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Completed in 1935, Hoover Dam supplies electricity to 29 million people in Arizona, California and Nevada.

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Because the outlook for Colorado River reservoirs gets gloomier every month, I might soon have to drop the question mark from this subheading. Why? The July 24-month study from the Bureau of Reclamation forecasts that a first-ever water shortage on the iconic river could be declared as soon as April 2015. A shortage is triggered […]

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The Environmental Protection Agency released the volume-standards for renewable fuel production in 2013. Ten percent of all transportation fuel will come from renewable sources, which works out to 62.65 billion liters (16.55 billion gallons) from conventional biofuel and 53 million liters (14 million gallons) of cellulosic biofuel. Other contributions to the standard come from bio-diesel […]

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Colorado River 23 Swimming Pools

A bird’s eye view of the Colorado River demonstrates how persistent drought conditions affect the basin and how the southern Nevada region manages its share of what trickles down.

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Patricia Mulroy, general manager of the Las Vegas Valley Water District and the Southern Nevada Water Authority, talks with Circle of Blue at the 5th Annual WaterSmart Innovations Conference.

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At the forefront of a national trend, this region is already suffering from intense conflicts that willy only worsen with climate change and population growth. However, the report also highlights several ways to dramatically reduce the water requirements for electricity generation.

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Wastewater Standards The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a schedule for regulating wastewater from shale gas drilling and from coalbed methane extraction. The agency will publish draft rules for public comment in 2013 for coalbed methane and in 2014 for shale gas. The longer timetable for shale gas owes to the greater amount of data […]

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Lake Mead Water level Issues

The reservoir is expected to rise nearly 30 feet, and power output at the Hoover Dam will increase as well.

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Digital Controls Improve Energy Efficiency

Mechanical parts from the 1950s are being replaced with digital controls at three dams.

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For years, the state took as much water as it could from Lake Mead; now it plans to leave some in the reservoir.

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Think you know all there is to know about the intersection between water and energy? Take the Choke Point: US quiz to find out.

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What happens if Lake Mead drops too low to generate electricity at Hoover Dam?

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Profligate use hurts in unexpected places Quest for new supplies nationwide

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