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

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The Global Rundown Iran’s fresh water supplies are dwindling, and rising seas are threatening the Marshall Islands and Kiribati. South Africa completed a feasibility study on a new desalination plant for Cape Town. Legislators in California heard testimony from state agencies that regulate oil wastewater, Des Moines voted to move ahead with its nitrate pollution […]

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The Rundown No canal water for Central Valley farmers. House passes bill responding to toxic algae crisis. Michigan representatives target invasive Asian carp while California senators aim to help clean up the San Francisco Bay. The U.S. Supreme Court issues ruling in Kansas v. Nebraska. Rural communities struggle to finance water system improvements. “We cannot […]

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The Global Rundown Thailand will spend millions on alleviating drought this year, while a Palestinian developer may have wasted more than 1 billion building a city with no water supply. Qatar plans to enact penalties for wasting water and electricity, and the state of Ohio is working on legislation to limit when farmers can apply fertilizer. It […]

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After last summer’s toxic algae outbreak, safe drinking water is a priority again in Ohio, the state that spurred the Clean Water Act four decades ago.

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Vulnerabilities, exposed by the spill and incidents in North Carolina and Toledo, remain.

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The Global Rundown Syrian refugees are shivering in tents across the Middle East this week, and some are having their water delivery routes blocked by snow. The European Investment Bank has given Welsh Water a loan to improve infrastructure in Wales. A scientific study linking fracking to earthquakes in Ohio has been published. Veolia plans to […]

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Drinking water summit focuses on Toledo water crisis.

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Expensive research and cleanup efforts make little headway.

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Ohio River project is departure for funds-starved U.S. water infrastructure installations.

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

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Lack of testing requirements inhibits more thorough review of drinking water safety.

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

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

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Mining Large gold mining projects proposed for the Colombian Andes pose threats to unique páramo ecosystems, and subsequently water supplies for the country’s capital and other cities, Yale Environment 360 reported. Mining directly in the páramo is banned in Colombia, but conservationists worry that mining nearby could cause cyanide contamination of water supplies. Global mining […]

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Some manufacturers are beginning to improve the water and energy efficiency of their Asian factories to save money and resources, even though government regulations often do not require the changes, The New York Times reported. An Intel factory in Vietnam, for example, is planning improvements that will reduce its water consumption by as much as […]

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