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Mongabay

Sahana Ghosh

29 June 2020

Hinta, Rajasthan, India

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A group of farmers in India have been trained to monitor their village’s groundwater levels to help its residents make more informed decisions about irrigation based on water availability. The farmers-turned-researche...

The Arizona Republic

Ian James

19 April 2020

Francisco Murguía, Baja California Sur, Mexico

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A unique partnership between environmental groups and governments in the United States and Mexico has led to the resurrection of wetlands and forests in the long-dry Colorado River Delta. Since the waters were dammed ...

The Guardian

Jennifer Kishan

19 March 2020

Kolkata, India

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As part of the Fix for Life campaign, members of Active Citizens Together for Sustainability (ACTS) have been working with plumbers to install taps on the free water pipes across Kolkata. Without taps, a significant a...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Hannah Wallace

2 March 2020

Cascade Lockes, Oregon, United States

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Washington State could pass one of the toughest restrictions on water bottling operations in the United States, thanks to activists who raised environmental concerns over a bottling facility that wanted to open in a t...

Yellowstone Public Radio

Rachel Cramer

10 February 2020

Havre, Montana, United States

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Upcycling spent barley helps to ease wastewater treatment. In Havre, Montana, the town’s wastewater treatment plant uses barley from a local brewery, Triple Dog Brewing, to feed bacteria. The nutrients from the barley...

PBS NewsHour

Melanie Saltzman

Christopher Livesay

Alessandro Pavone

1 February 2020

Jordan

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Jordan is dealing with an influx of Syrian refugees that are putting a strain on already scarce resources like water. In response, the United Nations World Food Program has started to grow barley and other foods hydro...

ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Angela Ross

15 January 2020

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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The use of rain gardens and rain tanks - which capture rainwater runoff, clean the water, and reuse the water for plants and gardens - helps to reduce water waste and toxic runoff. One Australian man built a rain gard...

Cronkite News - Arizona PBS

Miles Wilson

31 December 2019

Maricopa, Arizona, United States

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In Arizona, the use of drones as farming technology is gaining traction. While still in the early stages, drones have shown to help with field mapping and data collection on things like crop conditions, water quality,...

The Guardian

Damian Carrington

18 December 2019

El Fasher, Sudan

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Cooperation and collective action work not only to mitigate the effects of climate change, they can also build bridges to peace. In El Fasher, Sudan, farmers and pastoralists along the Wadi El Ku River have come toget...

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JoAnna Haugen

19 November 2019

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, United States

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Reducing the environmental footprint of travel and tourism requires curbing habits. Natural Habitat Adventures recently completed a “zero-waste” trip to Yellowstone National Park by implementing several strategies, in...

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Rishika Pardikar

13 November 2019

Laporiya, Rajasthan, India

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The people of a small village on the edge of the Thar Desert have managed for decades to resist "desertification" -- degradation of arid land to the point that it is uninhabitable -- by storing monsoon waters for use ...

Deseret News

Amy Joi O'Donoghue

9 November 2019

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

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To address worsening droughts and limited water resources in the 2nd driest state in the country, Utah government officials are implementing different methods of water metering throughout the state as a tool for water...

Albuquerque Journal

Theresa Davis

23 August 2019

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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A river-water treatment project and water conservation efforts are restoring Albuquerque’s groundwater levels in the aquifer beneath the New Mexico city. Residents have cut their water use in half by switching out gra...

Vox

Sigal Samuel

18 August 2019

Bangladesh

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As countries look to new ways to best conserve rivers, several are testing out a methodology of giving human rights to the bodies of water. Although not without challenges, this solution offers a way for those harming...

Reasons to be Cheerful

David Byrne

14 August 2019

Melbourne, Australia

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When Melbourne, Australia came close to running out of water in 2008, the water utility conducted a behavioral study to launch an effective communications campaign aimed at reducing water usage among city residents. A...

PBS NewsHour

Christopher Booker

Sam Weber

Connie Kargbo

2 June 2019

Downers Grove, Illinois, United States

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A wastewater treatment facility in suburban Chicago has become energy neutral. By accepting waste from oil and other sources not normally treated together, the facility increases biogas that can power the plant. Besid...

The Santa Fe New Mexican

Robert Nott

18 May 2019

Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States

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In Sante Fe, residents can get a rebate on their water bill for installing environmentally-friendly appliances. The program recently expanded to commercial businesses, and the city is being strategic in incentivizing ...

Idaho Statesman

Nicole Blanchard

5 May 2019

Boise, Idaho, United States

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A group called Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, now 36,000 strong, is bringing together people from different political and ideological backgrounds over a common interest in the preservation and conservation of public l...

Bloomberg CityLab

Jason Plautz

30 April 2019

Westminster, Colorado, United States

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Haunted by a 1962 drought in the town of Westminster, Colorado, the city's planners now incorporate water data in their planning processes to ensure that they never face the same sourcing issues again. By breaking dow...

The Guardian

Fiona Harvey

10 April 2019

Cape Town, South Africa

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As demand soars and climate change routinely throws cities into shortage crises, the availability of clean water is one of the most pressing challenges of the present and near future. Desalination has long been lambas...

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Julia Migné

8 April 2019

United Kingdom

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Making fashion sustainable requires a shift in the culture of the industry. Several brands and organizations are already working to change the unethical and unsustainable practices in fashion. From mobilizing hashtags...

Changing Florida

James Williams

3 April 2019

Florida, United States

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An experimental water treatment plant in Florida has been performing as efficiently as other conventional treatment plants for the last 24 years. Known as the Living Machine of the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, it filter...

The Santa Fe New Mexican

Teya Vitu

28 March 2019

Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States

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Restaurants can reduce water consumption by changing employee behavior and installing new technology, such as faucet aerators, water submeters, and high-efficiency toilets. When Santa Fe conducted voluntary water-usag...

Ensia

Sara Van Note

19 March 2019

Chaves County, New Mexico, United States

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Freshwater springs are an indicator of the health and quality of our groundwater (drinking water), but their conservation is often overlooked in government funding. This article offers a few examples of ongoing effort...

ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

David Claughton

9 March 2019

Boorowa, New South Wales, Australia

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Multiple farmers in New South Wales have overcome drought and transformed their farming practices through regenerative agriculture. They decreased pesticide use, increased the planting of native vegetation, and increa...

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