Though the Northwest United States conjures visions of rainy weather, drought conditions are becoming more prevalent across the region. Scientist and managers are finding solutions through cutting-edge drought research and resource management.
In the western U.S., atmospheric rivers provide critical winter precipitation, but can also cause extreme flooding and may have other ecological impacts. Learn more about Southwest CSC research exploring how atmospheric rivers impact wildlife patterns.
By increasing the amount of sediment entering streams, fire can reduce the quality of water supplies.The Southwest CSC calculated future erosion in the West as wildfire patterns change, and what this could mean for the region’s water supply.