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Water Law

More than half of the country’s lakes and rivers are not meeting water quality standards.

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Landscape

Seminal water law does not address nation’s emerging water pollution challenges.

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CWR_03

Agencies are going after polluters with smaller staffs and less money.

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THE COACHELLA VALLEY, CALIFORNIA, AUGUST 2009: The main recharge Dyke for the Coachella Valley, California, August 10 2009.  This dyke serves to maintain the Aquifer upon which Coachella depends, adding water to it protects the water source and protects the surrounding infrastructure from possible subsidence. (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images.)

A court test of federal water law by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians has implications for the American West.

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OhioFertilizerLaw02

Ohio passes its first regulations on farm practices and wastewater discharges since the Toledo drinking water crisis eight months ago.

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MSRiverDelta02

Court decision makes it easier for EPA to leave nutrient pollution control to Mississippi River Basin states.

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DesMoineswinter

Farming practices are adding harmful nitrates to Iowa’s Raccoon River. The capital city’s water utility will vote at a March 10 board meeting to proceed with a Clean Water Act lawsuit.

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CWR_wetland

EPA’s Clean Water Rule confronts deep-rooted farm resistance.

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SherrodBrown

After last summer’s toxic algae outbreak, safe drinking water is a priority again in Ohio, the state that spurred the Clean Water Act four decades ago.

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DesMoines716

Iowa’s largest city will sue three upstream counties to reduce nitrate contamination.

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The EPA has issued 13 vetoes since the passing of the Clean Water Act.

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Using public trust doctrine, communities restore streams diverted for more than 100 years.

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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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