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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations are insufficient for guarding against pesticides, heavy metals, solvents, and other hazardous chemicals being put into waterways from sewage treatment plants, according to an investigation by the agency’s internal watchdog. Hazardous chemicals come under two sets of regulations. The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) applies to most circumstances, and […]

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Sewage is discharged in the Cuyahoga River near Cleveland, Ohio in this 1973 photograph. The Clean Water Act, passed a year earlier, has improved water quality in many water bodies, but some communities still struggle to control water pollution from combined sewer systems.

Local government officials and utility leaders ask U.S. Congress to invest in water projects and to provide regulatory flexibility. The framework is part of a broader debate about how to balance ecosystems, public health and financial constraints, in this, the 40th year of the Clean Water Act.

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Despite assurances from Laos that work on its controversial Xayaburi dam on the Mekong River would halt pending further impact studies, the Thai developer building the dam said yesterday that construction has continued, Reuters reported. A drought affecting 11 provinces in Cambodia has damaged 4,811 hectares (11,888 acres) of rice seedlings and threatens 101,365 hectares […]

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Middle East Israel’s government plans totransfer water from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea, where water levels are dropping more than one meter (3.3 feet) each year. China The average per capita 236.5 millimeters (9.3 inches) of rain to one town, Xinhua reported. North America Canada Wednesday announced new selling city tap water that […]

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The opening of the Morganza spillway resulted almost immediately in the flooding of farmland located within the floodway. Flooding of farmland caked in fertilizer is a threat to the Gulf of Mexico because it could increase the size of the dead-zone.

As the impact of agriculture on water quality intensifies around the globe, two lawsuits in the United States aim to reduce the size of the Gulf of Mexico’s ‘dead zone’ by setting limits on nutrient pollution in the Mississippi River Basin.

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Adapting to climate change in the U.S., according to one estimate, will cost at least a half trillion dollars over the next four decades.

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A year after the devastating tsunami in Japan, communities in the affected regions are slowly repairing their towns. On the one-year anniversary of the disaster, the Guardian features a series of montages that press agencies have created by combining pictures taken during or just after the tsunami hit with images taken up to a year […]

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Ben Braga

Ben Braga, the president of the International Committee for the 6th World Water Forum and the vice president of the World Water Council, talks with Circle of Blue about the Forum next week, the Rio+20 Summit in June, and the solutions to the world water crisis.

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The New York City water department delivers nearly 4 million cubic meters (1 billion gallons) of water per day to 9 million customers. To keep up with demand and to meet water quality regulations, the city is undertaking several major water infrastructure projects.

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Budget and Taxes On Sunday the House Republican leadership backed away from a tax deal that passed the Senate a day earlier, according to the New York Times. The Senate bill to extend the payroll tax cut included a provision, requested by Republicans, that would force President Barack Obama to issue a permit within 60 […]

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Australia’s fast-growing coal-seam gas industry is a “relatively short-term prospect” and may not be worth the cost to farmland and the environment, a according to an interim report for the Senate Inquiry into the impacts of coal seam gas in the Murray-Darling Basin, The Australian reported. The study recommends that coal-seam gas development be suspended […]

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The $1.8 billion Brightwater facility, 10 miles northeast of Seattle, eschews old notions of what a sewage plant is. State-of-the-art membrane technology produces reusable water, a trail system allows outdoor recreation, and wetlands give salmon a place to spawn.

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Top Ten Endangered Rivers

American Rivers’ annual list highlights waterways with an immediate threat to their ecosystems.

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Mauritania, Kuwait and Jordan are the most water-stressed countries in the world, according to a new water ranking by a British risk analysis group. In its review of 160 countries around the globe, the company also notes that Sweden, Guyana, Canada and Russia have the most secure supplies. Meanwhile, Kuwait announced that it plans to […]

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Meanwhile in the United States, phosphorus levels in fresh water remain high and progress is absent, the U.S. Geological Survey reports.

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Following Circle of Blue’s survey of water prices, we examine the wastewater costs of the same 30 major cities.

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Flushing For Fuel: Wastewater grows energy-rich plants and algae.

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Newly-released UNEP report details challenges, benefits of expanding wastewater treatment coverage.

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Low cost, low maintenance water treatment system in Kenyan prison proves better for small communities than traditional waste water treatment.

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A survey from the Maine Department of Environmental Quality has revealed that traces of medications like birth control, antidepressants, and pain relievers were found in the liquid that drains from landfills

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