Federal Water Mandates Blowing a Hole in Municipal Budgets, Local Leaders Say

Local government officials and utility leaders ask U.S. Congress to invest in water projects and to provide regulatory flexibility. The framework is part of a broader debate about how to balance ecosystems, public health and financial constraints, in this, the 40th year of the Clean Water Act.

The Stream, August 17: Has Work Resumed on Laos’ Mekong Dam?

Despite assurances from Laos that work on its controversial Xayaburi…
The opening of the Morganza spillway resulted almost immediately in the flooding of farmland located within the floodway. Flooding of farmland caked in fertilizer is a threat to the Gulf of Mexico because it could increase the size of the dead-zone.

Agriculture and Sewage Dead Zone: Taking on Nutrient Pollution in the Mississippi River Watershed

As the impact of agriculture on water quality intensifies around the globe, two lawsuits in the United States aim to reduce the size of the Gulf of Mexico's ‘dead zone’ by setting limits on nutrient pollution in the Mississippi River Basin.

Climate Change Alters the Calculus for Water Infrastructure Planning

Adapting to climate change in the U.S., according to one estimate, will cost at least a half trillion dollars over the next four decades.

The Stream, March 12: Japan’s Tsunami Disaster – One Year On

A year after the devastating tsunami in Japan, communities in…

Q&A: Ben Braga on the 6th World Water Forum

Ben Braga, the president of the International Committee for the 6th World Water Forum and the vice president of the World Water Council, talks with Circle of Blue about the Forum next week, the Rio+20 Summit in June, and the solutions to the world water crisis.

Big Water Projects in the Big Apple

The New York City water department delivers nearly 4 million cubic meters (1 billion gallons) of water per day to 9 million customers. To keep up with demand and to meet water quality regulations, the city is undertaking several major water infrastructure projects.

The Stream, December 1: Australia’s Coal-seam Gas Development

Australia's fast-growing coal-seam gas industry is a "relatively…
Public Art Purple Pipe

Mixing Art and Technology: North America’s Largest Membrane-filtration Sewage Plant Opens Near Seattle

The $1.8 billion Brightwater facility, 10 miles northeast of Seattle, eschews old notions of what a sewage plant is. State-of-the-art membrane technology produces reusable water, a trail system allows outdoor recreation, and wetlands give salmon a place to spawn.
Top Ten Endangered Rivers

U.S. Conservation Group Releases Top 10 ‘Endangered Rivers’ Report

American Rivers' annual list highlights waterways with an immediate threat to their ecosystems.

The Stream, March 23: World Water Ranking

Mauritania, Kuwait and Jordan are the most water-stressed countries…

UK Utility Plans Europe’s First Phosphorus Recovery Plant

Meanwhile in the United States, phosphorus levels in fresh water remain high and progress is absent, the U.S. Geological Survey reports.