The Stream, April 12: Responding to Scarcity

By Rationing In Texas
Drought in Texas is forcing the state’s environmental commission to consider restricting surface water withdrawals, according to the Star-Telegram. Cities in the state’s southeast are already using emergency reserves and purchasing rights on water markets, the Galveston Daily News reports.

By Suing In Oklahoma
The New York Times kicks off a series on water skirmishes in the U.S. with an article about the legal battle for water from Oklahoma’s Sardis Lake. Cities in Texas and Oklahoma and the Choctaw and Chickasaw tribes are the parties involved.

By Building In Algeria
Last Tuesday, the Algerian government opened a 750-km pipeline supplying water to the country’s desert south, Xinhua reports.

By Organizing In El Salvador
Farmer and activist Francisco Pineda is one of the recipients of the 2011 Goldman Environmental Prize, Environment News Service reports. Pineda has campaigned against a Canadian mining company for polluting and diverting rivers. Under threat of assassination, he has round-the-clock police protection.

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