American beef demand is sucking Western rivers dry

In some western river basins, over 50 percent of the water goes to cattle feed, fodder for cows that end up as burgers in major U.S. cities. To save rivers, scientists suggest paying farmers to not farm.
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Trump bashes California leaders during Bakersfield visit to celebrate new water rules

Trump basked in the cheers from 2,000 supporters in an airplane hangar on the outskirts of the agriculture- and oil-focused city.

As Iowa caucuses approach, where do Democratic candidates stand on water?

Water issues are gaining new prominence in the Democratic presidential race as candidates react to rising concerns about drinking water pollution, failing infrastructure, and the perceived inability of government to fix the problems.

‘Make agribusiness pay the full costs:' In Blue New Deal, Warren targets farm pollution, Great Lakes

Water policy observers view Warren's Blue New Deal and water-related statements from other candidates as significant steps forward in this election cycle.

The West's water shortage is fueled by human error

The inability of western states to track water usage is exacerbating the region's drought crisis.

Climate change and 'bad governance' trigger water crisis in Chennai, India

In Chennai, India's sixth-largest city, the reservoirs are literally drying up. How are its citizens — and the government — responding?

A tiny creature threatens Utah’s $1.8 billion Lake Powell pipeline

Utah’s push to develop the $1.8 billion Lake Powell pipeline, held up for years by political wrangling, funding feuds, reams of red tape and massive amounts of paperwork, is now being threatened by a tiny creature: the quagga mussel.
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The planet is losing free-flowing rivers. This is a problem.

Only 37 percent of the world's longest rivers remain unimpeded and free-flowing from their source to where they empty, according to a study published today in Nature.

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Project Milwaukee: Emerging threats to Wisconsin's water

WUWM is diving into the topic of clean water, or the lack thereof, in southeastern Wisconsin for our Project Milwaukee Series: Great Lakes, Troubled Waters

Interior’s Bernhardt worked closely on matters he promised to avoid

New disclosures of the secretary's schedule add to questions surrounding his ties to past lobbying clients, including a California water district.

US governors outline water priorities

In State of the State speeches, governors emphasize pollution cleanup, collaboration, and funding.

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