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Click through the interactive Google Fusion Tables infographic to see how planting trends have been affected by time, as well as how irrigated acreage has changed over the last two decades.

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Click through the interactive Google Fusion Tables infographic to see how water use has changed over the last two decades, as well as how these trends relate to fluctuation of groundwater tables within the Ogallala Aquifer since the 1940s.

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Farmers are slowly drying up the nation’s largest underground source of fresh water.

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Blooms occur in Lake Erie’s western basin, Lake Michigan’s Green Bay and Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay.

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Strong winds and dry soils are a frightful combination.

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The current three-year dry cycle is the state’s worst ever.

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One of the world’s largest canal systems moves billions of gallons of water to where it does not naturally flow.

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Watch this tutorial to learn how to use Circle of Blue’s Google Fusion Tables maps that show changes in California’s water use over the last two decades and how these trends relate to population demographics and water contamination from arsenic.

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Watch this short tutorial to learn how to use Qlikview’s tool that was endorsed by the White House Climate Initiative.

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Click through the interactive Google Fusion Tables infographic to see how water pollution in California’s Central Valley has changed in the last decade and how these trends relate to population demographics.

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Click through the interactive Google Fusion Tables infographic to see how California’s water use has changed over the last two decades and how these trends relate to population demographics and water contamination.

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Fancy machinery and irrigation systems that pull millions of gallons per day from the nation’s largest aquifer have transformed the High Plains. But at what cost? Circle of Blue’s Brett Walton spoke with Julene Bair, author of The Ogallala Road, a memoir of a life shaped by land and water.

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Click through the interactive Qlikview infographic to see how California’s water levels have changed over the last two decades.

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Covering about 88 percent of the lakes on February 13, the ice has implications for water levels, shipping and fisheries.

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When layered, weekly images of the U.S. Drought Monitor for California show how much worse this drought is than any in the past decade.

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Spill shut down drinking water for 300,000 people.

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A golden circle, this one near Edson, Kansas, is the tell-tale sign of an irrigated corn field ready for harvest. Farmers in the Great Plains produce some of the highest corn yields in the world thanks in part to abundant water supplies from the Ogallala Aquifer. The aquifer, however, is draining away because more water is pumped out than filters back in.

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An overview map of the Central Valley project at the C.W. Jones Pumping Plant, a federal facility which supplies water to the project's network of irrigation canals and reservoirs.

Less snowmelt from Sierra Nevada leads to more pumping of Central Valley’s contaminated groundwater.

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Circle of Blue director J. Carl Ganter recently sat on a panel about water, environment, and food security in Colombia. See his take on this drama’s main characters in photos that he took in Cartegena’s poorest neighborhoods and how they relate to the global picture.

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infographic: Wealth of the Nile

Controversy over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, which will become the largest dam in Africa when it is completed in 2017, stems from a long history of disputes along the Nile River’s 10 countries.

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