Tapped Out is a collection of stories around power, justice and water in the West. It was made possible by a grant from The Water Desk, with support from Ensia and INN’s Amplify News Project.

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

A monitoring program tracks toxic cyanobacteria and influences change.

By Brett Walton
Circle of Blue

May 3, 2021

Toxic blooms are a public health risk and increase water treatment costs.

By Brett Walton
Circle of Blue

May 4, 2021

The tiny town of El Adobe exemplifies the state’s struggles with contaminated water and aging infrastructure.

By Claudia Boyd-Barrett

May 5, 2021

An environmental coalition is lobbying for a moratorium on mega-dairies, which have proliferated in a water-challenged area of northeastern Oregon.

By Dawn Stover

May 6, 2021

By Elizabeth Miller
New Mexico In Depth

May 7, 2021

The Gila River Indian Community is restoring its “lifeblood” back through innovative partnerships and water exchanges.

By Sharon Udasin

May 13, 2021

The very ground upon which Corcoran, Calif., was built has been slowly but steadily collapsing, a situation caused primarily not by nature but agriculture.

By Lois Henry

May 25, 2021