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More than half of the country’s lakes and rivers are not meeting water quality standards.

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With exceptions like California and Australia, regions and cities shape resilient adaptations to water security.

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Second largest U.S. city confronts new era of water scarcity with innovations on a new scale.

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Seminal water law does not address nation’s emerging water pollution challenges.

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Natural resources agencies have the authority to change practices on their own, conservation groups argue.

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Climate change models have long predicted a drying West. In California, the future has arrived.

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Agencies are going after polluters with smaller staffs and less money.

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Unlike previous eras, Congress has avoided adjusting the law to manage new conditions.

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Grazing cattle vastly outnumber people in the Sites Valley of northern California, where a new reservoir is proposed.

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

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THE COACHELLA VALLEY, CALIFORNIA, AUGUST 2009: The main recharge Dyke for the Coachella Valley, California, August 10 2009.  This dyke serves to maintain the Aquifer upon which Coachella depends, adding water to it protects the water source and protects the surrounding infrastructure from possible subsidence. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)

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

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Enbridge Inc., based in Calgary, is the largest shipper of Canadian crude oil, built and operates the twin, 20-inch-diameter steel pipelines, about 1,000 feet apart, that cross the Straits of Mackinac in northern Michigan. The company's holdings include this tank farm in Edmonton, Alberta. Photo/Keith Schneider

Pipeline owner criticized for lapses in inspection and disclosure.

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

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

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

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To limit toxic algae blooms, the United States and Canada will need to reduce nutrient pollution by 40 percent.

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State and provincial leaders act to end danger to Lake Erie, which has suffered from a resurgence of nutrient pollution and toxic algae outbreaks over the past decade.

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

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

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Lawmakers seek to make public a trove of groundwater data.

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Legislation would redirect the flow of money for water-saving projects.

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