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U.S. agency moves to restrict development in Bristol Bay watershed.

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Benefits go to agriculture, but won’t help cities.

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Snow is scarce, reservoirs are approaching bottom, and groundwater is being exhausted in the nation’s most populous state. More than a dozen communities face water shortages in the next 60 to 100 days, and there will be zero water deliveries from the state’s largest canal system this year.

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A new study from the World Resources Institute shows the connection between crops and water scarcity.

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A new study finds that Australia’s groundwater contributes more to GDP than some industries.

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With the amount of reliable water in reservoirs shrinking, water agencies set sights on groundwater transfers and more reservoirs.

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In addition to reducing demand from its key aquifer, Kansas wants to study the cost of importing water to the High Plains. But will this cause conflict with neighboring states that also use the river?

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A pilot project will test how much water can be saved by not growing crops.

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Not all is gloom and doom for the famed underground water resource that lubricates farm economies in the Great Plains.

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Small-scale projects offer solutions to India’s water, food, and energy choke points. Still, India’s government seems determined to duplicate the frantic program of industrial development, economic growth, centralization, and one-size-fits-all silver bullets that China and the West are pursuing. The consequence is an endemic pattern of resource waste that is firmly embedded in India’s political system, causing economic and ecological havoc.

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Growing agricultural sectors pose problems for water management and ecosystems.

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The state aims to turn an old problem into an asset.

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Reservoirs are nearly empty, wells are being drilled deeper, and litigation abounds.

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A Duke University study finds methane in drinking water wells, along with two additional gases associated only with shale gas extraction.

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India Punjab

Farm policies intended to remove risk from the grain-producing economy have pulled India from the perennial fear of famine. But inefficient bureaucracy and rampant corruption also promote the squandering of resources and a glut of food that is not reaching the poor.

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When residents in Santa Fe, New Mexico pay their water bills, they are now also paying for forest restoration.

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Though few reported climate change adaptation projects to the EPA, utilities are preparing in other ways.

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Thanks in large part to the Green Revolution that catalyzed grain production in the mid-1960s, India ended the perennial fear of famine. But achieving food abundance has overwhelmed India’s mammoth and unwieldy bureaucracy, drained its freshwater reserves, and strained the energy sector and electrical grid.

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Utilities tinker with rate structures designed to stabilize revenue.

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Dwindling water supplies, low grain supplies, high prices for bread, meat, milk are outcomes of one of the worst droughts in the American history.

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