranteed supply of clean, safe water puts better future on tap for Enoch Cree Nation
(Edmonton) -- Someday when his daughter is old enough, Marcus Morin will take her with him to work. She might first notice the sound of the pumps, a constant whirring...
article Columbia River Treaty: What's at stake during negotiation
(Idaho) -- The way dams and storage reservoirs on the Columbia River and its tributaries are managed could change dramatically in a short five years if negotiators from...

3/16/2019

article Tsilhqot’in gather sacred water from Teztan Biny for Vancouver World Water Day event
(British Columbia) -- Fresh sacred water collected from Teztan Biny (Fish Lake) will be used at a gathering outside the B.C. Court of Appeal in Vancouver on World Water...
article Ohop Valley creek restoration project aims to revitalize its original water flow
(Washington) -- George Walter, Environmental Program Supervisor for the Nisqually Indian Tribe, conducts a March 14th tour of the Ohop Valley and the ongoing restoration...

3/13/2019

article OP/ED: It’s raining lawsuits
(Arizona) -- Another battle over water in the desert — who’da thunk it? While Greenlee County farmers and ranchers battle with the state over the drought...

3/10/2019

article With treaty set to expire, will there be rough sailing ahead?
(Idaho) -- The way dams and storage reservoirs on the Columbia River and its tributaries are managed could change dramatically in a short five years if negotiators from...

3/4/2019

article What’s Up With Water – Mexico, approved exploratory fracking wells in pursuit of energy independence.
(Mexico) -- There are increasing quantities of antibiotics and other medicines in rivers and lakes worldwide. That’s according to a study led by Radboud University...

2/28/2019

article Banking on Drought: Private Companies See Profits in Southwest Water Shortages
(California) -- Last October, Dorothy Timian-Palmer was frustrated. Over the course of two decades, Vidler Water Company, where she is CEO, had spent nearly $100 million...

2/26/2019

article Long dispute over Sardis Lake water rights settled
(Oklahoma) -- The city has signed off on an agreement with the Choctaw Nation, Chickasaw Nation and state government to settle water rights over Sardis Lake, officials...

2/19/2019

article Arizona House Speaker Bowers Puts Controversial Water Bill On 'Hold'
(Arizona) -- Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers (R-Mesa) on Tuesday said he would not advance his repeal of Arizona’s water forfeiture law. The bill has led the...
article Arizona lawmaker withdraws bill that angered tribe, imperiled drought contingency plan
(Arizona) -- House Speaker Rusty Bowers on Tuesday withdrew his bill that would repeal state laws on when farmers forfeit their water rights — legislation that the...
article Showdown over water bill averted, clearing way for Arizona to finish Colorado River deal
(Arizona) -- Proposed water legislation that might have upended Arizona’s Colorado River drought plan was set aside by a leading Republican lawmaker following a...

2/16/2019

article Arizona lawmaker accused of endangering drought plan
(Arizona) -- Top Arizona Democrats on Friday accused the Republican House speaker of risking the collapse of a drought plan for the Colorado River by pushing legislation...
article Dispute puts Arizona's Colorado River drought deal ‘in serious jeopardy’
(Arizona) -- Just when it looked like Arizona was close to wrapping up a Colorado River drought plan, a dispute that has the potential to derail the deal has flared up....

2/15/2019

article Bowers forges ahead with water bill that could torpedo drought plan
(Arizona) -- House Speaker Rusty Bowers is blowing off a threat by the Gila River Indian Community to pull out of the drought contingency plan − and deny the state...
article The Latest: Tribe says water bill based on misinformation
(Arizona) -- An attorney for the Gila River Indian Community says a powerful state lawmaker's push to change Arizona water law is based on misinformation and the...

2/12/2019

article Activist speaks about Water is Life Movement
(North Dakota) -- Sharing her personal experiences with the 2016 Standing Rock protests, Jennifer Weston discussed the evolution of the Water is Life movement, which...

2/5/2019

article Bureau of Reclamation: two states must finish Colorado River drought plan
(Arizona) -- Two states in the U.S. West have work to do on a plan to combat the shrinking supply of Colorado River water that 40 million people depend on but that's...
article OP/ED: Water craziness not helping
(Montana) -- The Bullock administration and Montana legislators have one more chance to protect the waters of the Flathead Basin and ensure their availability for future...
article LETTER: Media gloss over Mills’ attacks on tribal sovereignty, water rights
(Oregon) -- The Portland Press Herald has shown little depth in covering the taking of tribal water rights and sovereignty by the state of Maine. It’s frustrating...

1/31/2019

article Ottawa to examine First Nation's water system after residents voice concerns
(Ottawa) -- The federal government says it will look into what it would take to improve the water and sewer system in Garden Hill First Nation in Northern Manitoba...

1/30/2019

article With Water Leasing Vote, Colorado River Indian Tribes Will Seek Consequential Legal Change
(Arizona) -- Having gained an endorsement from its members, a tribe with one of the largest and most secure claims to water in the Colorado River basin will seek...

1/29/2019

article Drought contingency plan for Southwest on hold?
(Arizona) -- The Gila River Indian Community is threatening to blow up the drought contingency plan because of efforts it says will undermine its claim to water rights....

1/28/2019

article D.C. Circuit Holds that States Cannot Use Section 401 Authority to Delay Hydropower Relicensing
(California) -- On January 25, 2019, in Hoopa Valley Tribe v. FERC, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (D.C. Circuit) concluded that a Federal Energy...
article Hoopa Valley Tribe wins lawsuit against feds
(California) -- A federal court of appeals ruled Friday that PacifiCorp, which currently owns and operates several dams along the Klamath River, can no longer continue...

1/16/2019

article 'Essential to our way of living': N.W.T. woman launches Water is Life photo project
(North Canada) -- In the middle of the Detah ice road outside Yellowknife, Jaylene Delorme-Buggins and Tyra Moses realize they're going to need to pull a U-turn....

1/9/2019

article This First Nation produces clean water. So why are so many residents afraid to drink it?
(Manitoba) -- As the assistant operator at the water treatment plant in Garden Hill First Nation in northern Manitoba, it was Andrew Flett's job to ensure there was...

12/22/2018

article DNRC, Tribes Condemn Alternative Water Compact
(Montana) -- A proposed alternative to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ hard-won water compact has drawn the ire of tribal leaders and the head of the...

12/20/2018

article Why Gruet Partnered with a Native American Tribe to Grow Grapes
(New Mexico) -- Turning out 275,000 cases of wine annually can be a challenge in New Mexico, where the iconic sparkling wine producer Gruet is located. The winery’...

12/18/2018

article Fear And Grieving in Las Vegas: Colorado River Managers Struggle With Water Scarcity
(Las Vegas) -- On stage in a conference room at Las Vegas’s Caesars Palace, Keith Moses said coming to terms with the limits of the Colorado River is like losing a...

12/17/2018

article Local Tribal Communities To Help On Colorado River Drought Deal
(Arizona) -- Leaders from the Cocopah and Colorado River Indian Tribes in Yuma and La Paz counties met last week with water leaders from the seven states along the...

12/15/2018

article After 14 years, Middle River celebrates official end to boil water advisory
(British Columbia) -- In front of a new water treatment plant, a group of Tl'azt'en First Nation members stand together alongside consultants, academics and an...

12/12/2018

article Colorado River drought plan gets CAP support; heading to Arizona lawmakers
(Arizona) -- A $135 million plan to keep Lake Mead from falling too low appears headed to the Arizona Legislature after getting unanimous support from the board...

12/10/2018

article Trump Prepares to Unveil a Vast Reworking of Clean Water Protections
(Washington D.C.) -- The Trump administration is expected on Tuesday to unveil a plan that would weaken federal clean water rules designed to protect millions of acres...
article 7 States That Rely on Drought-Striken Colorado River Consider Water Shortage Plan
(USA) -- After nearly two decades of drought, officials from seven Southwestern U.S. states that depend on water from the Colorado River were expected to sign a...

12/9/2018

article US states to meet at deadline on Colorado River drought plan
(Las Vegas) -- With drought entering a second decade and reservoirs continuing to shrink, seven Southwestern U.S. states that depend on the overtaxed Colorado River for...

12/7/2018

article Maine tribe pushes in court to retain strict water quality standards
(Maine) -- A Maine tribal nation is fighting a federal judge’s move to allow the Environmental Protection Agency to rework strict water quality standards the Obama...

12/3/2018

article On his way out the door, Jerry Brown helps Big Agriculture steal more water
(California) -- In a move that drew harsh criticism from fishing and environmental groups, California Governor Jerry Brown announced Friday that he backs the...

11/27/2018

article Tribes play key role in water wars
(Arizona) -- A slow-moving crisis caused by an impending shortage of water on the Colorado River could eventually lower water bills in Payson.The Tonto Apache Tribe has...

11/15/2018

article Final ‘Nations’ talk to focus on water
(Montana) -- Water rights in the Bighorn Basin have long been a contentious issue for the many stakeholders. Nobody is more acutely aware of that than the Eastern...

11/12/2018

article Tribe offers State of Arizona fallow deal worth $37.5m
(Arizona) -- The Colorado River Indian Tribes (CRIT) has offered the State of Arizona a deal in which they would agree to fallow enough land to save a total of 150,000...
article Western Arizona Tribe: We Can Help With Drought Plan
(Arizona) -- A Native American tribe in western Arizona is offering the state water to help shore up Lake Mead. It would be 50,000 acre-feet of water each year for three...

11/11/2018

article Pavillion water woes continue
(Wyoming) -- Three scientists say groundwater pollution in Pavillion is likely caused by gas seeping from inadequately lined gas wells, a porous geology and the dumping...

11/7/2018

article BRC Awards $44M Contract for Bull Lake Dam Project
(Wyoming) -- The Bureau of Reclamation awarded a $446 million contract on Sept. 20, 2018 to Malcolm International LLC, of Rancho Cordova, Calif., for construction...

11/5/2018

article As Shortages Loom in the Colorado River Basin, Indian Tribes Seek to Secure Their Water Rights
(Arizona) -- As the Colorado River Basin becomes drier and shortage conditions loom, one great variable remains: How much of the river’s water belongs to Native...

10/31/2018

article Impasse Over Who Loses Water, and How Much, Could Sink Arizona Drought Planning
(Arizona) -- The "who's who" of Arizona's water community have been hashing out a plan to protect the state's water future since last summer. The...

10/30/2018

article Maine tribes are skeptical of federal move to revisit river water standards
(Maine) -- A pair of American Indian tribes in Maine aired in court Tuesday their concern that the Environmental Protection Agency will change water quality standards on...

10/26/2018

article Arizona Drought Talks Stumble Over Proposed Water Cuts to Indian Communities
(Arizona) -- Drought negotiations in Arizona hit a snag this week over the fairness of proposals that an Indian community says would cut water to tribes while boosting...
article Seattle caught between tribal rights and protecting its water supply
(Washington) -- By early fall, Chester Morse Lake is barely visible from the top of Rattlesnake Ledge. As the snowmelt runs dry, the lake recedes deeper into the Cedar...
article Indigenous Waters Are Still Vulnerable, And Ontario Needs To Step Up
(Ontario) -- The North French River in the Moose Cree homeland is an area of great cultural and environmental significance to the Moose Cree people and to Canadians....

10/25/2018

article Arizona cancels water meeting amid difficult negotiations on Colorado River deal
(Arizona) -- With a deadline approaching for Arizona to finish a deal that would divvy up cutbacks in Colorado River water deliveries, the state’s cities, tribes...

10/18/2018

article Flathead Basin Commission gets an overview of the CSKT Water Rights Compact
(Montana) -- The process for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Federal Reserved Water Rights Compact has seemed to flow like molasses exposed to a harsh Hi-...

10/15/2018

article Orca survival may be impossible without Lower Snake River dam removal, scientists say
(Washington) -- Leading killer-whale scientists and researchers are calling for removal of four dams on the Lower Snake River and a boost of water over the dams to save...

10/12/2018

article Trial Under Way In Long-Running Northern Arizona Water Case
(Arizona) -- A trial over water rights is under way in one of the longest-running court cases in Arizona history. The case will determine who has rights to water from...

9/29/2018

article With water shortage looming, Arizona officials look to reach Colorado River drought deal
(Arizona) -- With reservoir levels falling along the Colorado River, Arizona’s top water officials say they are making progress in talks toward a set of agreements...

9/25/2018

article Yurok Tribe, Watershed Center implement Heli-Wood Project on South Fork Trinity River (sub req)
(California) -- The Yurok Tribe and the Watershed Research and Training Center, in partnership with Columbia Helicopters and others, is implementing a history-making...

9/19/2018

article Appeals pour in over ruling against Las Vegas pipe water plan
(Nevada) -- The appeals are piling up over a recent state decision blocking the Southern Nevada Water Authority’s plans to pipe groundwater from Eastern Nevada.

9/14/2018

article Authority To Appeal Key Las Vegas Pipeline Water Rights Ruling
(Nevada) -- Water officials aren't giving up a nearly 30-year effort to get state approval to pump groundwater from arid valleys just west of the Utah state line and...

9/11/2018

article Hopi Tribe trial to adjudicate water rights begins
(Arizona) -- The first in a series of trials looking at water rights for the Hopi Tribe starts on Tuesday, but experts close to the case expect the results to take a...

8/31/2018

article Latest: Tribes gain more leverage over Western water
(USA) -- The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, in California’s dry Coachella Valley, relies on a rapidly dropping aquifer. In 2013, the tribe sued the...

8/29/2018

article Tribal elder raises river restoration awareness
(Michigan) -- When the Brown Bridge Dam was being removed from the Boardman River in Traverse City in October 2012, Hank Bailey, a tribal elder from the Grand Traverse...

8/28/2018

article At water-starved Lake Mead and Lake Powell, 'the crisis is already real,' scientists say
(Arizona) -- With Lake Mead dropping to levels that could trigger water cutbacks in less than two years, there's been a lot of talk lately about negotiating a deal...
article OP/ED: Montana legislative committee urges federal approval of CSKT Water Compact
(Montana) -- The uncertainty and expense that would be prevented by implementing the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes (“CSKT”) Water Compact is one...

8/22/2018

article Fishermen, tribal members, and enviros band together to advocate more water flow
(California) -- A coalition of environmental organizations, Northern California Indian tribal members, and commercial and sportfishing organizations held a press...
article Fishermen, tribal members and conservationists push for increased flows on San Joaquin River
(California) -- “We must restore our rivers if we are going to have clean water and fish into the future,” said Morning Star Gali, Tribal Organizer for Save...

8/21/2018

article Begaye addresses framework for Little Colorado River water rights settlement
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye met with Interior Department representatives Aug. 16, to discuss the framework for a settlement of Navajo water...
article Phoebe Suina on Preserving Tribal Water Rights
(New Mexico) -- There are a lot of smart cookies in Indian Country, and Phoebe Suina, sole owner of Native-Owned, Woman-Owned High Water Mark LLC, is one of them....

8/17/2018

article Federal government settles lawsuit over 'wild and scenic' California rivers
(California) -- Under a new legal settlement, the federal government has agreed to present plans to protect eight California rivers and streams that Congress designated...
article What's happening with WOTUS
(Washington D.C.) -- Which streams and wetlands are protected under the Clean Water Act? As of Thursday, the answer depends on where you’re standing. After a South...

8/16/2018

article Vital Colorado River reservoir OK for now, but shortages are looming
(Colorado) -- A vital reservoir on the Colorado River will be able to meet the demands of Mexico and the U.S. Southwest for the next 13 months, but a looming shortage...

8/14/2018

article Feds Move To Expand State Role in Wetland Permitting
(Washington D.C.) -- For more than three decades, states and Native American tribes have had authority to issue permits for construction and dredging in wetlands and...
article Marlboro Native American Music Series Focuses on Water Rights
(New York) -- The 2016 and 2017 Dakota Access Pipeline protests brought awareness of the rights of Native Americans and the environmental threats to clean water at the...

8/11/2018

article Rafters, anglers worry as Colorado’s famed white water becomes low water
(Colorado) -- In the state known as the “mother of rivers,” the third-warmest and driest period in more than a century is wreaking havoc on waterways that...

8/8/2018

article EPA reconsiders Washington state’s contentious water rules
(Washington) -- The Environmental Protection Agency is reconsidering water quality standards it approved for Washington state two years ago, taking up a review requested...

8/3/2018

article Who owns the aquifer?
(California) -- California's Coachella Valley may be ground zero for a new chapter in water rights for Native American tribes, according to a new Stanford study...

8/2/2018

article Are you sure about that drink? An era of less water and more people
(Colorado) -- Between growing populations and a changing climate, water sources in the West are only expected to get more crunched. Communities in some very dry states...

7/31/2018

article After two years, Congress OKs bill to let Apache move on water project
(Washington D.C.) -- The House gave final approval July 23 to a bill that would let the White Mountain Apache proceed on desperately needed improvements to their water...

7/30/2018

article Columbia River Treaty Negotiators Ask For Patience Ahead Of Further Talks
(Oregon) -- The U.S. and Canadian governments have scheduled a second and third round of negotiations to modernize the Columbia River Treaty. The 54-year-old treaty...

7/29/2018

article State water plan imperils Chicken Ranch tribe’s plan to use land for agriculture
(California) -- Tribal Secretary Linda Mathiesen, 24, looks at the sprawling piece of land across Highway 108 from the tribe’s Chicken Ranch Casino and sees an...

7/27/2018

article State water plan imperils Chicken Ranch tribe’s plan to use land for agriculture
(California) -- Tribal Secretary Linda Mathiesen, 24, looks at the sprawling piece of land across Highway 108 from the tribe’s Chicken Ranch Casino and sees an...

7/26/2018

article After 15 years on a boil advisory, the Semiahmoo First Nation is finally getting potable water
(British Columbia) -- The Semiahmoo First Nation — which has been on a boil water advisory for the past 15 years — has finally struck a deal that will...
article B.C. First Nation hopes to make splash in bottled water business
(British Columbia) -- A small First Nation in B.C. is hoping to make a big splash in the bottled water business. The Uchucklesaht Tribe has launched an artesian brand of...
article B.C., U.S. negotiators want big changes to Columbia River Treaty
(British Columbia) -- Canadian and U.S. negotiators are wading into a maze of conflicting interests as they prepare to “modernize” the Columbia River Treaty...

7/23/2018

article After two years, Congress OKs bill to let Apache move on water project
(Washington D.C.) -- The House gave final approval Monday to a bill that would let the White Mountain Apache proceed on desperately needed improvements to their water...
article 'It's just not right': Indigenous coffee company tackles water issues
(Ottawa) -- A coffee venture in Ottawa is working to provide clean water for Indigenous families across Ontario. A portion of the proceeds from each bag that Birch Bark...

7/21/2018

article The Klamath conflict / Water war along California-Oregon border pits growers against tribes, family against family
(California) -- As one of the tensest fights for water in the West closes in, residents in this town along the rural California-Oregon border are moving out. The...
article Interior Secretary Zinke visits reservoirs, signaling federal interest in water fight
(California) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke paid a visit Friday to two reservoirs that are embroiled in an intense fight over water allocations in the Northern San...

7/19/2018

press release Udall Leads Indian Affairs Legislative Hearing on Water Rights Bills
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, joined Committee Chairman John Hoeven (R-N.D.) in leading a...

7/18/2018

article Montana Lawmakers Ask Zinke For Help Passing Water Compacts
(Montana) -- A state legislative committee is asking Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to work with Montana’s Congressional delegation to finalize a handful of water...

7/11/2018

article Gilbert Seeks Tribal Water To Secure Its Future
(Arizona) -- Gilbert is one step closer to securing a new water supply for the town. Town Council last month approved a 100-year water lease with the San Carlos Apache...

7/10/2018

article The EPA's Clean Water Act and Understanding VGP
(Washington D.C.) -- For years, the EPA had adopted a policy of broadly exempting discharges into the water that were incidental to normal operation of vessels. That...
article Maine, EPA, Tribes Spar Over Water Quality Rules
(Maine) -- The state of Maine is locked in a legal battle with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a pair of American Indian tribes about the way clean water...

7/9/2018

article San Carlos Apache eye diversion project, worry over water levels
(Arizona) -- Even fewer people attended Saturday’s scoping meeting in San Carlos, Ariz., for the proposed New Mexico Unit diversions of the Gila and San Francisco...

7/8/2018

article Maine, EPA, tribes spar over water quality rules
(Maine) -- The state of Maine is locked in a legal battle with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a pair of American Indian tribes about the way clean water...

7/7/2018

article Lake Nighthorse water makes it to western La Plata County
(Colorado) -- The long-awaited vision of Lake Nighthorse supplying water to the parched, water-strapped western part of La Plata County is finally coming to fruition....

7/4/2018

article Long-term drinking water advisory lifted for Sask. First Nation after 4 years
(Saskatchewan) -- A long-term drinking water advisory which had been in effect since August 2013 on the Big Island Lake First Nation was lifted last week, more than four...

7/2/2018

article TASIN calls on Governor Jerry Brown, Senate President Toni Atkins, and other elected officials to put a stop to the Cadiz Water Project.
(California) -- A water project that should have been laughed out of the boardroom two decades ago still threatens the California Desert. Unfortunately, the proposed...

6/28/2018

article Nestlé Offered Permit To Continue Taking Water From California Watershed
(California) -- The U.S. Forest Service has offered Nestlé a three-year permit to continue drawing millions of gallons of water from the San Bernardino National Forest.
article Arizona commits to drought plan for Colorado River
(Arizona) -- Arizona water officials committed Thursday to reach a multi-state plan by the end of the year to stave off Colorado River water shortages, or at least...

6/26/2018

article Klamath farmers, ranchers get 2018 operations plan
(Oregon) -- It may be several months late, but farmers and ranchers in the Klamath Project finally know just how much water is available for the 2018 irrigation season...

6/23/2018

article A lot of water (and money) has gone down the river since 1964 for the Chemehuevi Indian Tribe
(California) -- A civil lawsuit by the Chemehuevi Indian Tribe, which is seeking monetary damages against the United States for water the tribe was going to use for...
article Suit filed after water official blocks Coyote Springs construction
(Nevada) -- Nevada’s top water regulator is blocking construction of the master-planned community at Coyote Springs because he says there isn’t enough water...

6/20/2018

article Long-term drinking water advisory lifted at Miawpukek First Nation
(North Canada) -- Everyone in Canada deserves access to safe, clean, and reliable drinking water. The Government of Canada is committed to ending all long-term drinking...
article Miawpukek First Nation drinking water advisory lifted after nearly 4 years
(North Canada) -- A long-term drinking water advisory for the community of Miawpukek First Nation has been lifted. The advisory, which had been in effect since September...

6/18/2018

article State appealing Navajo water rights ruling – although it favors the result
(New Mexico) -- State government recently got a big legal victory when the New Mexico Court of Appeals upheld a landmark water rights settlement with the Navajo Nation.

6/17/2018

article A tough issue calls for working together, especially if its water
(Oregon) -- A few weeks ago we had an editorial that cited efforts to work together as one of the better points in an otherwise depressing water year.

6/14/2018

article Montana's Blackfeet tribe, Zinke put water deal into effect
(Washington D.C.) -- Leaders of the Blackfeet Nation and U.S. Interior Department on Tuesday put into effect a $471 million settlement of water rights claims that was...

6/11/2018

article Klamath water users argue tribes’ lawsuit filed in wrong court
(California) -- The Klamath Water Users Association, Sunnyside Irrigation District and California farmer Ben DuVal are seeking to have the Klamath Tribes’ lawsuit...

6/5/2018

article Skeptical tribal leader: 'Water is life to everyone on earth'
(Idaho) -- Shoshone-Paiute tribal leaders who traveled from Duck Valley for today’s signing ceremony between Idaho and the EPA on water pollution said they’...

6/3/2018

article First Round of Treaty Talks Wrap Up on Columbia River
(Washington) -- The first two days of negotiations on modernizing the Columbia River Treaty between the U.S. and Canada wrapped up last week as the neighboring countries...
article Renewing the Columbia River Treaty: A once-in-a-generation chance to address river health
(Idaho) -- Last week, the United States and Canada began formal negotiations to modernize the Columbia River Treaty. The 54-year-old treaty has done much good, but like...

5/28/2018

article Columbia treaty talks start 70 years after '48 flood
(Washington) -- A very different kind of Memorial Day observance precedes an international debate starting this Tuesday. On Memorial Day Monday in 1948, what became...
article Talks to revise the Columbia River Treaty to begin Tuesday
(Washington) -- Talks are scheduled to begin this week in Washington, D.C., to modernize the document that coordinates flood control and hydropower generation in the...

5/27/2018

article 9th circuit ruling on Walker Lake puts far reaching water rights issue before Nevada Supreme Court
(Nevada) -- In 1902, a rancher by the name of Henry Miller — known as the “Cattle King of the West” — brought a lawsuit against Thomas B. Rickey, a Nevada farmer,...

5/26/2018

article Ute Indian Tribe and townsite of Myton approve joint venture to market water
(Utah) -- The Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation and the city of Myton, Utah have approved a joint venture agreement for the marketing of water in the...
article Tribal nations hold some of the best water rights in the West
(New Mexico) -- Tens of thousands of people on the Navajo Nation lack running water in their homes. But that could change in the coming years, as the Navajo-Gallup Water...

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