If you’ve been reading the recent media coverage about the unfolding water crisis in the West, you might think the sole cause is lack of rain, or something to do with climate change. But here’s something you probably haven’t read: 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). That means there are things that can be done, right now, to fix it.

Here’s a sneak peek into Killing the Colorado, an investigation into the truth behind the water crisis in the West. Sign up and get the multi-part series delivered to your email when it goes live.