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The Global Rundown Worsening water stress was identified by the World Economic Forum as one of the top global trends to watch next year. Water stress has prompted Georgia to sue the U.S. government, while water stress in California is being exacerbated by illegal marijuana operations. Singapore’s smart water grid is reducing leaks and water […]

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South America A new billboard in Peru is creating fresh water from the air, helping to supply local communities, according to the Global Post. Though the area typically receives very little rainfall, the billboard takes advantage of the region’s high humidity. In an effort to clean up oil projects in the Amazon, Peru has declared […]

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The drought that set upon the United States this year has tightened a three-state tug-of-war over fresh water, affecting marine life and a valuable fishing economy downstream in the Deep South’s Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin, the most biodiverse river system in North America.

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Spider lilies fill the banks of the upper Flint River, near Thomaston, Georgia. Alabama and Florida also share the river basin, which the three states have quarreled over for more than two decades.

Just as it was five years ago, a record-breaking drought is evident in Georgia. But has the state become more resilient through changes to water management policies?

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Tough verdict on Rio+20 from author George Monbiot: governments have given up on the planet, he writes for the Guardian. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday secured metro Atlanta’s claim to water from Lake Lanier, granting Georgia a big legal victory in its long-standing water rights dispute with Florida and Alabama, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. […]

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Swift Slough, one of the many sloughs that feed the ecologically important floodplain along the Apalachicola River, should be under a few feet of water.

Reporter Codi Yeager visits the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin, where a severe drought is putting pressure on vital freshwater supplies for farms, cities, industries, and ecosystems in three Southeast states.

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The Price of Water 2012

Rates have increased in many cities, but local conditions dictate by how much and how the increase is distributed. Chicago prices are up nearly 25 percent, while Los Angeles is down by 9 percent.

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Hundreds of billions of dollars are needed for renovation and improvement. But what projects will be chosen, and who will pay?

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Georgia officials are smiling after Tuesday’s verdict from a federal appeals panel that overturns a lower court’s ruling that metro Atlanta does not have legal authority to use Lake Lanier for its water supply. The Associated Press reports that the Army Corps of Engineers, which operates the reservoir, will re-evaluate Atlanta’s request for water under […]

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Farmers around the world should brace for higher temperatures and more frequent droughts, as climate change is reducing water availability and melting glaciers will eventually cut water supplies in major producing areas, Reuters reported, citing the the Food and Agriculture Organization. The U.S. Geological Survey projects that warming and snowpack decline in the Rocky Mountains […]

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Atlanta vs. Alabama and Florida A court case over the fate of Atlanta’s water supply seems to be heading for a ruling in the city’s favor, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. During arguments Wednesday in Atlanta, a three-judge panel for the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals indicated that they would overturn a lower court’s decision […]

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Following Circle of Blue’s survey of water prices, we examine the wastewater costs of the same 30 major cities.

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There’s nothing like a fiscal deficit to prompt municipal leaders to think hard about how to save money. Everything is on the table and no city service or asset is untouchable. So last November when the mayor of Carbondale, Illinois made several suggestions for bailing out the cash-strapped city, the idea of selling the municipal water and sewer system gained serious traction.

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Lake Lanier 2012 Deadline LoomsMetro Atlanta’s water supply will be drastically cut if no solutions are found.

A state water panel has determined that Georgia does not have the time or money to meet a 2012 deadline for finding new water sources for metro Atlanta.

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With floods across the Midwest, droughts along the Southwest, and legal skirmishes in the West and South—water issues are dividing the United States and challenging its citizens like never before. As first reported by Circle of Blue in July 2008, increasing competition for diminishing water supplies is driving the United States into an era of water scarcity.

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Congress solidifies a federal judge’s ruling to settle a 20-year-old dispute.

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According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a federal judge has given Georgia three years to stop withdrawing water from a federal reservoir.

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A District Court judge in the southeastern United States has just described our water problems with stunning clarity.

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ATLANTA — It might be raining in Georgia, but the southeastern United States continues to feel the impacts of drought. Now the media is also weighing in.

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The Bush Administration has weakened the maw of the Clean Water Act, a number of environmentalists and congressmen believe. They hope that President-Elect Barack Obama can provide a quality set of dentures and a stronger jaw for the legislation.

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