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Farmers are guzzling groundwater while wells of families run dry.

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Lack of testing requirements inhibits more thorough review of drinking water safety.

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New rules seek sustainable use, but the details will be written later by local agencies.

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The U.S. government spends more than $450 million each year to provide water and sanitation to poor and vulnerable populations around the world. It’s the first rule of international development, and it brings health, education, and prosperity. Yet in Detroit — a city under emergency management that is reeling from decades of deindustrialization and neighborhood […]

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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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The spending measure now goes to the voters in November.

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Between $US 13 billion and $US 81 billion will be needed to meet state targets, Circle of Blue finds.

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Current targets not enough to stop algal toxins.

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Toledo crisis prompts calls for action, purchases of testing equipment to safeguard public health.

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Toxin is below detectable levels in region’s drinking water

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Algae toxins poison Lake Erie; 400,000 people without water.

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

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Irrigated agriculture’s march into Midwest and South could increase competition for water.

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

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Groundwater losses during historic drought equal one and a half times the volume of a full Lake Mead.

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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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Click through the interactive spreadsheets to see how phosphorous loading in the Great Lakes region has changed in the last decade and how these trends relate to changes in cropping patterns since the 1950s and land use patterns since the 1980s.

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A breakdown of the different types of phosphorous in Ohio’s Maumee and Sandusky rivers that have led to algal blooms in Lake Erie since the 1970s.

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Record reductions in river flows will be offset by pumping more water from aquifers.

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University of Michigan study provides online video scenarios of fast and expansive movement of oil in two Great Lakes.

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