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Colorado farmers grow more food on less water amid rising competition 2.8.2015 Denver Post: Local
While farmers around him give up control over water used for a century to irrigate crops, Marc Arnusch is crouching in a thick cornfield inspecting blue digits on his new ...
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The Water for Food Institute and Jain Irrigation launch joint research and education program 30.7.2015 ENN Network News - ENN
LINCOLN, Neb.,— Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd. of India and the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute at the University of Nebraska have announced a joint international research and education partnership.
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$15M settlement in molasses spill 30.7.2015 CNN: Top Stories
A shipping company will pay Hawaii more than $15 million to settle a spill that put 233,000 gallons of molasses into Honolulu Harbor in 2013.
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We Made DC Water's Green Infrastructure Proposal Better - But There's Still Room for Improvement 29.7.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Becky Hammer, Project Attorney, Water Program, Washington, DC: Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Justice concluded the public comment period on DC Water's most recent proposal to change course in its efforts to stop raw sewage from contaminating the waters of our nation's capital. NRDC submitted comments...
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Aging Pipes Are Poisoning America's Tap Water 29.7.2015 Yahoo: Politics
Mays and other residents say that the city government endangered their health when it stopped buying water from Detroit last year and instead started selling residents treated water from the Flint River. “Flint is an extreme case, but nationally, there’s been a lack of investment in water infrastructure,” said Eric Scorsone, an economist at Michigan State University who has followed the case of Flint. “This is a common problem nationally— infrastructure maintenance has not kept up.” Bethany Hazard says her water started coming out of the faucet brown and smelling like a sewer, and when she called the city to complain, she was told the water was ...
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The California Drought Is Making Some Fruit Taste…Better?! 29.7.2015 Mother Jones
On July 20, California's resources board fined a farming district near San Francisco $1.5 million for illegally diverting water to feed its rows of corn, tomatoes, cherries, and almonds. The Golden State, of course, continues to suffer from a dramatic drought, and many farmers face restrictions on pumping and diverting local supplies of water. But national demand for California's fresh fruit and veggies continues at a steady pace. What's a thirsty farmer to do? One simple solution looks a little like Greece's austerity measures: Give each plant less water. A team of USDA scientists is exploring what happens after treating plants to a round of "deficit irrigation," or the reduced application of H2O. But they seem to have stumbled on a rare piece of good drought news: Early findings suggest that after undergoing deficit irrigation for two years, parched plants can produce the same or even higher quality fruit. In a study (PDF) focused on Wonderful variety pomegranate trees, a team of researchers including ...
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City will replace Pioneer Square water main starting in August 28.7.2015 Seattle Times: Nation & World
Seattle plans to do an emergency water-main replacement in Pioneer Square soon, aggravating tunnel- and seawall-related traffic obstacles.
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Minnesota rain gardens go big to fight pollution, reuse water 27.7.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Minnesota cities use rain gardens and other "green infrastructure" to keep polluting stormwater from lakes and rivers. Inver Grove Heights is putting that science to use on a massive scale.
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Would You Like Some Oil Wastewater With Your Produce? 24.7.2015 Mother Jones

Was your California orange irrigated with wastewater from oil wells? Quite possibly yes.

Under a 20-year-old water recycling program, wastewater that is generated as a byproduct from oil extraction is treated and sold to some 90 Southern California landowners—including one with certified organic operations—which use it to grow crops such as citrus, almonds, apples, peaches, grapes, and blueberries sold in major grocery chains around the country.

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Group demands change in dam operations to protect frog 22.7.2015 AP Washington
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) -- A conservation group demands a change in operations at two irrigation dams on the upper Deschutes River to protect the Oregon spotted frog, a threatened species....
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Water and Power: Divert the water, pay the fine 21.7.2015 LA Times: Commentary
Your guide to the California drought from the Los Angeles Times. The L.A. Times sent a reporter and a photographer on a road trip to capture the realities of the drought. Here are their dispatches from the dry, dusty road. #drylandsCA Subscribe to the newsletter NEWS AND POLICY Fine for you: Last...
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California proposes historic $1.5M fine for taking water 21.7.2015 Seattle Times: Business & Technology
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California regulators on Monday proposed a first-of-its-kind, $1.5 million fine for a group of Central Valley farmers accused of illegally taking water during the drought. It would be the first such fine against an individual or district with claims to water that are more than a century-old, known as senior water […]
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California irrigator faces record $1.5 million fine for drought violation 21.7.2015 World
By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - State regulators on Monday proposed a record $1.5 million fine against a northern California irrigation district accused of defying emergency drought restrictions by continuing to draw surface water placed off-limits for such diversions. The penalty, if approved by the state Water Resources Control Board, would be largest ever levied against a water user for an alleged unauthorized diversion during a drought, agency officials said. It also marks the first such enforcement action facing any of California's "senior water rights" holders, those dating to between 1903 and 1914, in connection with the latest drought, now in its fourth year.
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Shrinking Colorado River is a growing concern for Yuma farmers - and millions of water users 18.7.2015 LA Times: Nation
The Colorado River begins as snowmelt in the Rocky Mountains and ends 1,450 miles south in Mexico after making a final sacrifice to the United States: water for the farm fields in this powerhouse of American produce.
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What Do A Chlorinator And A Condom Tied To A Catheter Have In Common? 18.7.2015 NPR Health Science
They're both featured on a list of 30 innovations that could save millions of lives over the next 15 years.
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California flexes muscles in water tussle with farmers 17.7.2015 Yahoo: US National
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — California water regulators flexed their muscles by ordering a group of farmers to stop pumping from a branch of the San Joaquin River amid an escalating battle over how much power the state has to protect waterways that are drying up in the ...
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State issues first action to enforce a water rights curtailment 17.7.2015 LA Times: Commentary
State regulators Thursday took another step in the escalating battle over drought-related curtailments of thousands of California water rights.
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California Orders Farmers To Stop Pumping Water 17.7.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — California water regulators flexed their muscles on Thursday by ordering a group of farmers to stop pumping from a branch of the San Joaquin River amid an escalating battle over how much power the state has to protect waterways that are drying up in the drought. The State Water Resources Control Board issued the cease and desist order against an irrigation district in California's agriculture-rich Central Valley that it said had failed to obey a previous warning to stop pumping. Hefty fines could follow. The action against the West Side Irrigation District in Tracy could be the first of many as farmers, cities and corporations dig in to protect water rights that were secured long before people began flooding the West and have remained all but immune from mandatory curtailments. "I've made investments as a farmer based on the rule of law," said David Phippen, an almond grower in the South San Joaquin Irrigation District. "Now, somebody's changing the law that we depend on." Phippen ...
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State says irrigation district violated 2015 drought order 17.7.2015 Yahoo: US National
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has issued its first cease and desist order telling an irrigation district to stop pumping water under this year's tightened drought regulations,
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California officials issue first order telling an irrigation district to stop pumping water 16.7.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California officials issue first order telling an irrigation district to stop pumping water.
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