Emily Downing is the Water 4 Communications Specialist for the Intermountain West Joint Venture, which conserves migratory bird habitat through partnerships. She resides in Polaris, Montana.

Growing seasons in the high desert are short. Most years, Adrian Hunolt figures, he has about 45 days to grow enough grass to sustain his cattle. Starting in April or May

Recent research looking at key snowmelt-driven watersheds access the West estimated that 61% of wetlands are associated with irrigated agriculture. Many of these are temporary and seasonal wetlands sustained by