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Algae toxins present in seven lakes, reservoirs and rivers that supply drinking water to 1 million people.

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The Rundown Budget deal preserves water infrastructure spending and includes guidelines for financing large dams abroad. NOAA scientists examine the causes of the California drought while the House passes drought legislation. The Ogallala Aquifer continues shrinking and ecosystems along the Mexico-U.S. border need comprehensive solutions. Seven rivers will get protected status and the Great Lakes […]

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The Global Rundown Contaminated well water killed and sickened people in Somalia’s capital, while water service in the Maldives’ capital is expected to resume next week. In Lima, shrinking glaciers are taking a toll on water supply, and experts at climate talks in the city are urging action to protect mangroves. Great Lakes water levels […]

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The Global Rundown Rain is falling in California, but the state will need a lot more of it to break a three-year drought. Vietnam is predicting drought in the Mekong Delta next year, while Great Lakes water levels are rising. China is spending billions on a new fund to fight pollution, and Kiribati is pessimistic […]

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The Rundown Lawmakers asked questions about toxic algae and international water conflicts, while regulators looked at liquefied natural gas terminals and pipelines. The Supreme Court appointed two special masters for interstate water lawsuits, and the president’s climate task force released adaptation recommendations. “Some may believe that the solution to this drinking water problem is a […]

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Quest for protein and profits invites challenge about pollution and waste.

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Drinking water summit focuses on Toledo water crisis.

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DianchiLakeAlgae

Expensive research and cleanup efforts make little headway.

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A new member of the Circle of Blue team introduces herself.

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Grass carp Aquatic Invasive species Asian carp Lake Erie U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Great Lakes Threat

Using invasive carp already present in Lake Erie, agencies practice response for more damaging species.

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Lake Erie algae alive and well.

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In a set of draft guidelines meant to improve federal environmental reviews of new projects and policies, the White House Council on Environmental Quality recommended three circumstances in which broad “programmatic” analyses should be undertaken: 1) before setting national or regional rules 2) before adopting a plan for managing multiple resources 3) before making decisions […]

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Current targets not enough to stop algal toxins.

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Algae toxins poison Lake Erie; 400,000 people without water.

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Algal bloom season is here. These tools will help you keep track.

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Data provided by the City of Waukesha and given to Circle of Blue by Steve Edlund show clearly that water levels in the City’s deep aquifer supply are rising, not falling as Waukesha officials assert in an application to draw its water from the Great Lakes.

City’s case for diverting Great Lakes Water appears significantly weakened.

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AcresofCrops

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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The House Appropriations Committee passed a $US 34 billion bill on Thursday to fund the Department of Energy, the Department of the Interior, which handles western U.S. water matters, and the Army Corps of Engineers, which is in charge of many levees, dams, and wetlands. The White House threatened to veto the bill, making several […]

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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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Toxic Algae

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

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