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  • Wyoming officials blast proposed EPA water regulations Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 2:54 PM ET

    CHEYENNE, Wyo.— Wyoming officials say they're disappointed with water quality regulations the federal government released Wednesday that would extend federal authority over smaller waterways such as tributaries and wetlands. Mead issued a statement saying he's frustrated the EPA didn't work more closely with states on developing the rules, something he...

  • This drought solution takes less energy than AC Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 2:33 PM ET
    Water is pumped into a field that will be planted with rice on May 8, 2015, in Biggs, Calif.

    Desalination is an expensive option compared to other methods of providing water, but many American habits take more energy than we realize.

  • Obama administration issues new rules to protect water Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 11:48 AM ET

    The Waters of the United State rule, issued by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers, aims to give clarity about which bodies of water the EPA would have jurisdiction over. The result will be better public service nationwide, "said Jo-Ellen Darcy, assistant secretary for the Army, Civil Works. The EPA and Army Corps said they took...

  • In dry California, tourism stays buoyant—and wet Sunday, 24 May 2015 | 12:00 PM ET

    Despite strict water restrictions, California's water parks are still wet, fairways are still green and showering at hotels is still possible.

  • California farmers agree to drastically cut water use Saturday, 23 May 2015 | 3:09 AM ET

    SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California farmers who hold some of the state's strongest water rights avoided the threat of deep mandatory cuts when the state accepted their proposal to voluntarily reduce consumption by 25 percent amid one of the worst droughts on record. The rare concession from the farmers is the latest indication of the severity of the water shortage...

  • PORTLAND, Ore., May 22- Oregon Governor Kate Brown expanded the state's drought emergency to eight more counties on Friday amid a devastating West Coast drought and warned that water shortages could be imminent and a tough fire season may be ahead. The new Oregon counties listed in a drought emergency are Deschutes, Grant, Jackson, Josephine, Lane, Morrow, Umatilla...

  • May 22- A small offshore oil platform caught fire in shallow water near the coast of Louisiana on Friday and a sheen was seen in the sea after workers were evacuated, officials said. All 28 workers aboard were taken from the platform, located about 20 miles east of the boot tip of Louisiana, onto a nearby supply vessel and taken ashore. It was unclear how much oil had...

  • Making wine from wastewater: No, it's not a joke Friday, 22 May 2015 | 12:00 PM ET
    Green Island Vineyards grows Pinot Noir grapes for top Napa Valley wineries, and uses treated wastewater to irrigate.

    "California has a lot of growing up to do on how to use water well," says a Napa wine grape grower who uses recycled wastewater to irrigate his vines.

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California OKs offer of voluntary water cuts by farmers trying to avoid deeper drought losses.

  • California farmers strike a deal to cut water use Friday, 22 May 2015 | 2:27 AM ET

    SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California farmers who hold some of the state's strongest water rights avoided the threat of deep mandatory cuts when the state accepted their proposal Friday to voluntarily reduce consumption by 25 percent amid one of the worst droughts on record. The rare concession from the farmers is the latest indication of the severity of the water...

  • BUCKEYE LAKE, Ohio— An engineering firm that analyzed the deteriorated dam at central Ohio's Buckeye Lake suggested Friday that changes could be made to raise the water level and keep boats and surrounding businesses afloat without decreasing safety, though state officials have some concerns about the proposals. The local chamber of commerce sought an...

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California farmers who hold rights to water that date as far back as the Gold Rush are bracing for their first state-ordered conservation in decades, as a record drought prompts some of the deepest cuts yet in the country's most productive agricultural state. Regulators said those first orders Friday will impact holders of century-old...

  • US STOCKS-U.S. stocks tread water as Fed minutes loom Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 1:07 PM ET

    *Fed minutes expected at 2:00 p.m. ET. *Southwest Airlines leads fall in airline stocks. *Yahoo bounces back from sharp selloff on Tuesday.

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Farmers and other landowners who staked the earliest claims to California's water are last to suffer cutbacks at times of drought under the state's water-rights system. Rural irrigation districts in Modesto and the Sierra Foothills have claims, and water departments in San Francisco and Los Angeles are among the biggest users.

  • California farmers offer to give up some water, avoid cuts Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 11:53 AM ET

    SACRAMENTO, Calif.— A group of California farmers, in a surprising turnaround, is volunteering to give up a fourth of its available water this year, sharing a resource all but guaranteed to them for more than a century. The offer was made as these and other "senior water rights holders" face an imminent threat of being included in the mandatory cutbacks that apply to...

  • California farmers propose voluntary cuts Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 12:09 AM ET

    FRESNO, Calif.— Farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta who have California's oldest water rights are proposing to voluntarily cut their use by 25 percent to avoid the possibility of even harsher restrictions by the state later this summer as the record drought continues. If the state accepts the deal, Delta water managers say it may become a model for...

  • CAXITO, Angola, May 19- After decades of civil war destroyed Angola's fertile farmland and a booming oil industry pushed out all other commerce, Santa Rodrigo wondered how she could ever bring up her five children in the poverty that surrounded them. So the result of an investment in 2005 to irrigate the land where Santa Rodrigo lives- Caxito, around 60 kilometres...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— California regulators on Monday expanded their list of thousands of state-permitted oil and gas wells where below-ground injections may be contaminating drinking-water reserves. An ongoing state review ordered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has yet to break that down into whether any Californian is drinking contaminated...

  • 8 states get new drought aid for farms, ranches Monday, 18 May 2015 | 2:18 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Farmers and ranchers in the West's worst-hit drought regions will receive an additional $21 million to help them save water and soil despite the long dry spell. That includes parts of California, Kansas, Idaho, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas and Utah. The money comes from the federal Natural Resources Conservation Service.

  • Wyoming governor pushes coal ports on Northwest trip Monday, 18 May 2015 | 1:37 PM ET

    CHEYENNE, Wyo.— Faced with sliding domestic demand for coal, the governor of Wyoming has kept pressing for access to deep-water ports in the Northwest that would allow exports to Asian markets. Jay Inslee in Olympia and plans to meet Tuesday with Oregon Gov. The stakes are high for Wyoming— the nation's leading coal-producing state— to find new markets.