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CALIFORNIA RAINS

Four straight days of rain have replenished several key reservoirs in Northern California, delighting a state in its fifth year of drought and raising hopes that water-use restrictions might be eased, the Associated Press reports.

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#FARMER POLL

Nearly three in four residents of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed say state and local government authority over water resources should trump federal authority. When health, safety and environmental regulations are needed, nearly half say they trust state and local governments, compared to only 28% who trust the federal government. The poll was sponsored by AFBF.

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IOWA WATER CASE

The Iowa Supreme Court will weigh in on legal questions that could be crucial in deciding whether Des Moines Water Works can seek damages from drainage districts in three north Iowa counties for nitrate-laden drinking water. Federal Judge Mark Bennett filed an order Monday sending the questions to the Iowa Supreme Court, given the case’s… read more

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IOWA SHIFTING FUNDS TO WATER ISSUES

A plan to shift $4.7 billion in projected sales tax receipts  from school building projects to water quality initiatives over a 32-year period, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad  announced this week along with USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack.

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LOW WATER

A section of the upper Mississippi River was closed to commercial traffic by the Coast Guard over the weekend for emergency dredging operations after a tow boat ran aground in low water near Quincy, Illinois, on Saturday. The disruption is preventing many grain elevators north of the closure from receiving empty barges they need to… read more

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IOWA WATER UPDATE

Des Moines Water Works has hired a new environmental advocacy leader for the public utility. The role will advocate for policies and partnerships focused on managing agricultural pollution that poses a threat to water quality.

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BOTTLED WATER POPULARITY

Despite obvious drawbacks—the plastic and the extra cost for something essentially free out of the tap—thirst for bottled water just keeps growing. U.S. bottled water volume rose 7% last year.  

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ANOTHER STEP IN A LONG CLIMB

Legislation granting extra protection to the Mahomet Aquifer and other aquifers in the state was signed into law Friday by Gov. Bruce Rauner. HB 1326 prohibits the disposal of manufactured gas plant wastes at most landfills in Illinois. The Mahomet Aquifer is a deep underground source of water for Champaign-Urbana and residents of 14 other… read more

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FUNDING CRUNCH FOR SWCD

Abbie Sperry, a resource conservationist with the Hancock County Soil and Water Conservation District, says helping maintain the state’s soil, and educating others on its importance, are key missions for soil and water conservation districts statewide. Their efforts could be washed away in the ongoing budget battle. “It takes 500 years to grow one inch… read more

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LAKE MICHIGAN WATER LEVEL REBOUNDS

Water levels in Lake Michigan have been replenishing at an unprecedented rate since receding by 4 feet in the late 1990s and hitting a record low two years ago. Lake Michigan has risen more than 3 feet since January 2013, according to government agencies. The resurging waters mean relief for commercial shipping. Although a few… read more

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