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  • Feds critical of California twin tunnel project Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 2:39 PM ET

    FRESNO, Calif.— A pair of giant water diversion tunnels proposed for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta could violate the federal Clean Water Act and increase harm to endangered fish species, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which released its formal comment on the project Thursday.

  • US official airs 'myths' on Colorado River water Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 11:43 AM ET

    LAS VEGAS— A top federal water administrator said Friday that several myths stand in the way of broad agreements needed to deal with increasing demand for water in the drought-stricken and over-allocated Colorado River basin.

  • The subpoenas are aimed at a US $4.7 bn facility provided by China Development Bank, ICBC and BOC to finance the construction of two hydroelectric dams in Patagonia and a US $2.1 bn loan from China Development Bank and ICBC to finance the Belgrano Cargas railway project.

  • Lawmakers approve groundwater management bill Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 8:56 PM ET

    SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Amid a third year of drought, state lawmakers began pushing legislation Wednesday that would begin to regulate groundwater for the first time in California history.

  • Judge asked to cut off extra water for salmon Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 2:10 PM ET

    Agricultural water providers in the Central Valley of California asked a federal judge to stop releases of extra water intended to help salmon in the Klamath Basin survive the drought.

  • Aug 25- A package of bills aimed at regulating drought-parched California's stressed groundwater supplies has come under fire from agricultural interests, injecting doubt into the measures' fates in the waning days of the state's legislative session this week.

  • Turf removal in parched California, at a glance Sunday, 24 Aug 2014 | 1:04 PM ET

    Long Beach, which began offering rebates in 2010 to residents who tear out their lawns, estimates that homes in its turf removal program cut down their water use by a fifth. In Southern California, more than 21 million square feet of turf have been removed since the incentives began, according to the region's Metropolitan Water District.

  • Californians tear out lawns to cope with drought Sunday, 24 Aug 2014 | 12:49 PM ET

    LONG BEACH, Calif.— Rick Blankenship was tired of an insatiable lawn he couldn't keep green, no matter how he watered it, so he decided to tear it out.

  • NC legislators approve regulating toxic coal ash Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 8:36 PM ET

    RALEIGH, N.C.— North Carolina lawmakers have approved legislation they say makes the state the nation's first to address decades of toxic water pollution from residue left behind by coal-burning electricity plants.

  • Feds say oil spill sheen dissipating in Ohio River Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 10:50 AM ET

    Officials with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are coordinating the response to the spill, which occurred at a Duke Energy power plant near Cincinnati late Monday. About 1,000 gallons of oil and contaminated water had been recovered as of Wednesday, the EPA said.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 20- As the first U.S. oil condensate exports head to Asia from the Gulf Coast, crude producers and refiners are exploring ways to get around a century-old law that makes it three times more expensive to ship by water between U.S. ports than to sail to a foreign port.

  • Duke plant spills 5K gallons of oil into Ohio River Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 11:35 AM ET
    W.C. Beckjord Generating Station on the Ohio River east of Cincinnati.

    The spill occurred during what Duke described in a statement as a 'routine transfer of fuel oil' at its WC Beckjord plant in New Richmond, Ohio.

  • USDA says Nebraska crops make good progress Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 4:56 AM ET

    The USDA says farmers in central Nebraska were able to reduce irrigation last week because healthy amounts of rain fell. In eastern Nebraska, cooler weather slowed crop development while warmer temperatures in western Nebraska helped dry more hay. The USDA estimated that 70 percent of both the corn and soybean crops are in good or excellent condition.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 18- Oregon on Monday denied Ambre Energy's request for a permit to build a coal export terminal on the Columbia River, saying the project was not in the best interests of the state's water resources.

  • 10 economies hit hard by climate change Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 4:41 AM ET

    CNBC looks at which countries may be worst hit, both environmentally and economically, by climate change.

  • California drought can't stop bottled water industry Thursday, 7 Aug 2014 | 12:00 PM ET

    A third year of severe drought in California has dried up water supplies and imposed restrictions. Yet bottled water is still being produced there.

  • HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug 6- Oil and gas producer Range Resources did not properly monitor leaks from a wastewater containment pond in Pennsylvania and the state has begun enforcement action that could lead to a fine, state officials said on Wednesday.

  • Finding opportunities in water stocks: Analyst Monday, 4 Aug 2014 | 4:03 PM ET
    A sign warns of algae infestation at Maumee Bay State Park, August 4, 2014 in Oregon, Ohio.

    Problems with the water supply in Toledo, Ohio, highlight the need for improvement in water infrastructure. Here's how one analyst would play it.

  • Drink up? Toledo mayor says water now safe Monday, 4 Aug 2014 | 10:34 AM ET
    Toledo police officers direct traffic near a water distribution point at Waite High School, Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, in Toledo, Ohio.

    The mayor lifted a three-day-old ban on drinking water triggered by raised levels of the chemical microcystin. NBC News reports.

  • July 24- Underground stores of water in the southwestern United States have receded dramatically amid ongoing drought that has parched states from Oklahoma to the Pacific Coast and is costing California billions in lost crops and jobs, a new study shows.