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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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The Global Rundown The drought in Puerto Rico is so severe that the territory is cutting school days in some areas and asking the U.S. Department of Defense for relief. President Obama signed the Drinking Water Protection Act, which seeks to safeguard human health from algal toxins in places like the Great Lakes. The U.S. […]

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Unlike previous eras, Congress has avoided adjusting the law to manage new conditions.

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Circle of Blue reporter Codi Kozacek summarizes the major steps taken to reduce toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie.

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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

Pipeline owner criticized for lapses in inspection and disclosure.

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The Global Rundown A large sum of money has been set aside to keep invasive Asian Carp out of the Great Lakes ecosystem. A group of scientists have published guidelines for ecosystem service payments. The government of Tanzania is giving its citizens free land to move out of flood-prone areas. “This is not the first time the […]

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The Straits of Mackinac, which separate Michigan’s Upper and Lower Peninsula, are the site of one of the most famous water crossings in the United States – the five-mile-long Mackinac Bridge, which opened in 1957. But four years before, in 1953, Enbridge Inc., the Canadian energy transport company, installed two 20-inch steel pipelines across the straits to ship oil and natural gas liquids to refineries and processing plants in Sarnia, Ontario, and to southeast Michigan.

Michigan will reveal information about energy-transport network under the Straits of Mackinac.

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The Global Rundown Tanzania plans to protect its electricity generation by barring other water users from diverting supplies at two hydropower sites. Iraq’s southern marshes are drying out again as Islamic State militants alter the flow of the Euphrates River. The Panama Canal’s newly expanded locks were filled earlier this month, flash floods and landslides […]

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To limit toxic algae blooms, the United States and Canada will need to reduce nutrient pollution by 40 percent.

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After a slow start this spring, nutrient pollution accelerated over the past week in Lake Erie.

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State and provincial leaders act to end danger to Lake Erie, which has suffered from a resurgence of nutrient pollution and toxic algae outbreaks over the past decade.

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The Global Rundown A United States plan would provide rainfall and temperature data to help developing countries prepare for climate change. The United Nations secretary-general reiterated the importance of keeping water on the international development agenda, and officials from the Middle East and Northern Africa raised concerns about water conservation in their region. Michigan unveiled […]

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The Global Rundown Ancient water systems in Oman are drying up, China’s infrastructure system wastes much of the hydropower it generates, and southern Asia is preparing for possible food price inflation due to an El Nino. Leaky pipes can introduce contaminants to water systems, researchers in the United Kingdom found. An initiative in the Great […]

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Across continents and hemispheres, a growing list of human and environmental pressures threaten the world’s largest lakes, inhibiting their ability to supply water, drive economic activity, preserve biodiversity, and sustain communities.

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Lana Pollack is the U.S. Chair of the International Joint Commission

Lana Pollack, U.S. Chair of the IJC, talks with Circle of Blue last month in Chicago about some of the most pressing issues in the Great Lakes region.

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The Rundown Senators discussed Indian water rights, while a House committee heard complaints from states over stream protection rule. Western states received $US 50 million for water conservation and recycling. NOAA issued the first algae forecast of the year. Two reports assessed climate adaptation by federal agencies. Yakima River Basin water availability declines. The Senate […]

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The Global Rundown Researchers in Switzerland found links between warming global temperatures and the frequency of extreme rainfall events. The United States lowered the recommended level of fluoride in drinking water. Reduced hydropower could increase the risk of power brownouts in the western United States this summer, and unrealistic water transfer ideas abound in California. […]

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Ohio passes its first regulations on farm practices and wastewater discharges since the Toledo drinking water crisis eight months ago.

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Savannah container terminal is a modern maritime showcase; Savannah River gets dirtier.

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New legislative proposal focuses on less expensive, short-term fixes.

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