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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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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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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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Unprepared for more years of drought, basin states work to preserve Lake Powell.

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

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Abe Sanchez, a mechanic at the C.W. Jones Pumping Plant, looks for the source of a small water leak in one of the facility's massive electrical pumps.

A landmark management plan brings together state and federal agencies to prioritize human health, water quality, and fish.

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New research finds that agricultural practices lead to biggest threat to water quality and health in the Great Lakes.

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A legendary freshwater research facility in western Ontario has a new operator.

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California, in the third year of its worst drought ever, faces challenges similar to those of Australia. A panel of water policy experts and Circle of Blue journalists questioned whether the nation’s most populous state has the resolve to enact similar reforms.

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State leaders face infrastructure decisions now that will have consequences for decades.

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