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Competition for water prompts a quest for new sources.

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After last summer’s toxic algae outbreak, safe drinking water is a priority again in Ohio, the state that spurred the Clean Water Act four decades ago.

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John Burchard, General Manager of the Alpaugh Community Services District, walks a ditch bank on the outskirts of town. The small farmworker community in California's Central Valley suffers from high levels of arsenic and other contaminates in its drinking water.

Water is priority in state legislatures and governors’ offices.

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A month after water supply was a central feature of a U.S. – China agreement, formal recognition of water scarcity and access is still elusive.

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The EPA has issued 13 vetoes since the passing of the Clean Water Act.

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A joint energy research program will be extended and expanded to include water.

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Using public trust doctrine, communities restore streams diverted for more than 100 years.

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Steeled by past drought, governor is reshaping how largest U.S. state uses and distributes water.

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Expensive research and cleanup efforts make little headway.

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Better plans and more data are needed to guide response.

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Algae toxins have been found in seven lakes, reservoirs, and rivers that supply drinking water to 1 million people.

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Where the Maumee River feeds into Lake Erie, the city of Toledo relies on the lake to supply drinking water for half a million residents in northern Ohio. Intense algal blooms, which can release toxins capable of causing severe liver damage, caused a neighboring Ohio community water treatment plant to shut down in September.

Explore options from stricter fertilizer regulations to funding water plant improvements.

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Current targets not enough to stop algal toxins.

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Legal experts say process should provide certainty, not worry, for developers.

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The state will force local agencies to take control but allow them to set goals.

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Photo courtesy of Kris Kaczor / 750 Productions Jean Hill fought to pass the first bottled water ban in the United States in Concord, Massachusetts. Click image to enlarge. By Miles Beauchamp Circle of Blue Divide in Concord — a self-funded documentary about the battle to ban the sale of plastic water bottles in Concord, […]

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Waukesha considered and then drawing its drinking water from the Fox River due to cost, health and environmental issues.

Drinking Water Diversion Proposed For Out Of Basin City

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Despite drying conditions, four states plan additional water projects.

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Hydro Resources, a well-drilling contractor, works around the clock to punch new holes in the Ogallala Aquifer in Kansas. The Ogallala, the primary water source in the Great Plains, is declining because billions of gallons are pumped out each year to irrigate corn, soybeans, wheat, and cotton.

A plan to reduce water use by 20 percent was voted down last week.

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The water advisory group is a casualty of sharp cuts to the Commonwealth’s budget.

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