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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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New Public Polling Research Shows Americans Want Clean Water Safeguards

Posted January 22, 2015 by Jon Devine

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Though he's only been at it for a few days, new Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hasn't taken long to launch the Republican-controlled Congress on a course to attack many of our basic health and environmental safeguards. At the same...continued

No More Money Down the Drain: How to Plug Leaks in Drinking Water Systems and Save Money Across the Great Lakes Basin

Posted January 8, 2015 by Karen Hobbs

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Next time you turn on the tap, picture hundred dollar bills going down the drain rather than drops of water. That is literally what happens every single day across America, as billions of gallons of expensive, treated water is simply...continued

A Little Humor About Something Big and Serious: “The Exaggerator” Talks About the Clean Water Proposal

Posted November 12, 2014 by Jon Devine

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Dirty water isn’t a joke.  However, lobbyists representing polluting industries have made some comically over-the-top attacks on the Environmental Protection Agency’s and the Army Corps of Engineers’ proposed plan to protect our nation’s waterways.  We felt that the clean water...continued

The Clean Water Act -- 42 Birthday Candles and Half a Million Americans Who Support It

Posted October 22, 2014 by Jon Devine

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Forty-two years ago this past Saturday, Congress passed the law known today as the Clean Water Act.  I salute their forethought and bipartisan leadership, not just because I make my living implementing that law, but because it has helped to...continued

Groundwater experts, water law experts, and conservation groups tell the Forest Service to do more to protect groundwater

Posted October 14, 2014 by Marcus Griswold

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Responding to a proposed agency-wide U.S. Forest Service groundwater policy, more than 125 groundwater scientists, legal experts, and conservation groups call on the Forest Service’s Chief Tidwell and U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Secretary Vilsack to protect groundwater as a public...continued

After Toledo, What's Next?

Posted September 30, 2014 by Karen Hobbs

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It’s been almost 2 months since half a million residents of Toledo, Ohio and surrounding communities were told not to drink their water after unsafe levels of toxins, caused by Lake Erie algal blooms, were found at a city water...continued

New groundwater policy brings California into the 21st century

Posted September 16, 2014 by Marcus Griswold

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For decades, California's voluntary Groundwater Management Plans have effectively failed to protect the people and ecosystems that depend on this water. Too many people are siphoning off water from our extremely limited resources, resulting in declining groundwater levels, sinking...continued

The Era of Big Dams is Still Over (Even With the Water Bond)

Posted September 3, 2014 by Doug Obegi

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The potential for new water storage in California is in the news because of Proposition 1, the $7.5 billion water bond on California’s November ballot, which includes $2.7 billion for new groundwater and surface storage  (and an additional $800M for...continued

Map-gate: The Newest Strange Claims About the Clean Water Protection Rule

Posted August 29, 2014 by Jon Devine

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Over the last couple days, there has been a barrage of stories about a set of maps that the Environmental Protection Agency had produced, from long-public data maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey, indicating the location of various types of...continued

A Water Bond to Protect the Environment and the Economy

Posted August 28, 2014 by Doug Obegi

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Virtually all of California – 99.8 percent – is in severe drought. The toxic blue-green algae that shut down Toledo’s drinking water supply earlier this month is thriving in Stockton’s waterways, thanks to warm, stagnant water and low river flows....continued

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