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August 3: Zambia Communities File Lawsuit Over Drinking Water Pollution

The  Global Rundown

The Global Rundown

Communities in Zambia have filed an international lawsuit against a mining company due to drinking water pollution, while a different company announced it will lay off workers at one of the country’s copper mines due to hydropower shortages. Monsoon floods could pollute a world heritage site in Vietnam, Pakistan may soon be categorized as “water scarce”, and New York City is still looking for the source of a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak. Singapore continues to streamline its water supply and management system.

“Ideally, we don’t sell you water. We rent you water. We take it back, we clean it. We’re like a laundry service. Then you can multiply your supply of water many, many times.”–George Madhavan, communications director for Singapore’s national water agency, on the country’s efforts to create a holistic system that collects, recycles, and cleans water efficiently. (Reuters)

By the Numbers

By The Numbers

1,480 workers Number to be laid off by First Quantum Minerals from a copper mining project in Zambia due to power shortages. The shortages were caused by low hydropower reserves. Reuters

71 people Number sickened in an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in New York City. Four people have died from the disease, which is spread through airborne water droplets. The New York Times

17 people Death toll from floods caused by monsoon rains in Vietnam. Coal mines are also at risk from flooding, prompting concerns about water pollution in Ha Long Bay. The New York Times

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Science, Studies, And Reports

Pakistan’s per capita water availability has declined so rapidly in the past four decades that the country may soon be categorized as “water scarce”, according to a report by the International Monetary Fund. In addition, Pakistan’s groundwater supplies are shrinking. The Third Pole

On the Radar

On The Radar

Communities in Zambia filed a lawsuit in London’s high court against Vedanta Resources, arguing that the company’s copper mine polluted drinking water supplies. The water has caused illnesses and crop losses, the communities said. Observer

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Texas Fund Turns Oil Dollars into Water Investments

Houston is the big winner in first round of state financing for new water infrastructure fund.

Sites Reservoir in Northern California Is 20th-Century Idea Trying to Fit the 21st

New surface water storage project would be largest in California since 1979.

California Indian Tribe Pursues Rights to Groundwater

A court test of federal water law by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians has implications for the American West.

Infographic: Lake Titicaca Contends With Water Pollution and Climate Change

Receding glaciers, growing cities, and expanding agriculture threaten the highest navigable lake in the world.

Line 5 Pipeline Task Force Highlights Weakness in Enbridge Management

Pipeline owner criticized for lapses in inspection and disclosure.

One Way to Ease California Drought: Recycle Wastewater For Irrigation

Del Puerto Water District to buy a third of its water supply from Modesto and Turlock treatment plants.

Zambia Electricity Shortage Highlights Africa’s Hydropower Shortfalls

Amid a changing social and environmental landscape, Sub-Saharan Africa turns to its rivers.

Concerns over Bottled Water and NAFTA Swirl during British Columbia Drought

Citizen petition calls for higher fees on Nestle and other bottled water companies while authorities worry about trade agreement implications.

DC Water Increases Rates to Pay for New Infrastructure

Residents of the nation’s capital will pay a new fixed fee for replacing old pipes.

Oakland’s Water Treatment Plant Generates Its Own Energy and Then Some

Plant is at the center of a big move to also solve city’s solid waste problem.

Michigan Pipeline Task Force Sets Stage for Line 5 Closure

Report calls for independent analysis of the risks, alternatives, and cost of a big oil spill in the Mackinac Straits.

Oakland’s Web of Waters Shapes New Economy, Civic Energy

A nationally significant program of storm water management daylights streams, renovates a centerpiece lake, restores an estuary, and empowers a West Coast city.

Interactive Map: Indian Water Rights in the Colorado River Basin

Native American tribes are emerging leaders in the drying basin.

Infographic: Lake Superior Pressured by Climate Change and Invasive Species

Warming water temperatures and destructive, non-native species threaten the world's largest lake.

California Fire Danger Mounts in Sierra Nevada Forests

Bark beetles, water scarcity, and dying trees herald a region in ecological transition during the height of state's four-year drought.

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In The Circle: Fresh Focus

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Why Asking ‘How Much Rain Will End the Drought?’ Is the Wrong Question

Why Asking ‘How Much Rain Will End the Drought?’ Is the Wrong Question

People need to be in the equation too, says Circle of Blue report Brett Walton.

Along Lake Superior Shore: Climate Change, CAFOs, and Camaraderie

Circle of Blue data reporter Kaye LaFond describes her experience as a fellow at the Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources’ Lake Superior Institute.

Fear and Hoping in Seattle

All is woe in the water world — or is it? Circle of Blue reporter Brett Walton reflects on an extraordinary summer.

Contemplating Water’s Future in a Dry Arizona Riverbed

A sunrise photoshoot in the drying Colorado River Basin leads to more than images -- Circle of Blue director J. Carl Ganter's meeting with Governor Stephen Lewis of the Gila River Indian Community.Circle of Blue Director J. Carl Ganter met with Governor Stephen Lewis of the Gila River Indian Community in the drying Colorado River Basin.

The Science Communication Challenge

Circle of Blue intern Connor Bebb explains his passion for sharing information about our most important shared resource — water.

Water, Food, and Ecuador

From New York to Chicago to South America, Circle of Blue intern Miranda Cawley describes what drew her to the water-food-energy nexus.

Surviving the Nepal Earthquake

Circle of Blue intern Crystal Edmunds recounts her first-hand experience of the Gorkha earthquake and raises questions about what it means for water.

Water Pricing Story Makes Headlines

The price of water is national news, and Circle of Blue’s Brett Walton is driving the story.

Meghalaya Documentary — “Broken Landscape” — Broadcast Premiere on CNN-IBN in India

The film explores one of the world’s most dangerous coal fields.

California Drought Prompts Personal Adjustments

This drought is different, people say — much different.

California Drought Invites Scrutiny of Bottled Water, Fracking

A vortex of attention swirls around industrial activity that does not consume much water.

California Drought Puts Old Features in New Perspective

Water for swimming pools, golf courses, car washes at front lines of fresh scrutiny.

Global Drought Discussed on “The World” with Marco Werman and Circle of Blue

When "The World" wanted to know about global drought conditions last week, producers from one of the important news programs on National Public Radio called Circle of Blue.

Circle of Blue: Old-School Reporting in a New-Style Package

Last month, the Society of Environmental Journalists published a Q&A with our director, J. Carl Ganter.

California Regulators Hint at Forthcoming Urban Water Restrictions

The biggest water users will be required to conserve more than the thrifty.

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California Drought

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Sites Reservoir in Northern California Is 20th-Century Idea Trying to Fit the 21st

New surface water storage project would be largest in California since 1979.

California Indian Tribe Pursues Rights to Groundwater

A court test of federal water law by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians has implications for the American West.

One Way to Ease California Drought: Recycle Wastewater For Irrigation

Del Puerto Water District to buy a third of its water supply from Modesto and Turlock treatment plants.

Why Asking ‘How Much Rain Will End the Drought?’ Is the Wrong Question

People need to be in the equation too, says Circle of Blue report Brett Walton.

Oakland’s Water Treatment Plant Generates Its Own Energy and Then Some

Plant is at the center of a big move to also solve city’s solid waste problem.

Oakland’s Web of Waters Shapes New Economy, Civic Energy

A nationally significant program of storm water management daylights streams, renovates a centerpiece lake, restores an estuary, and empowers a West Coast city.

California Fire Danger Mounts in Sierra Nevada Forests

Bark beetles, water scarcity, and dying trees herald a region in ecological transition during the height of state's four-year drought.

Slideshow: Faces of Tulare County’s Drinking Water Crisis

The Central Valley farming county has the highest number of dry wells in California.

In California’s Central Valley, Dry Wells Multiply in the Summer Heat

Tulare County continues to be the center of the drought’s drinking water crisis.

Challenged By Drought, Fire, Earthquake, and Flood, California Departs On New Path

In response to truculent planet, conserving water, limiting climate emissions, and achieving "net zero" energy use are top priorities.

Saving Salmon: California Orders New Water Restrictions

Restrictions target big Sacramento River reservoir and Russian River residents, but effects will ripple through the state.

California Oil Industry’s Wastewater Saga Adds New Twist

A lawsuit, an official's resignation, and failed legislative proposals marked the beginning of June.

California Court, Despite Drought, Questions Popular Water Pricing Tool

Increasing block rates garner closer attention.

Groundwater Data Bill Passes California Senate

Lawmakers seek to make public a trove of groundwater data.

Infographic: Wastewater in California’s Oil Fields

The oil industry's relationship to water is governed by a surprising ratio.

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Azzam Alwash

Can war end in environmental rejuvenation? It did for Iraq’s Mesopotamian Marshlands, believed by many to be the Biblical Garden of Eden. The marshes — straddled between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers that wind their way from Turkey’s eastern mountains through the desert plains of the Middle East — were systematically destroyed by Saddam Hussein’s […]

Dennis Nelson

Dennis Nelson grew up on his family’s North Dakota farm, where the groundwater well barely supplied their basic needs. As a child, he didn’t know why the water was scarce when their land was surrounded by wetlands, or “prairie potholes,” as he calls them. “I simply couldn’t make the connection at a young age about […]

Stacey Travis

For more than 15 years, Stacey Travis was a television producer for networks like FOX, A&E, and AMC. Until, that is, she drastically switched careers in 2006, when doctors in Uganda and South Sudan told her about the water-related illnesses that plague these nations. Travis felt compelled to help and soon after founded Drop In […]

Ajay Krishnan

Can something be made of nothing? According to the research of 16-year-old Ajay Krishnan, the answer is yes. A research enthusiast since the sixth grade, Krishnan — now a junior at Oregon Episcopal School — found a way to produce hydrogen gas from wastewater utilizing microbial electrolysis cells. For his work in renewable energy, Krishnan […]

Rose George

While working as an editor and writer at COLORS Magazine, Rose George was assigned to work on Cacas, a coffee table book featuring photographs of animal and human feces, for which “caca” is slang. Through the project, she discovered Sulabh International, an organization in India that provides public toilets and works to liberate those whose […]

Peter Thum

Wine turned Peter Thum to water. While working on a project in South Africa involving two wineries, Thum saw the difficulties that many people experienced just trying to get clean water every day. “I did a bit of research and began to see the size and magnitude of this problem,” he says. So he decided […]

Vessela Monta

“We cannot say that rain is not interesting just because we can dig wells,” says Vessela Monta, a civil engineer by trade who began working with the International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance (IRHA) in 2002. Some resources — like the availability of harvestable rainwater — get forgotten when discussing sustainability, but not to Monta. She points […]

Isabella Bovolo

Guyana means “land of many waters” in a native Amerindian language, but it also houses one of the most pristine rainforests left in existence, the Iwokrama. In 1996, Guyana and the Commonwealth of Nations established an organization of the same name. According to Iwokrama resident scientist Isabella Bovolo, the organization aims to fill large data […]

David Breashears

In 2007, from 5,600 meters atop the north side of Mount Everest, explorer David Breashears recalls how he was “astonished” by what he saw and “shocked” that he hadn’t been more aware of the state of this Tibetan glacier. Breashears was on a comparative photography assignment to match a photo from 1921 with the modern […]

Erin Huber

Erin Huber grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, near the Great Lakes, where clean fresh water is abundant and tap water is sometimes taken for granted. As a humanitarian and an environmentalist, Huber spearheaded rooftop gardens and farmers’ markets, but eventually honed her focus to water. Huber founded the Drink Local Drink Tap (DLDT) campaign in […]

Rohini Nilekani

Rohini Nilekani began her career as a journalist and writer. But upon marrying Nadan Nilekani — co-founder of the Indian tech-consulting firm Infosys — and coming into some money, she sought a cause to support financially. “I was looking for an area that would make sense to me and that would also have some kind […]

Chris Groves

Dr. Chris Groves spends a lot of his time going underground into caves carved by eons of water flow. Once a boy with an interest in rocks, today Groves is a world-renowned cave and limestone karst expert who directs the Hoffman Environmental Research Institute at Western Kentucky University. “It was the only practical way to […]

Lori Pottinger

Lori Pottinger advocates for rural communities that are at risk of being displaced by dam construction. She says that residents are not always aware of the extent of cultural and lifestyle adjustments they will have to make — or the option of resisting development. “They’re giving their all, and then they’re getting nothing from these […]

Kunal Sangani

Innovation started early for incoming Stanford University freshman Kunal Sangani. At just 17, he was named the U.S. finalist for the Stockholm Junior Water Prize for his project about the environmental effects of hydraulic fracturing (also known as “fracking”). A native of Syracuse, New York, where intense discussion about fracking led to a moratorium on […]

Ed Wargin

Ed Wargin set out almost 17 years ago to document the Great Lakes, and he’s almost finished. The Fresh Coast Project is an effort to document the Great Lakes as a single unit. “I have felt through the years that we needed a solitary type of message, that we needed to look at the Great […]

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