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Infographic: Hoover Dam's Troubled Waters

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Completed in 1935, Hoover Dam supplies electricity to 29 million people in Arizona, California and Nevada.

Food vs. Water: High Commodity Prices Complicate Aquifer Protection in Colorado’s San Luis Valley

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Decades of groundwater pumping have left one of the San Luis Valley aquifers in a perilous state. To restore its health — and the foundation of the local economy — valley leaders are developing a plan to pay farmers to fallow up to 16,000 hectares. But with commodity prices soaring, will anyone go for it, or will the state have to step in?

Michigan Supreme Court Decision in Au Sable River Case Shores Up Protection for Environment

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Court blocks dumping into a popular fly-fishing stream, sets precedent to protect Michigan waters from pollution.

Q&A: Jonathan Waterman on Running Dry

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Jonathan Waterman has lived for five months on the waters of the Colorado River--he's paddled its length and then walked when the river ran out.

The Rising Cost of Settling the American Desert

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Power plant that moves torrent of water uphill considers closing

Low Water May Halt Hoover Dam’s Power

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What happens if Lake Mead drops too low to generate electricity at Hoover Dam?

Bid to Protect Michigan’s Groundwater Draws Opposition, Praise

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A proposed bill that declares Michigan’s groundwater a “public trust” has set off a storm of controversy, with opponents claiming that the legislation would expose property owners to new state fees.

In Detroit: No Money, No Water

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Water Department cuts connections to thousands of city’s poor.

Milwaukee-area Community Seeks to Tap Lake Michigan for Drinking Water

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While Waukesha's request is the first major test of the Great Lakes Compact, the county supervisor opposes the plan.

Everglades Restoration Program Pays Ranchers to Protect Water

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A program that pays ranchers to use pastures as water-retention ponds could provide one-sixth of the water needed to restore the Everglades for a fraction of the cost of current treatments, according to program proponents.

Major Nevada Pipeline Project in Limbo

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Plans for a major freshwater pipeline for the Las Vegas Valley hit a legal roadblock. A ruling from Nevada's Supreme Court last week has threatened the fate of a massive pipeline project once hailed as critical to Las Vegas’ freshwater supply

Wisconsin City Makes Its Case for Diversion of Great Lakes Water

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City officials in Waukesha, Wisconsin spelled out why they need Great Lakes water to replace their radium-contaminated city water wells Thursday, and why tapping into the world’s largest freshwater supply makes more sense than drilling more wells.