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The Economics of Water Quality Need Greater Emphasis, UN Experts Say

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Waste water treatment costs and ecosystem services are often not properly accounted for, say UN experts at World Water Day conference.

Clean Water Act Leaves Waterways Vulnerable to Pollution

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As many as half of the nation’s largest water polluters might be exempt from the Clean Water Act’s requirements because Supreme Court decisions never clarified what waterways the act protects.

Great Lakes Cleanup to Get $2.2 Billion in Federal Funding

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The EPA plan aims to clean up top pollution sites and establish a “zero tolerance policy” toward invasive species

Medications Discarded in Landfills May Be Contaminating Maine's Water

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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

Chinese Farms Generate More Water Pollution than Factories

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Study shows 2007 discharges were double previous estimates.

Peter Gleick: Who Is Stealing California's Water?

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Someone is stealing our water. Many someones. But who and how much? No one knows today, mostly because the agency responsible for keeping an eye on water rights and use--the State Water Resources Control Board--is blind, deaf, and dumb. Blind, because they don't look. Deaf, because they don't listen to or act on most requests to investigate water rights allocations and use. Dumb, because they don't talk about these issues. "Asleep at the switch," as a colleague describes it.