We may be on the verge of a water war in the West. Drought is draining the West’s largest reservoir, Lake Mead, to historic low levels. Forecasts say climate change will make things worse. Headlines warn of water shortages and cutbacks. Members of Congress are moving to protect their states’ supplies.

Yet if war is really imminent, why is one of the region’s most experienced water managers doing the same thing he has done for years: tinkering? “I like to describe this as another incremental step,” said Tom Buschatzke, director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources. FULL REPORT