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August 30th

August 28, 2011--Reservoir to be drained to repay Kan. water debt (Durango Herald)

An eastern Colorado reservoir popular with boaters is nearing its end as the state looks to Bonny Reservoir to send about 4 billion gallons of water to Nebraska and Kansas under a 1942 agreement among the three states to share water.

August 26, 2011--Fine-tuning the water supply crystal ball (Pueblo Chieftain)

For years, Colorado water planning efforts have centered around population projections that predict the state’s population will double by 2050.

August 26, 2011--Report: a fraction invested of the world’s GDP could drastically improve drinking water access (Washington Post)

Investing as little as 0.16 percent of the world’s gross domestic product — or $198 billion per year — could give half a billion people regular access to safe drinking water within four years, a U.N. official said Friday. That would halve the number of people who risk serious illness and death on a daily basis, the United Nations Environment Program said.

August 25, 2011--Drilling into the Dolores Basin (Durango Telegraph)

As the oil and gas industry waits for natural gas prices to rebound, area conservation groups want to ensure the next boom won’t be an environmental bust. This week, the San Juan Public Lands Center released a draft environmental impact statement on what is expected to be the next hot spot for oil and gas development in Southwest Colorado.

August 25, 2011--Less money, less water for N.M. species (Durango Herald)

Federal water managers are bracing for leaner budgets and lower flows in the Rio Grande in years to come, and that could mean trouble for endangered species that depend on New Mexico's largest river. The Bureau of Reclamation has released a draft biological assessment for water management along

August 25, 2011--Brazilian scientists find signs of 3,700-mile underground river flowing far under Amazon River (Washington Post)

A huge underground river appears to be flowing thousands of feet beneath the Amazon River, Brazilian scientists said Thursday. Valiya Hamza of Brazil’s National Observatory said researchers found indications the subterranean river is 3,700 miles (6,000 kilometers) long, about the same length as the Amazon on the surface.

August 25, 2011--Death by fashion: is your wardrobe poisoning the world's water supply? (Environmental News Network)

A Greenpeace investigation has discovered the toxic chemical nonylphenol ethoxylate (NPE) in clothing made by 14 major brands, including Adidas, H&M, Converse and Abercrombie and Fitch. NPE breaks down to form nonylphenol in water, which disrupts hormone levels and has been known to cause fish to change gender.

August 23rd

August 24, 2011--U.S. teen wins stockholm junior water prize with cell phone test (Environmental News Service)

An American teen who developed a low-cost method to test drinking water quality using a mobile phone has been awarded the 2011 Stockholm Junior Water Prize. Alison Bick received the prize from the hands of Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden at a ceremony on Tuesday that took place as part of the annual World Water Week in Stockholm.

August 23, 2011--Turning polluted water into electricity (Wall Street Journal)

A fuel cell that generates electricity from waste water polluted with organic compounds while all the while cleaning the water sounds like the stuff of science fantasy, but Chinese researchers appear to have developed one.

August 22, 2011--Radical overhaul of farming could be 'game-changer' for global food security (Science Daily)

According to the authors of new research released at the World Water Week in Stockholm, a radical transformation in the way farming and natural systems interact could simultaneously boost food production and protect the environment -- two goals that often have been at odds.