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Unprepared for more years of drought, basin states work to preserve Lake Powell.

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U.S. agency moves to restrict development in Bristol Bay watershed.

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Abe Sanchez, a mechanic at the C.W. Jones Pumping Plant, looks for the source of a small water leak in one of the facility's massive electrical pumps.

A landmark management plan brings together state and federal agencies to prioritize human health, water quality, and fish.

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A legendary freshwater research facility in western Ontario has a new operator.

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A treacherous mountain range unleashes a torrent of water, mud, and boulders that was long anticipated and willfully ignored.

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Sierra Nevada snowpack, a major part of California’s water supply equation, is near record lows.

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Increased heat and water scarcity will limit food production. Farmers and food markets can adapt, but only to a point.

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To meet rising demands for both resources, greater harmony will be necessary.

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California, in the third year of its worst drought ever, faces challenges similar to those of Australia. A panel of water policy experts and Circle of Blue journalists questioned whether the nation’s most populous state has the resolve to enact similar reforms.

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Like a human pulse, reservoirs are the most obvious indicator of a water supply system’s health. Qlik and Circle of Blue’s interactive dashboard shows both current conditions and historical trends for major reservoirs in Australia and California.

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State leaders face infrastructure decisions now that will have consequences for decades.

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How should California respond to its water challenge? Join the Conversation

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Toxic Algae

Curbing harmful algal blooms and oxygen-deprived dead zones in the Great Lakes requires pollution to be drastically reduced.

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Poisoned water shut down state capital and exposed endemic carelessness in oversight.

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Benefits go to agriculture, but won’t help cities.

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Gov. Jerry Brown introduced a $US 687 million emergency spending bill Wednesday as his office works on comprehensive groundwater reform.

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California’s severe drought is forcing the nation’s largest state to reconcile old assumptions about water supply and management with the reality of long-term drying trends, declining groundwater, and polluted drinking water, according to an expert panel of scientists and journalists convened during a Circle of Blue interactive drought briefing conference call on February 13.

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California’s record drought prompts water districts to increase conservation spending, drain rainy day funds, and dramatically swell water rates.

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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.

President Obama urges cooperation. But Republican opposition and a maze of state plans are causing a frantic confusion, while vulnerable farmers see immediate and long-term pain.

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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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