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Nearly a third of residents on the Navajo Nation don’t have running water in their homes. A group called the Navajo Water Project has installed 300 indoor plumbing systems for families on the reservation in the last six years. But since the coronavirus outbreak began their work has come to a halt, and the continued lack of water for many tribal members has only intensified the impacts of the pandemic. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius spoke with the project’s director Emma Robbins.

American Rivers

Portions of the Gila River would be designated as “wild and scenic” under legislation proposed by New Mexico's two U.S. senators.

Arizona emergency officials and a large Southwestern Coca-Cola bottler have teamed up to send 30,000 liters of water to the Navajo Nation amid the COVID-19 outbreak.


The Kane County Water Conservancy District has pulled out of a pipeline project designed to pump water to two southern Utah counties, leaving Washington County as the only proposed future user of the pipeline.

A. Park Williams/Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory via AP

A new study finds that much of the western United States is baking in what scientists call an emerging megadrought.