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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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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 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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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 in Living Sustainably

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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 in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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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

Tell the Forest Service they have an obligation to protect your public groundwater resources

Posted August 26, 2014 by Marcus Griswold in Living Sustainably, Saving Wildlife and WIld Places

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Recently, the US Forest Service released a “Directive” which would guide how groundwater is managed by the agency.  They are currently accepting comments from the public on that Directive and now is the time to weigh in to ensure public...continued

Scott River decision gives Californians one more tool to keep water in streams

Posted August 25, 2014 by Marcus Griswold in Living Sustainably, Saving Wildlife and WIld Places

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In a landmark decision, a California court recently declared that the public trust doctrine applies to groundwater if it alters benefits provided by navigable streams - benefits that include recreational boating, hunting, swimming, wildlife habitat, and scenic beauty. Groundwater itself...continued

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

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