Author: Lauren Kaljur

Wyoming Wind River tribes want water on their territory to run strong, but they don’t control it

  FORT WASHAKIE, Wyo. – Jason Baldes stands next to a bridge facing the Wind River diversion dam, a concrete reminder that his Eastern Shoshone tribe does not have the right to use the water on their lands as they want. Instead, dams and diversions move water toward the many farms in the region, leaving […]

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Wyoming couple’s well water problems launch national debate about effects of oil and gas drilling

PAVILLION, Wyo. – Rhonda and Jeff Locker enjoyed hosting friends and family at their farm home in Pavillion, Wyoming. The 56 year old said she took pride in serving her guests water from the well on their land. “It was the best I’d ever tasted,” Rhonda Locker said. That changed in the early 1990s when […]

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Episode 3: Water truck serves Navajo Nation residents

Darlene Arviso, a member of the Navajo Nation, drives a diesel truck with a big tank to dozens of rural homes near Thoreau, New Mexico, every day. Navajo families depend on her for clean drinking water because much of the groundwater in their wells is contaminated with uranium from Cold War-era mines. Reporter Lauren Kaljur […]

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