Where is the water going?
Small farmers struggle as ag titans wheel water for profit

Story by Lois Henry | Photographs by Ryan Christopher Jones

November 22, 2021

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The Central California Town That Keeps Sinking
How a country with plentiful water resources is failing to provide safe water to its people.

Story by Lois Henry | Photographs by Ryan Christopher Jones

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The Gambia's Water Paradox
How a country with plentiful water resources is failing to provide safe water to its people.

Story by Lamin Jahateh | Photographs by Jason Florio

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"Waterpreneurs" cash in on government failure to deliver clean water to islanders
Struggle for water a daily reality for impoverished Nigerian island residents

Text by Festus Iyorah | Photographs by Nengi Neslon
Data Visualizations by Yuxi Wang

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Christina Orieschnig

Christina Orieschnig

PhD Researcher, Civil Engineer, and Biologist

Passionate about ecology and civil engineering, Christina’s areas of specialisation include vegetation ecology, water management, geotechnics and soil sciences.

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Journalism Project Coordinator

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Sonja Smith


In 2021, Sonja was recognized at the EFN Namibia Journalism Awards Ceremony where she won the Best Agriculture & Environment Category award and was also awarded Journalist of the Year.

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Tapped Out: Power & water justice in the rural West

Featured Collaboration

Tapped Out is a two-part collection of fifteen stories around power, justice and water in the West. Part one was made possible by a grant from The Water Desk, with support from Ensia and INN’s Amplify News Project. Part two was made possible by a grant from the Water Foundation with additional support from INN and the Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ).

These stories are part of collaboration that includes the Institute for Nonprofit News, California Health Report, Center for Collaborative Investigative Journalism, Circle of Blue, Colorado Public Radio, Columbia Insight, The Counter, Ensia, High Country News, New Mexico In Depth and SJV Water.


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SJV Water & CCIJ win Journalism Partnership of the Year award

We are thrilled to announce to that we have been awarded the Institute for Nonprofit News’ inaugural (INN) Journalism Partnership of the Year award for our collaboration with SJV Water for, “The Central California Town That Keeps Sinking.”