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California drought prompts first-ever 'zero water allocation'

Published: 
Mon, 02/03/2014 - 10:46pm
Category: 
Water

Officials Friday said that for the first time ever, the State Water Project that helps supply a majority of Californians may be unable to make any deliveries except to maintain public health and safety.

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Its Great Lake Shriveled, Iran Confronts Crisis of Water Supply

Published: 
Sun, 02/02/2014 - 9:44pm
Category: 
Water

After driving for 15 minutes over the bottom of what was once Iran’s largest lake, a local environmental official stepped out of his truck, pushed his hands deep into his pockets and silently wandered into the great dry plain, as if searching for water he knew he would never find.

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Proposed fracking in national forest meets broad opposition

Published: 
Sat, 01/25/2014 - 2:29pm
Category: 
Energy

The headwaters of the Potomac River rise amid the hills and hollows of George Washington National Forest in Virginia. Small creeks dart past oak, white pine and hickory, become streams that nourish farmland and towns, and create a river that courses through two states and the nation's capital.

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Colorado River Drought Forces a Painful Reckoning for States

Published: 
Sat, 01/11/2014 - 9:02am
Category: 
Water

The sinuous Colorado River and its slew of man-made reservoirs from the Rockies to southern Arizona are being sapped by 14 years of drought nearly unrivaled in 1,250 years.

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Seawater desalination plant might be just a drop in the bucket

Published: 
Wed, 02/20/2013 - 7:38pm
Category: 
Water

Dreamers have long looked to the Pacific Ocean as the ultimate answer to California's water needs: an inexhaustible, drought-proof reservoir in the state's backyard. In the last decade, proposals for about 20 desalting plants have been discussed up and down the coast.