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Water in a Changing World

Water will be one of the major environmental issues of the 21st century. It's a natural resource that’s already in short supply across parts of the United States and the world -- and will become even scarcer as our population grows and our climate changes. NRDC is focused on ensuring that the water we have stays clean, that we use it efficiently, and that we build the infrastructure to keep it that way.

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This is why the Forest Service should lead the way in sustainable groundwater management

Posted August 6, 2014 by Marcus Griswold in Living Sustainably

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Do you live in or near a National Forest or Grassland? Do you camp, fish, or paddle in one? Do you just like to know you have access to 193 million acres of forestland filled with wetlands, streams, and lakes?...continued

Toledo's Drinking Water Crisis

Posted August 4, 2014 by Karen Hobbs in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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Toledo residents can breathe a sigh a relief today after a two-day drinking water ban was lifted.  Early Saturday morning, Toledo’s 500,000 residents (and 30,000 residents of southwestern Michigan) were told to stop using tap water after unsafe levels of toxins,...continued

BUSTED: Big Ag's Big Myths About the Clean Water Protection Rule

Posted July 24, 2014 by Jon Devine in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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One of my kids’ (and my) favorite TV shows is “Mythbusters.” It’s got a great combination of fact-based scrutiny of popularly held beliefs and a healthy dose of excellently infantile humor.  Given how fun they make it look, I expected...continued

The Clock is Ticking to Craft a Good, BDCP-Neutral Water Bond for California

Posted July 24, 2014 by Doug Obegi

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This November, California voters will almost certainly vote on whether to authorize billions of dollars of taxpayer spending for a water bond. But crucially, the next few weeks will determine what water bond will be on the ballot in November...continued

Small Business Owners Want Clean Water Protections

Posted July 23, 2014 by Karen Hobbs in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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80 percent of small business owners favor restoring federal clean water protections to streams and wetlands, according to a new poll.  These are some of the very waterbodies that the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers propose...continued

Infographic: How Many Myths About the Clean Water Protection Rule Can Fit on a Webpage?

Posted July 8, 2014 by Jon Devine in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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About eight years ago, several industry lobby groups, including the American Farm Bureau Federation, asked the Supreme Court to gut the Clean Water Act.  The American Farm Bureau Federation specifically argued that Clean Water Act safeguards didn’t extend to streams...continued

It's high time water managers in the Missouri River basin jump on the environmental flows bandwagon

Posted June 30, 2014 by Marcus Griswold in Living Sustainably, Saving Wildlife and WIld Places

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For the ninth year in a row in the Missouri River basin, the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) has given progress towards protecting the endangered pallid sturgeon a failing grade. The Corps and the Bureau of Reclamation manage flows from...continued

Swim Safe: Check Out Your Favorite Beach's Water Quality and Act to Help Keep It Clean

Posted June 25, 2014 by Jon Devine in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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I never feel more like a kid than when I’m at the beach.  Perhaps that’s because I have to keep up with my own kids doing crazy stuff, but also there’s something blissfully immature about body surfing, getting overtaken by...continued

Great Lakes Beaches -- Working Together, We Can Make Them Safer and Cleaner

Posted June 25, 2014 by Karen Hobbs in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, U.S. Law and Policy

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Beach days are summer rites of passage, especially here in the Great Lakes.  Pack up a picnic, towels, sunscreen, and you’re good to go.  Oh, wait.  Did you remember to check to make sure your favorite beach is safe for...continued

More Efficient Clothes Washers Benefit Businesses and Conserve Resources

Posted June 6, 2014 by Ben Chou in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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This post was written in conjunction with Kaylee Weatherly and Brianna Pagan of the Long Beach Water Department and is also posted on LaundryDealer.com. Record-breaking drought conditions in California and ongoing concerns over increasingly scarce water supplies have made headlines across the...continued

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