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Groundwater losses during historic drought equal one and a half times the volume of a full Lake Mead.

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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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Record reductions in river flows will be offset by pumping more water from aquifers.

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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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Lake continues trend of harmful and unsightly effect of nutrient pollution.

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Waukesha considered and then drawing its drinking water from the Fox River due to cost, health and environmental issues.

Drinking Water Diversion Proposed For Out Of Basin City

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Despite drying conditions, four states plan additional water projects.

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Irrigation brought fat harvests to the plains. But the water is disappearing.

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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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A golden circle, this one near Edson, Kansas, is the tell-tale sign of an irrigated corn field ready for harvest. Farmers in the Great Plains produce some of the highest corn yields in the world thanks in part to abundant water supplies from the Ogallala Aquifer. The aquifer, however, is draining away because more water is pumped out than filters back in.

Using less water for agriculture is an idea spreading across the Great Plains.

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Pipelines and canals buy some cities a ticket out of water stress — for now.

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Farmers are slowly drying up the nation’s largest underground source of fresh water.

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Strong winds and dry soils are a frightful combination.

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