‘Our water is our diamond’

photo: Minnesota water lilies growing in recovering lakes

Photo: White water lilies bloom in South Center Lake off the shore of Loren’s Park in Center City. Three cities — Chisago City, Lindstrom and Center City — are surrounded by the Chisago Lakes Chain of Lakes. Most of Lindstrom’s 3.5 square miles lie within the shoreland district. Photo Credits: Ann Wessel, BWSR

As urban and rural conservation practices improve water quality, two lakes in the Chisago Lakes Chain of

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Flint officials agree to new rules in replacing lead water lines

Flint officials agree to new rules in replacing lead water lines

A lead main service line is exposed in Flint, Michigan. (Photo: Rachel Woolf / AP file photo)

Flint officials have reached a legal agreement to adhere to deadlines to track down all the remaining lead pipes with data analysis, the plaintiffs in a legal settlement said Tuesday.

The plaintiffs in the Concerned Pastors For Social Action group settlement case announced that Flint officials have agreed to the "statistical model" created … [more…]

North Dakota Seeks to Restrict Access to Public Records After Standing Rock Reporting Exposed Law Enforcement Abuses

photo: Police detain Ricardo Salazar, 25. Photo: Terray Sylvester/Reuters

Police detain Ricardo Salazar, 25, in a Dakota Access pipeline opposition camp near Cannon Ball, N.D., on Feb. 23, 2017. Photo: Terray Sylvester/Reuters

North Dakota lawmakers are considering a bill to restrict the release of records related to security operations involving “critical infrastructure” — a category that includes fossil fuel pipelines. The bill comes after The Intercept and other media outlets published stories documenting law enforcement surveillance and coordination with … [more…]

Shallow Waters

Shallow Waters

In a warmer world, the fight for water can push nations apart — or bring them together

The Rio Grande Valley of Texas is one of the fastest-growing places in the United States. Already hot and arid, and growing hotter, the booming, heavily Latino region depends almost entirely on the shriveling Rio Grande for water. Considered one of the most endangered rivers in North America, the Rio Grande provides drinking … [more…]

The Colorado River is evaporating, and climate change is largely to blame

The Colorado River is evaporating, and climate change is largely to blame

ED: reprinted from 2018 for its still-current relevance.

Colorado River water held back by the Hoover Dam. IMAGE: SHUTTERSTOCK / ROCKET PHOTOS – HQ STOCK

An hour’s drive from Las Vegas stands America’s Hoover Dam, a commanding barrier of concrete holding back the trillions of gallons of Colorado River water held inside Lake Mead.

The dam is a proud place, built by thousands of hands and with 5 million barrels … [more…]