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High Country News

Benjamin Goldfarb

24 November 2014

Shepherd, Montana, United States

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Clean water and healthy ecosystems are becoming increasingly difficult to come by. With floating islands and other inventions, eco-entrepreneur Bruce Kania thinks that biomimicry - such as reconstructing wetlands and ...

El Paso Times

Marty Schladen

17 November 2014

Kilmore, Victoria, Australia

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In Australia, the Murray-Darling Basin Ministerial Council was formed after a severe drought to bring together federal, state and regional governments and bridge parochial concerns. It was meant to manage the basin as...

El Paso Times

Marty Schladen

16 November 2014

Elephant Butte, New Mexico, United States

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The El Paso Times reports from the heart of the Rio Grande Basin - where drought has led to dramatic decreases in water supply, and serious changes in management of river resources are called for - on how the region p...

Minnesota Public Radio

Jennifer Vogel

2 October 2014

Wadena, Minnesota, United States

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A growing program in central Minnesota measures rates of "evapotranspiration," or loss of water in fields, using a complex formula involving solar radiation, wind speed, air temperature and other factors.

Inside Energy

Stephanie Joyce

18 September 2014

Dutch Harbor, Alaska, United States

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The dangers of the crabbing industry were well known long before the show "Deadliest Catch" made them famous. But deaths on the job decreased dramatically thanks to an awareness campaign spearheaded by the National In...

NationSwell

Lorraine Chow

27 August 2014

Fairfield, Texas, United States

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Facing repeated droughts, Texas is pioneering a method to turn wastewater into drinking water. Although the process is not quick, the results have lead to an additional 65,000 gallons of drinking water and benefited t...

Minnesota Public Radio

Elizabeth Dunbar

4 August 2014

Mankato, Minnesota, United States

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Mankato, where treated wastewater is used for everything from irrigation to industrial cooling, is one of the few places around this water-rich state where water is being recycled in this way. But as concerns about th...

The Seattle Times

Lynda V. Mapes

2 August 2014

Brewster, Washington, United States

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New water management technology implemented along the Columbia has significantly helped the fish population - specifically salmon - return to healthy numbers and has restored much of the community and industry that re...

Minnesota Public Radio

Elizabeth Dunbar

10 July 2014

Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States

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New technology, more aggressive pricing structures, and shifting attitudes are beginning to change how some Minnesotans view and care for their lawns.

Minnesota Public Radio

Mark Steil

7 July 2014

Worthington, Minnesota, United States

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Minnesota farmers are closely following the debate over how best to manage nitrates. Many farmers—no one knows the number exactly–are already taking action to lower their use of nitrates, which can contaminate water.

Minnesota Public Radio

Elizabeth Dunbar

5 June 2014

Woodbury, Minnesota, United States

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A few communities are using stormwater to keep golf courses, baseball and soccer fields green or to irrigate public landscapes.

Minnesota Public Radio

Dan Kraker

29 May 2014

Tucson, Arizona, United States

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Some Tucson residents have begun looking at water as a crop, something to harvest to lessen the reliance of Tucson's burgeoning population on water sucked from the ground and imported from the Colorado River.

Minnesota Public Radio

Dan Kraker

27 May 2014

Tucson, Arizona, United States

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Tucson has slashed its per capita water consumption by more than a third, and one of the more startling ways it's done that is by reusing water after it's flushed down the toilet or run through a washing machine.

Minnesota Public Radio

Dan Kraker

27 May 2014

Tucson, Arizona, United States

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Tucson, AZ, adopted measures, such as limiting new wells and making water rights sellable, that have slashed per capita water consumption by 35 percent. It is now considered a national leader in water conservation and...

Minnesota Public Radio

Dan Kraker

27 May 2014

Tucson, Arizona, United States

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Forty years ago, Tuscon faced a water crisis. Now, even after decades of population and economic growth, water consumption has been declining and, under much of the city, groundwater levels have been rising, due in eq...

Minnesota Public Radio

Martin Moylan

14 April 2014

Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States

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Creating an indoor aquaculture operation in an old brewery is, oddly enough, using surprisingly little water.

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Wanjohi Kabukuru

29 March 2014

Roche Caiman, Victoria, Seychelles

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Warming water has led to the collapse of coral reef systems in the western Indian Ocean, essential to fisheries, protecting shorelines, and reducing beach erosion and sea-level rise. Marine scientists from Nature Seyc...

Minnesota Public Radio

Elizabeth Baier

20 March 2014

Fountain, Minnesota, United States

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Some communities are being forced to take steps—sometimes costly ones, like digging deeper wells—to both tap and protect their groundwater.

Public Radio International (PRI)

Ari Daniel Shapiro

24 February 2014

Palau

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Often it is faster and easier to harvest molecules for medical purposes from nature than to make them in a laboratory. A scientist is looking for cancer-fighting molecules in coral and sponges in the tropical Pacific.

Minnesota Public Radio

Dan Haugen

19 February 2014

Belgrade, Minnesota, United States

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Minnesotans are being prodded to take a different look at how they use water and how to make sure an apparent abundance can be made to last.

Minnesota Public Radio

Elizabeth Dunbar

8 January 2014

Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States

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A new effort involving just about anyone who flushes a toilet from Lino Lakes to Woodbury is about to eclipse the scattered sprinkling limits and water-saving campaigns to rescue a shrinking White Bear Lake.

Next City

Sarah Goodyear

22 July 2013

San Antonio, Texas, United States

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For the past three years, water levels in the San Antonio Edwards Aquifer have decreased to uncomfortable levels and drought periods may continue as the population booms. The San Antonio Water System organization has ...

The New York Times

Amy Yee

21 March 2013

Bangladesh

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Saving money while conserving water and electricity is a win-win for the textile industry in Bangladesh. After a joint effort to improve the mechanics and upgrade the factories, the industry saw a savings of 1.2 milli...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

9 February 2012

Philippines

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The World Conservation Union estimates that 40 percent of the more than 40,000 species it tracks on its Red List are close to extinction and this problem requires humans to change their behavior to fix it. Rare’s the...

National Geographic

Tina Rosenberg

1 April 2010

Foro, Konso, Ethiopia

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Foro, a village in southwestern Ethiopia, has suffered from drought conditions for years, leaving the little water the communities can access polluted with waste. While various water projects have been attempted only ...

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