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Using invasive carp already present in Lake Erie, agencies practice response for more damaging species.

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Attorneys and finance specialists collect tens of millions in fees.

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Lack of testing requirements inhibits more thorough review of drinking water safety.

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Where the Maumee River feeds into Lake Erie, the city of Toledo relies on the lake to supply drinking water for half a million residents in northern Ohio. Intense algal blooms, which can release toxins capable of causing severe liver damage, caused a neighboring Ohio community water treatment plant to shut down in September.

Explore options from stricter fertilizer regulations to funding water plant improvements.

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Current targets not enough to stop algal toxins.

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Toledo crisis prompts calls for action, purchases of testing equipment to safeguard public health.

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Toxin is below detectable levels in region’s drinking water

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Algae toxins poison Lake Erie; 400,000 people without water.

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Legal experts say process should provide certainty, not worry, for developers.

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Photo courtesy of Kris Kaczor / 750 Productions Jean Hill fought to pass the first bottled water ban in the United States in Concord, Massachusetts. Click image to enlarge. By Miles Beauchamp Circle of Blue Divide in Concord — a self-funded documentary about the battle to ban the sale of plastic water bottles in Concord, […]

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Click through the interactive spreadsheets to see how phosphorous loading in the Great Lakes region has changed in the last decade and how these trends relate to changes in cropping patterns since the 1950s and land use patterns since the 1980s.

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A breakdown of the different types of phosphorous in Ohio’s Maumee and Sandusky rivers that have led to algal blooms in Lake Erie since the 1970s.

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University of Michigan study provides online video scenarios of fast and expansive movement of oil in two Great Lakes.

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Completed in 1935, Hoover Dam supplies electricity to 29 million people in Arizona, California and Nevada.

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Along the 1,800-mile river basin,locals wrestle with water demands.

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Despite drying conditions, four states plan additional water projects.

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When layered, maps of annual precipitation in Texas and Kansas show the stark moisture division in the United States between the wet East and the dry West running through the Great Plains.

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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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Hydro Resources, a well-drilling contractor, works around the clock to punch new holes in the Ogallala Aquifer in Kansas. The Ogallala, the primary water source in the Great Plains, is declining because billions of gallons are pumped out each year to irrigate corn, soybeans, wheat, and cotton.

A plan to reduce water use by 20 percent was voted down last week.

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