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A new pumping station would draw water from the bottom of a shrinking Lake Mead.

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Despite drying conditions, four states plan additional water projects.

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In the short term, water prices would rise and groundwater pumping would increase. In the long term, demand would have to drop.

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The exurbs of Minnesota’s Twin Cities are the latest examples of the boom and bust cycle.

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A Utah water quality board approved the first commercial tar sands project in the U.S. Wednesday, opening a largely undeveloped area in Utah’s eastern desert to production next year. A Canadian company called U.S. Oil Sands Inc., the Deseret News reported, aims to start production of 2,000 barrels of oil next year. Contaminated Water in […]

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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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Climate change will have the greatest economic effect on crops in the Midwest’s Corn Belt states, where annual loses could range from US$1.1 billion to US$4.1 billion by 2030. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service used four climate projections, a crop-growth simulation, and a model for predicting how farmers would change their crop […]

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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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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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Water rates will be slowly but steadily rising in the United States, and water utilities across the nation are likely to issue more debt to renew and expand their pipelines, Reuters reported, citing a panel of experts at a forum in Las Vegas. Water shortages could also become worse in the coming years, even in […]

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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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There is enough fresh water in the world to meet the soaring global food demand in the next decades, yet the problem is its inefficient use, AFP reported, citing a study released at the World Water Congress in Brazil and published in the journal Water International. The Southern Nevada Water Authority’s plans to build a […]

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CLARK, LINCOLN, AND WHITE PINE COUNTIES GROUNDWATER DEVELOPMENT PROJECT

On Monday, the Nevada state engineer will hear opening arguments in a water-rights case that has been ongoing for more than two decades. If passed, the construction of an extensive infrastructure network could dramatically raise the average monthly water bill for many of the state’s residents, as well as impact public lands and endangered species.

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Heavy hitters in the water world met at the United Nations headquarters in New York City on September 16 for a public-awareness marketing campaign. But who is the target audience? And what message do they need to hear?

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Jonathan Waterman has lived for five months on the waters of the Colorado River–he’s paddled its length and then walked when the river ran out.

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Southeast could learn from Southwest

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“For more than 20 years industry has been moving south looking for cheaper labor, I’m hoping that now they’ll start coming back looking for cheaper water.”

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In too many American cities to count, water consumers are dramatically reducing the amount they use only to be hit with higher water rates.

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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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