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The Rundown Senators discussed Indian water rights, while a House committee heard complaints from states over stream protection rule. Western states received $US 50 million for water conservation and recycling. NOAA issued the first algae forecast of the year. Two reports assessed climate adaptation by federal agencies. Yakima River Basin water availability declines. The Senate […]

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No comprehensive data exist on agricultural water consumption.

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The Rundown Conservation is the talk of the Colorado River Basin, but saving water is not a cure-all. A solar power proposal in Nevada would use no water. The USDA hands out water conservation grants, while the Bureau of Reclamation offers money for drought planning. Legal charges in North Carolina coal ash spill. Alabama sues […]

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Debate demonstrates the power of water in the drying American West.

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The Rundown EPA issues toxic algae guidelines. A California congressman wants to block federal spending on river flows in his home state. Commenters want more protection for drinking water from federal oil-by-rail rules. Irrigation in the mid-Atlantic is concentrated on a peninsula. Nevada uses less Colorado River water. Asian carp won’t go hungry in Lake […]

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Rock barriers will deflect saltwater intrusion in California’s most important water body.

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The Rundown State Department makes climate change a top diplomatic priority. The Energy Department crunches the numbers on U.S. hydropower while a coal power plant sees new life. A new plan for California’s Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is announced. President Obama threatens to veto a water spending bill. “In recent years, extremist environmental groups have increased […]

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Despite a signed contract, Sitka city officials say the real test is whether water is actually delivered.

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Few substantial changes to the latest version of conservation regulations.

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Cities object to mandatory limits on water use.

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The Rundown More money for the Army Corps of Engineers. Major deficiencies in environmental oversight in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Prize money for renewable-energy desalination and a potential source of funding for sewage treatment upgrades in the Great Lakes. EPA’s science board reviews drinking water contaminants and looks for new members. An EPA water infrastructure […]

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As urban water use declines, utilities change business models.

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The Rundown The first quarter of 2015 breaks a global heat record. Lawmakers and regulators argue about water while the EPA publishes timetables for coal ash regulations. California water managers propose temporary dams to help with salinity in the state’s hydrologic choke point. “We are going to get it over the finish line…The final rule […]

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State and local water administrators face supply emergency that is tightening.

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The Rundown The Bureau of Reclamation and two California water districts settle a dispute over releasing water for fish. A rural water supply project in North Dakota is reassessed. President Obama orders federal agencies to be more efficient with water. Pipeline regulator offers safety recommendations for times of flood. A handful of species in California […]

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

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The Global Rundown China quashes a protest but responds to the grievances. California does a poor job of conserving water, while its water utilities use a lot of electricity. European water companies look to India for new business opportunities as a water software business in the United States grows. Water rationing begins in Taiwan. “More […]

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Deeper drought, warmer temperatures lead to more water use in Southern California, not less.

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The Global Rundown Sao Paulo’s last hope to avoid severe water restrictions is a goopy mess. A new development in the Arizona desert raises water supply questions. Canada’s glaciers are shrinking but scientists have better maps of their decline. And what to do about golf courses…in California and China. “History shows a loss of popularity […]

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The Global Rundown Groundwater levels fell to new lows in India’s tech hub while a state in western India opened its largest drinking water pipeline. Airborne instruments see a substantial drop in California’s snowpack, and Apple sees the value of recycled water. Nevada lawmakers might make it rain. “You’re kind of milking the snow.” — […]

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