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Patricia Mulroy, general manager of the Las Vegas Valley Water District and the Southern Nevada Water Authority, addresses the 5th Annual WaterSmart Innovations Conference.

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Silt in the Anacostia River

A sampling of 81,000 images — taken by more than 100 photographers and sponsored by the young EPA — to document the state of the nation’s environment in the 1970s.

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Patricia Mulroy, general manager of the Las Vegas Valley Water District and the Southern Nevada Water Authority, talks with Circle of Blue at the 5th Annual WaterSmart Innovations Conference.

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The Fresh Coast Project, an ambitious 10-year, around-the-lakes journey that captures the Great Lakes on film, was created by photographer Ed Wargin to visualize the lakes and streams as one stunning, connected, living story. But Wargin captures the good with the bad, in this series of exclusive photos showing the pollution he found during his travels.

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The Fresh Coast Project, an ambitious 10-year, around-the-lakes journey that captures the Great Lakes on film, was created by photographer Ed Wargin to visualize the lakes and streams as one stunning, connected, living story.

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While the effects of America’s aging and eroding plumbing and water supply system are readily apparent, what to do about the infrastructure is not.

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Infographic: Timeline of American Water Infrastructure Development (1651-2011)

In the United States, turning on the tap and receiving clean water is viewed as so basic to the quality of life that Americans take it for granted. But, as this detailed and interactive timeline shows, it has been a long road to supply running water to virtually every household in the country, and maintaining these investments continues into the modern era.

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Infographic: American Plumbing — Tapping Into Water Infrastructure

At least 85 percent of Americans use a municipal water system for drinking water or sewer services. This interactive infographic explains how water moves to and from your tap.

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Infographic: Unprescribed — Drugs in the Water Cycle

In 2009, 3.9 billion prescriptions were dispensed in the United States, and an estimated 10 to 40 percent of medicines are not used. With 78 million baby boomers reaching the age when prescription drug use will increase, how will this affect environmental and drinking water?

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Interactive Map: U.S. Cities Acting Now to Reduce Water Risk from Climate Change

A report from the Natural Resources Defense Council describes water threats and adaptations in a dozen American cities.

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Infographic: American Arsenic

Arsenic is both naturally occurring and artificially produced, and the toxin is very dangerous since it often has no color, taste, or smell. This graphic breaks down how arsenic gets into drinking water supplies and how arsenic affects the U.S. on the state level.

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Going the Distance for Water

In many cities, water travels far to reach the tap. Residents of the planet’s driest places rely on extensive waterways to deliver their supply. Click through the interactive infographic below to learn more about 10 cities that pipe water in from distant aquifers, plus additional plans to expand waterway networks even further.

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Coal Tar Pollution Map New York

Testing new methods to remove residual coal tar from riverbeds in New York.

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breaking point

Completed in 1935, Hoover Dam supplies electricity to 29 million people in Arizona, California and Nevada.

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Following Circle of Blue’s survey of water prices, we examine the wastewater costs of the same 30 major cities.

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The documentary “Gasland” has shown at film festivals and on HBO.

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A visualization of water use by U.S. state in the year 2000.

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