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Florida Oyster Harvest Suffers As Drought Intensifies Water Battle with Georgia and Alabama

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The drought that set upon the United States this year has tightened a three-state tug-of-war over fresh water, affecting marine life and a valuable fishing economy downstream in the Deep South's Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin, the most biodiverse river system in North America.
Wild rice on the Bad River Reservation in northern Wisconsin is in the floating leaf stage by early June, with a single shoot lying on the water’s surface. This is considered one of the most critical—and and dangerous—stages in the rice’s life cycle. The plants are just beginning to change physiologically from exchanging gases with the water column to exchanging gases with the air. Therefore, they are very susceptible to heavy rains and flooding events that can either rip out the young plants by the roots, or drown them. June 6, 2011.

Where Food Grows on Water: Environmental and Human Threats to Wisconsin’s Wild Rice

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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.

Cholera in Haiti -- The Climate Connection

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Researchers explain the correlation between environmental interactions and human health, as reported infections climb to 10,000 cases.

California Water Board Changes Power Plant Regulations to Protect Aquatic Life

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Power plants will be required to change their cooling systems to reduce the amount of water they withdraw from oceans and estuaries as a result.