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Failing septic systems produce disease outbreaks, algae blooms, and ecosystem damage.

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Over the last quarter century, and with quickening resolve during the last decade, Oakland underwent a city makeover.  Ardently supported by residents and business executives, the city steadily injected much more ecologically sensitive operating practices into its operating systems – from waste management to transit, energy efficient building codes to carbon-limiting port and electrical utility operations. Downtown open spaces now are alive with business and civic energy.

Quality of life and economy thrives with greater care for water, energy, air, and waste.

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Absorbent soils yields big benefits for air and water.

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National Wildlife Federation says federal agency has allowed pipelines to operate illegally for two decades.

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/northcharleston/21352738444/ The aftermath of the flooding in North Charleston, South Carolina caused by over 15 inches of rainfall resulting from Hurricane Joaquin.

Lawsuit requires EPA to address one of the largest water pollution sources in the country.

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Elynn Walter is the sustainability director at WASH Advocates, a Washington, D.C.-based initiative that aims to increase awareness of the global water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) challenge and solutions, and to increase the amount and effectiveness of resources devoted to those solutions throughout the developing world. She talks with Circle of Blue about the Sustainable Development subgoal to achieve universal drinking water access.

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Circle of Blue Senior Editor Keith Schneider puts an eventful week into a global perspective.

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Giulio Boccaletti is the global managing director for water at The Nature Conservancy. He talks with Circle of Blue about the Sustainable Development subgoal to protect and restore water-related ecosystems and how it represents a shift in thinking about how to provide communities with safe water.

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For the first time, international leaders meeting in New York City this weekend will consider a dedicated goal for water.

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Mark Giordano is the director of the Program in Science, Technology and International Affairs at Georgetown University. He researches natural resources management and has written extensively about water management in developing countries. He talks with Circle of Blue about the Sustainable Development subgoal to implement integrated water resources management.

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Bill Christiansen, program manager for the Chicago-based Alliance for Water Efficiency, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the efficient and sustainable use of water, talks with Circle of Blue about the subgoal to improve water efficiency.

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Software company uses data to reboot the venerable water utility.

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Circle of Blue Senior Editor Keith Schneider discusses how new energy-efficient, water-conserving, land-protecting operating principles are slowly becoming priorities around the world.

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More than half of the country’s lakes and rivers are not meeting water quality standards.

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With exceptions like California and Australia, regions and cities shape resilient adaptations to water security.

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Record heat in 2015 is melting glaciers at an eye-popping pace.

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Second largest U.S. city confronts new era of water scarcity with innovations on a new scale.

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Seminal water law does not address nation’s emerging water pollution challenges.

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Natural resources agencies have the authority to change practices on their own, conservation groups argue.

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Climate change models have long predicted a drying West. In California, the future has arrived.

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