The United States and Mexico are nearing an agreement on water-sharing rights for the Colorado River south of the U.S.-Mexico border. The talks remain delicate, the Associated Press reported, as final documents are reviewed by 15 water agencies and state officials.
Paying for Runoff
A regional water board in Los Angeles, California approved storm-water regulations that will cost area cities billions of dollars in clean-up costs. Runoff, the Los Angeles Times reported, is Southern California’s leading cause of water pollution.
Scarcity in Alaska
A small Alaskan village that has garnered national attention while facing a severe water shortage continues to receive outside support. Partners in the region and beyond, Bloomberg Businessweek reported, are the only reason the village has any water at all.
Growing Demand on the Nile
African capitals are draining Cairo’s Nile River water, potentially threatening Egypt’s economic stability. Former President Hosni Mubarak neglected the looming problem, the Los Angeles Times reported, but poor African capitals’ growing water consumption have made the potential danger too severe to ignore.
Andrew Maddocks is a Washington, D.C–based correspondent for Circle of Blue. He graduated from DePauw University as a Media Fellow with a B.A. in Conflict Studies. He co-writes The Stream, a daily summary of global water news.
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