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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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Sierra Nevada snowpack, a major part of California’s water supply equation, is near record lows.

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Increased heat and water scarcity will limit food production. Farmers and food markets can adapt, but only to a point.

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To meet rising demands for both resources, greater harmony will be necessary.

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From soil to stratosphere, scientific understanding of the water cycle will take a giant leap in 2014.

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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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Plans to stop the invasive fish are costly, and most take more than 10 years to complete.

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

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During presentations this week at the annual fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union, researchers at the University of California, Irvine, announced that the region’s most visible signs of drought – shrinking reservoirs – are dwarfed by groundwater losses.

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

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A new study shows grass carp reproduced at least once in the Sandusky River, but it cannot confirm an established population.

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The dust of Egypt’s leadership transition has barely begun to settle, and already the new government is working to forestall any loss in supply or access to the Nile’s waters. Meanwhile, Ethiopia continues upstream with one of the largest hydropower projects in the world.

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Nation’s Ministry of Environment turns to Circle of Blue and the Wilson Center’s China Environment Forum for help.

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Scientists estimate that 99 percent of methane hydrates are buried in seabed in deep water.

Though methane hydrate, a newly discovered unconventional natural gas reserve, is seen as an alternative to coal-fueled power, the technology for tapping deepwater supplies is not yet viable.

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The Rapid Destruction of the Mesopotamian Marshlands

Saddam Hussein’s legacy includes draining Iraq’s Mesopotamian Marshland, an integral part of the Tigris-Euphrates River Basin and once the third-largest wetland in the world. Now, the Biblical Garden of Eden is the site of the war-weary nation’s first and only national park.

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The Rapid Destruction of the Mesopotamian Marshlands

The inauguration of Iraq’s first national park earlier this summer represents a step toward national rebuilding for the war-torn country. But restoration of Iraq’s marshes also offers a grander vision for regional water cooperation throughout the Middle East and elsewhere.

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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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EPA proposes tougher federal wastewater guidelines, while electricity generation turns from coal to gas. Photo courtesy of Brent Moore via Flickr Creative Commons A 2008 coal-ash pond failure at the Kingston Fossil Plant in Tennessee spilled 4.1 million cubic meters (5.4 million cubic yards) of wet coal ash into surrounding communities. While the EPA’s proposed […]

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In the short term, water prices would rise and groundwater pumping would increase. In the long term, demand would have to drop.

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