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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.

Study: NASA Shows World's Water is Warming, Buoy Data Confirms in Great Lakes

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In some northern regions, lake temperatures are increasing more than air temperatures.

Blooming Controversy: What Is Killing the Wildlife in Kenya’s Lake Naivasha?

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Drought, flower farms, and pesticides are damaging the already shallow lake.

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.

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

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.

Putin Approves Waste Discharges into Lake Baikal

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A decree signed last week by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will allow a paper mill on the shore of Lake Baikal to resume dumping sewage and waste water into the lake.

China "quake lake" could force 1.3 million people to evacuate

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BEICHUAN, China - New fears about the lakes formed after the…