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Water Law
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Black Volta River

Though three more ratifications are needed before the UN Watercourses Convention has the force of international law, advocates assert that four countries are close: Ireland, Tanzania, the United Kingdom, and Vietnam.

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Pharmaceuticals in the Water Systems Infographic

Though there still is no continuous national program to properly dispose of the 10 to 40 percent of prescription and over-the-counter medications that go unused, a few local governments in California and Washington are leading the charge to find sustainable funding sources.

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Red River Compact

A water rights case to be argued in the U.S. Supreme Court this week has national implications.

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Kansas Geological Survey, infographic, ogallala aquifer, drought

As they have been doing for decades, political leaders and water managers in Kansas are upending Western water law traditions that originated before the state was even part of the Union.

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Music lovers congregate at Hart Plaza Fountain in downtown Detroit during the Movement Electronic MusMusic lovers congregate at Hart Plaza Fountain in downtown Detroit during the Movement Electronic Music Festival in May 2012.ic Festival in May 2012.

There are many questions and few conclusions right now about Detroit’s water system.

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Drought_Forecasting_House_hearing

Only 75 percent of allocated funds have been awarded since Congress created the drought-warning program seven years ago, and future funding remains unclear as NIDIS prepares for Capitol Hill on Thursday.

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The agreement marks a turn in Colorado River management.

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election 2012

Yesterday, American voters in many states and cities around the nation supported hundreds of millions of dollars in water infrastructure investment.

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Sunset in Hetch Hetchy

One week from today, on the first Tuesday in November, American voters will not only choose their representatives. In many states and cities, those casting ballots will also make decisions about their water supply.

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cow

The U.S. farm sector, more productive and richer than ever, is a major water polluter.

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The Hartford, Connecticut riverfront, once polluted and unappealing, now draws nearly a million visitors each year. A riverside plaza, shown here, hosts concerts and festivals and is connected to downtown by a promenade over Interstate 91.

Today, the Clean Water Act is 40 years old. Though it brought substantial benefits to urban areas, water quality problems — some old, some new — persist in the United States.

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A decades-long quarrel over water allocations boils up again during this year’s dry summer, ending in farmer protests and increased security.

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UN-Security-Council

The time is increasingly right for high-level action, the group’s water policy advisor tells Circle of Blue.

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international-river-basin

Progress on the treaty, which deals with transboundary water basins, or those shared by two or more countries, had stalled — until a major conservation group got involved.

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Revenue for the fund would come from taxes on containers and waste products.

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USGS_atrazine-in-streams

Nearly 2,000 communities in the United States will be eligible for money to filter atrazine, a popular weedkiller, from their drinking water.

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Jumping Asian Carp

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is taking steps to speed up its recommendations for keeping invasive species out of the Great Lakes — but will its actions be quick enough to stop Asian carp?

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Great Falls, Montana

Montana may have lost the bottom, but the state was awarded — and entrusted — all that floats to the top as part of a public trust authority to protect water resources.

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Decades in the making, a Navajo-Hopi water rights settlement faces grassroots opposition, as tribe members fear the proposed settlement gives away too much and promises too little.

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The opening of the Morganza spillway resulted almost immediately in the flooding of farmland located within the floodway. Flooding of farmland caked in fertilizer is a threat to the Gulf of Mexico because it could increase the size of the dead-zone.

As the impact of agriculture on water quality intensifies around the globe, two lawsuits in the United States aim to reduce the size of the Gulf of Mexico’s ‘dead zone’ by setting limits on nutrient pollution in the Mississippi River Basin.

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