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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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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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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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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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Jumping Asian Carp

The Supreme Court denied a request by five states that were calling for immediate action to stop invasive Asian carp from infiltrating the Great Lakes. This is the third time that the court has denied an injunction for the Asian carp case.

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Canadian and American advocates join to promote big oversight idea of the “commons.”

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Shiprock, New Mexico: The Navajo Nation — which spans a 70,000-square-kilometer stretch of mesa, sand, and canyons in parts of New Mexico, Utah, and northern Arizona — is the largest and, arguably, the driest American Indian reservation in the United States.

The largest reservation in the U.S. has one of the nation’s highest poverty rates — more than 40 percent — and very little water infrastructure. Many residents pay nearly 50 times the municipal cost for water, which instead is delivered from a tank in the back of a truck, often resulting in water-borne intestinal illnesses.

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CLARK, LINCOLN, AND WHITE PINE COUNTIES GROUNDWATER DEVELOPMENT PROJECT

On Monday, the Nevada state engineer will hear opening arguments in a water-rights case that has been ongoing for more than two decades. If passed, the construction of an extensive infrastructure network could dramatically raise the average monthly water bill for many of the state’s residents, as well as impact public lands and endangered species.

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Cows grazing by the N Fork Powder River

Montana and Wyoming have taken their transboundary water dispute to the Supreme Court. Wyoming won the first round. But others await in a case that will help decide how much water is really available to generate energy and to produce food in one of the nation’s driest regions, as well as who has access to that water.

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The Pleasant Power Station, Willow Island, West Virginia. 1.3 megawatt coal-fired power plant.

The report, one of two ordered by Congress on water and energy, has been delayed for years.

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Residents and lawmakers in Nebraska mull their options for protecting key groundwater sources.

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Preliminary report describes an infant cellulosic biofuels industry with a mandate to grow up fast.

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Au Sable River

Court blocks dumping into a popular fly-fishing stream, sets precedent to protect Michigan waters from pollution.

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Federal judge rejects Asian carp injunction as Congress passes a ban on their import.

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A new era of dam building brings uncertainty to the 50-year-old water truce between India and Pakistan.

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Withheld report was requested and funded by Congress.

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