Ian James, Los Angeles Times

Ian James

Los Angeles Times

Phoenix, AZ, United States

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Recent articles by Ian:

Drought-stricken California cut its water use by 5% in August

Californians reduced water use an average of 5% in August compared with a year earlier, an improvement from July when residents cut water use by 1.8%. → Read More

As drought worsens, California farmers are being paid not to grow crops

As Colorado River levels continue to drop, water agencies are working with local growers to leave some fields fallow in exchange for cash payments. → Read More

Los Angeles shifts water supplies as drought hammers State Water Project

L.A. will use more Colorado River water to reduce reliance on the hard-hit supplies from the State Water Project. → Read More

Did a wayward ship anchor cause the California oil spill?

The offshore waters along the Orange and Los Angeles county coasts are teeming with cargo ships waiting to get into the ports of L.A. and Long Beach. → Read More

California will consider mandatory water restrictions if dryness continues this winter

If California drought persists, state officials say they will consider imposing mandatory water restrictions. → Read More

A bitter dispute ends as California water agencies pledge cooperation on Colorado River

Two California water districts have settled a legal fight over a Colorado River drought deal. → Read More

Southern California spurns drought water conservation

Despite a request by Gov. Gavin Newsom to voluntarily reduce water use by 15%, Southern California has yet to start conserving, figures show → Read More

Some Arizona golf courses are pushing back against state's plan to reduce water use

Golf courses are pushing back against a proposal by state officials that would reduce overall water use on courses. → Read More

'Red alert': Lake Mead falls to lowest water level since Hoover Dam's construction in 1930s

Lake Mead declined to its lowest level since Hoover Dam's construction in the 1930s. It's a new milestone for the water-starved Colorado River. → Read More

'Red alert': Lake Mead falls to record-low level, a milestone in Colorado River's crisis

Lake Mead now sits at 36% of full capacity, the lowest its been since it was filled in the 1930s, and has dropped 20 vertical feet in the past year → Read More

Hoover Dam, symbol of the modern West, faces a new test with an epic water shortage

Hoover Dam has helped store Colorado River water since 1935, but reservoir levels are nearing the lowest point since Lake Mead was filled. → Read More

Low-income and Latino neighborhoods endure more extreme heat in the Southwest, study shows

In the Southwest, where heat can be deadly, research shows low-income and predominantly Latino neighborhoods endure hotter temperatures. → Read More

'We need water to survive': Hopi Tribe pushes for solutions in long struggle for water

Some Hopi families don’t have running water. Many others have water tainted with arsenic. Steps toward fixes are finally taking shape. → Read More

Utah's proposal to build Colorado River pipeline gets pushback from 6 states

Representatives of six states along the Colorado River are urging the federal government not to approve Utah's plan for a 140-mile water pipeline. → Read More

Phoenix hits 50th day of 110 degrees; previous record 'obliterated'

The previous record before 2020 was 33 days in 2011. Phoenix surpassed that on Aug. 9 and continued to beat it almost every day since then. → Read More

'The pie keeps shrinking': Lake Mead's low level will trigger water cutbacks for Arizona, Nevada

Reservoirs on the Colorado River remain low as climate change worsens long-term drought. → Read More

Waiting for water: On the Navajo Nation, long lines, scarce resources, a cry for solutions

Many on the Navajo Nation don't have running water. The coronavirus adds urgency to efforts to build infrastructure, but solutions will be costly. → Read More

On vegetable farms, growers grapple with harvest demands and coronavirus risks

On Arizona farms, growers say they're working to adapt to the coronavirus. Some worry the virus could worsen a shortage of laborers to harvest crops. → Read More

About 40 million people get water from the Colorado River. Studies show it's drying up.

Studies show global warming is drying up the Colorado River. Its largest reservoirs have dropped dramatically since 2000. → Read More

USMCA trade pact includes $300M for U.S.-Mexico border sewer woes, but critics fault deal

The House approved $300 million for failing sewer systems on the US-Mexico border. But environmentalists say a new trade deal won't curb pollution. → Read More