More than half of the country’s lakes and rivers are not meeting water quality standards.
Circle of Blue reporter Brett Walton says that drought is forcing the public to confront important questions about the value of water.
In response to truculent planet, conserving water, limiting climate emissions, and achieving “net zero” energy use are top priorities.
For generations, the upper Great Lakes region has boasted harvests of wild rice, growing in Lake Superior and other watersheds within the basin. But disease, dams, and climate change are now endangering the uncultivated bounty.
The seven major river basins, as a whole, have had steady improvements in water quality over the past decade.
RED BLUFF, California – Stakeholders in dam profits watch with anxiety as an environmental lawsuit that would remove the Red Bluff diversion dam nears conclusion.