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Plans to stop the invasive fish are costly, and most take more than 10 years to complete.

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A new study from the World Resources Institute shows the connection between crops and water scarcity.

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During presentations this week at the annual fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union, researchers at the University of California, Irvine, announced that the region’s most visible signs of drought – shrinking reservoirs – are dwarfed by groundwater losses.

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With the amount of reliable water in reservoirs shrinking, water agencies set sights on groundwater transfers and more reservoirs.

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A new study shows grass carp reproduced at least once in the Sandusky River, but it cannot confirm an established population.

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In addition to reducing demand from its key aquifer, Kansas wants to study the cost of importing water to the High Plains. But will this cause conflict with neighboring states that also use the river?

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A pilot project will test how much water can be saved by not growing crops.

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Pharmaceuticals in the Water Systems Infographic

Though there still is no continuous national program to properly dispose of the 10 to 40 percent of prescription and over-the-counter medications that go unused, a few local governments in California and Washington are leading the charge to find sustainable funding sources.

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Not all is gloom and doom for the famed underground water resource that lubricates farm economies in the Great Plains.

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EPA proposes tougher federal wastewater guidelines, while electricity generation turns from coal to gas. Photo courtesy of Brent Moore via Flickr Creative Commons A 2008 coal-ash pond failure at the Kingston Fossil Plant in Tennessee spilled 4.1 million cubic meters (5.4 million cubic yards) of wet coal ash into surrounding communities. While the EPA’s proposed […]

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Colorado River

In the short term, water prices would rise and groundwater pumping would increase. In the long term, demand would have to drop.

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Just before sunrise, New York City’s skyline is reflected in the Hudson River. The world has roughly 30 megacities, including New York, which is one of two in the United States — Los Angeles being the other. Megacities are defined as metropolitan areas with populations that are greater than 10 million.

Danish documentary explores the beating human heart of cities but fails to examine water in the urban landscape.

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Growing agricultural sectors pose problems for water management and ecosystems.

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The state aims to turn an old problem into an asset.

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A U.S. Geological Survey hydrologist shows the way to smarter cuts and better data collection.

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Reservoirs are nearly empty, wells are being drilled deeper, and litigation abounds.

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Most of the water evaporated from soils, according to new research using satellite data.

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Oil is cleaned off a bird at a animal rehabilitation center following the 2010 oil spill near Marshall, Michigan. The largest inland spill in U.S. history originated from Enbridge's ruptured Line 6B.

Three studies reach differing conclusions about the vulnerability of water and land

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Enbridge Inc., based in Calgary, is the largest shipper of Canadian crude oil, built and operates the twin, 20-inch-diameter steel pipelines, about 1,000 feet apart, that cross the Straits of Mackinac in northern Michigan. The company's holdings include this tank farm in Edmonton, Alberta. Photo/Keith Schneider

A rally in St. Ignace on July 14 draws attention to the risks of ruptures and leaks when transporting fossil fuels through the Great Lakes.

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Marcellus shale drilling site

A Duke University study finds methane in drinking water wells, along with two additional gases associated only with shale gas extraction.

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