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Shale gas basins in Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, and the Appalachian region use the most water per well.

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The Straits of Mackinac, which separate Michigan’s Upper and Lower Peninsula, are the site of one of the most famous water crossings in the United States – the five-mile-long Mackinac Bridge, which opened in 1957. But four years before, in 1953, Enbridge Inc., the Canadian energy transport company, installed two 20-inch steel pipelines across the straits to ship oil and natural gas liquids to refineries and processing plants in Sarnia, Ontario, and to southeast Michigan.

Michigan will reveal information about energy transport network under the Straits of Mackinac.

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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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Tulare County continues to be the center of the drought’s drinking water crisis.

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After a slow start this spring, nutrient pollution accelerated over the past week in Lake Erie.

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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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A lawsuit, an official’s resignation, and failed legislative proposals marked the beginning of June.

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Increasing block rates garner closer attention.

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States look to delay mandatory water restrictions and preserve hydropower generation.

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Lawmakers seek to make public a trove of groundwater data.

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Lana Pollack is the U.S. Chair of the International Joint Commission

Lana Pollack, U.S. Chair of the IJC, talks with Circle of Blue last month in Chicago about some of the most pressing issues in the Great Lakes region.

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State and federal authorities move to tame use of aquifers as oil field dumps.

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Groundwater, food imports, low fuel prices, and a strong American dollar have more influence on prices than drought.

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Cities must cut water use by 25 percent in 2015.

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No comprehensive data exist on agricultural water consumption.

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Infographic: CA Water Withdrawals

A breakdown of where California’s water is used most, from fracking and Nestle’s bottling plant to almonds and lawns.

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Debate demonstrates the power of water in the drying American West.

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Rock barriers will deflect saltwater intrusion in California’s most important water body.

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