Winters Rights Amidst an Environmental Crisis

By: Chelsi Tsosie The doctrine under Winters v. United States holds that an establishment of an Indian reservation implies the reservation of “appurtenant water then unappropriated to the extent needed to accomplish the purpose of the reservation” too. For the Navajo Nation, the Treaty of 1868 established “a permanent homeland.” A permanent homeland requires an … Continue reading Winters Rights Amidst an Environmental Crisis

Tribes and States in the Colorado River Basin Agree Water is Life, but Fail to Negotiate

By: Maryam Salazar Seven states are fighting over water in the Colorado River Basin. The basin is split into the upper and lower basins. The states of the upper basin include Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, and Wyoming. The lower basin includes California, Nevada, and Arizona. In addition to these states, dozens of Tribes and Mexico also … Continue reading Tribes and States in the Colorado River Basin Agree Water is Life, but Fail to Negotiate

Enforcement of the Clean Water Act in Florida

By: Chad Edwards The 1972 Clean Water Act (CWA) was intended to protect the nation’s waterways from pollution by making lakes, rivers, and streams safe for swimming, fishing, and a host of other activities. Without enforcement, however, this law alone packs little punch in protecting the environment. The federal government relies on state agencies to … Continue reading Enforcement of the Clean Water Act in Florida

Are Electric Vehicles Really as Green as Advertised?

By: Scarlet Rush Electric vehicles are currently said to be one of the most savvy ways to decrease a person’s personal carbon footprint. Electric cars run completely on rechargeable batteries unlike the typical gasoline run vehicles. The reason gasoline fueled cars are bad for the environment is due to the two main gases they emit: … Continue reading Are Electric Vehicles Really as Green as Advertised?

Southwest Water Crisis Continues: The Colorado River Shortage

By: Lexi Carroll On August 16, 2021, the United States Bureau of Reclamation declared a shortage on the Colorado River for the first time. Although such national recognition is unprecedented, the water crisis is not.  The Colorado River has been a precious commodity for Western states for over a century. In 1922, competing state interests … Continue reading Southwest Water Crisis Continues: The Colorado River Shortage