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The consequences of severe fires last long after the flames have been snuffed out. Watersheds and reservoirs, in particular, are at risk from debris, erosion, and pipe-clogging ash, all of which degrade water quality and increase the cost of treatment. So the Interior Department and the Department of Agriculture announced a plan to work with […]

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When residents in Santa Fe, New Mexico pay their water bills, they are now also paying for forest restoration.

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Farmers in the United Arab Emirates face a unique challenge when it comes to saving water, The New York Times reported. The hostile natural conditions of little rainfall and tremendous heat means a desperate need for irrigation despite short and declining supplies. The government is working with farmers to reduce agricultural water use in half by 2014. […]

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Though the High Park fire is 100 percent contained, its effects are just beginning. Circle of Blue reporter Brett Walton speaks with the experts and the water enthusiasts in the aftermath.

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Because ash and debris from a large fire can wreak havoc on water supply infrastructure, utilities near the High Park fire have begun to shut off certain water intakes and are already planning to replant the forest.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that a pollution permit, called a NPDES permit in the lingo, will not be necessary for stormwater coming from logging roads. The agency will continue to study the best way to reduce sediment runoff from what it calls “a relatively small subset” of roads that affect stream quality. Powder […]

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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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Jobs from the Drain, or the Road President Obama, in his jobs speech, endorsed legislation that would create a national infrastructure bank for financing water, energy and transportation projects. Called the BUILD Act, the bill is co-sponsored by Democrats and Republicans and is supported by the nation’s largest labor organization, the AFL-CIO, and its largest […]

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Australia’s drought remains severe, but the award-winning interactive drama project, Scorched, offers a searing reality check for Australians nationwide.

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An interactive map of Circle of Blue’s coverage of “The Biggest Dry“.

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Australia’s Epic Drought is Global Warning Circle of Blue Reports The grievous consequences of drought and global warming are more visible and dangerous in Australia than in any other industrialized nation.

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An Industrialized Nation Reckons With A 12-Year Drought In The Murray-Darling Basin

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From any eye and all angles, the Murray-Darling River Basin conjures a grand but vexing vista.

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At First Aghast, Victoria Grower Leads Campaign in Support of Water-Saving Construction

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Can a Century of Canal Digging, Channel Constructing, Man Made Plumbing Be Undone

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Parched to a crisp, Australia’s prayers for rain seem to have fallen on sadistic ears. Instead of a quenching downpour, the southern curve of the continent now fights raging flames.

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