Sunrise over water in south Florida

It’s not just Flint: Water problems span many states

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — One of the hallmarks of investigative journalism is giving people information they need before they know they need it — to identify critically important stories that are hiding in plain sight. That’s how IRW’s drinking water project began taking shape back in 2014, when problems in the nation’s drinking water systems …

open water reservoir

The Great Divide

TOOLEVILLE, Calif. — An ongoing struggle between two communities less than a mile apart in one of the nation’s key farming regions is a microcosm that illustrates the challenges California faces as it tries to deliver clean, affordable drinking water to more than 1 million residents without access to what the state has called a …

River water

The water crisis looms large in small California towns

Documentarians Casey Beck and Mary Cardaras created “The Great Divide,” the story of one community’s fight for clean water in California, the first state to declare clean water a human right. This film was produced in affiliation with the Investigative Reporting Workshop. The full story and additional maps and photos can be found here.

Everglades algae bloom

Polluted by Politics

The state of Florida has passed laws and spent hundreds of millions of dollars on water treatment projects to try to reduce the phosphorus flowing into the lake. But it continues unabated, according to a review of state water-monitoring data by and the Investigative Reporting Workshop.

Men in cowboy hats outside Florida Capitol Complex

Legislative sleight of hand

While the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs has been regulating pollution running off farms, not a single enforcement action has been taken against a farmer or rancher. Here’s how they kept it that way.