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As water availability data starts coming in, this year’s water allocations and the potential consequences for irrigation, hydropower, wildfires, and flooding are being assessed — La Niña weather patterns have returned this year, but water supply conditions generally are not as extreme as they were 2011.

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Water Pollution Hydraulic fracturing for shale gas should take place at least 600 meters down from aquifers used for water supplies, according to a new study published in the journal Marine and Petroleum Geology, the Press Association reported. Heavy municipal and industrial pollution in a river in the Indonesian province of West Java is threatening […]

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The Murray-Darling Draft Plan The Murray-Darling River Basin draft plan is likely to trigger another round of legal arguments over state water entitlements, according to Adelaide Now. The states of New South Wales and Victoria have rejected the plan — which recommends returning 2,750 gigaliters of water a year to the river system — arguing […]

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NASA Satellite image of Lake Poyang

Urban waste and falling water levels signaled a rough start to 2012 for some of the world’s largest and most iconic freshwater lakes.

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Haste and Waste The Commission on America’s Nuclear Future released its report on how to handle the nation’s growing pile of nuclear waste. Co-chaired by Lee Hamilton, a former Congressman, and Brent Scowcroft, a former National Security Advisor, the commission made numerous recommendations that would require action from the administration or Congress. Since halting work […]

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Chicago’s Sewers The sewer district for metropolitan Chicago has set a timetable for a completing a four-decade-old tunnel and reservoir project that will reduce sewer overflows into Lake Michigan, according to an agreement signed in December with the U.S. Justice Department. By 2029 the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District must complete the remaining two reservoirs in […]

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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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La Nina Winter Soaks

Western states confront potential for floods and wildfires.

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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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A British energy company has begun drilling for shale gas in Lancashire, UPI reports. Great Britain’s hydraulic fracking debut raises more questions about the future of shale gas extraction in Europe. Reuters gives a breakdown of the energy issues facing the United States. The country plans to decrease its oil imports by one-third in a […]

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

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In 2008 journalist and photographer Jon Waterman spent five months traveling the Colorado River to understand the extent of its shrinking.

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Southeast could learn from Southwest

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Plans for a major freshwater pipeline for the Las Vegas Valley hit a legal roadblock.
A ruling from Nevada’s Supreme Court last week has threatened the fate of a massive pipeline project once hailed as critical to Las Vegas’ freshwater supply

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SCOTTSDALE, Arizona — Or perhaps a yellow light. As the sun rises over Lake Mead, a new study suggests that the water body may not dry up as soon as a February study projected.

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Profligate use hurts in unexpected places Quest for new supplies nationwide

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In an interview with Circle of Blue, Tim Barnett discuses the falling levels in Lake Mead and the potential impact it could have on the American Southwest.

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