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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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New research finds that agricultural practices lead to biggest threat to water quality and health in the Great Lakes.

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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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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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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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The National Integrated Drought Information System puts federal data in the hands of farmers, state officials, and businesses.

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

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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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