Ian James is a reporter who focuses on water in California and the West. Before joining the Los Angeles Times in 2021, he was an environment reporter at the Arizona Republic and the Desert Sun. He previously worked for the Associated Press as a correspondent in the Caribbean and as bureau chief in Venezuela. He is originally from California.
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A zoning change would have allowed a developer to build a surf lagoon in the desert. La Quinta’s City Council rejected the controversial proposal.
A developer plans to build a large surfing pool in La Quinta. Critics argue it would require too much water as California grapples with drought.
California officials say a marsh restoration site provides key fish habitat. Critics say much of the land is too high above sea level to benefit fish.
As reservoirs decline on the Colorado River, California water agencies are under pressure to shoulder a substantial part of the inevitable cuts.
New poll finds seven in 10 Californians view the state’s water shortage as ‘extremely serious.’
Two months ago, federal officials told states that depend on the Colorado River to make plans for major cuts. Negotiations have yet to produce a deal.
Last-minute tweaks to Democrats’ healthcare and climate bill added $4 billion to address the drought and water crisis along the Colorado River.
Citing global warming, California Gov. Gavin Newsom has unveiled a new water strategy to conserve, capture, recycle and desalinate supplies.
A state water board official has resigned, claiming the Newsom administration has “nearly eviscerated” the board’s ability to confront drought.
An Indigenous leader says the 30 tribes along the Colorado River need to be included ‘at the decision-making table’ as the West grapples with drought.