This project has been made possible with the support of Solutions Journalism Network, a non-profit organization with the mission to spread the practice of solutions journalism.

Naveena Sadasivam is a staff writer covering the environment, energy and climate change at the Observer. Prior to joining the Observer, she wrote about the coal industry for InsideClimate News and fracking for ProPublica. At ProPublica, she was part of a team that reported on the water woes of the West, a project that was a 2016 Pulitzer Prize finalist for national reporting. She has a degree in chemical engineering and a master’s in environmental and science reporting from New York University and is currently an Ida B. Wells fellow at The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute.

Zoë Schlanger is a staff reporter at Quartz, covering the environment. Her work has appeared in Wired, Newsweek, the Fader, the Village Voice and elsewhere, and was the recipient of the 2017 National Association of Science Writers’ science reporting award. She is based in New York.

Daniel Wolfe is a Things reporter for Quartz with a specialty in visualizing the news from space.

David Yanofsky is the editor of the Quartz’s Things team, a cohort of journalists who use non-traditional means to originate and execute their stories. He was a founding member of Quartz’s newsroom.

Illustrations by Llew Mejia/Quartz.

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This is the second article in a series on border water and climate change, the result of a partnership between Quartz and the Texas Observer. Part of the reporting for this project was supported with a collaborative reporting grant from the Center for Cooperative Media.

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