Why do you think there is a water crisis in the West? Lack of rain? Climate change? Really bad luck? What if we told you that the recent dryness isn’t the sole cause of this unfolding disaster? What if we told you that we’re to blame? And that this crisis is man-made — built over the last century with bad policy, arcane laws and willful ignorance to environmental red flags (ahem: climate change)?

Killing the Colorado is a multi-part series from ProPublica and Matter that investigates this manmade water crisis in the West.

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ProPublica’s Killing the Colorado series is in collaboration with Matter.