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Oregon, already struggling with drought, may have still more to come
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Oregon, already struggling with drought, may have still more to come

Record heat and low rainfall have prompted drought emergency declarations in nearly a third of Oregon's counties. Predicted El Niño conditions may mean there’s no relief in store this winter.
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Big food brands commit to conserve water, soil - and the climate
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Big food brands commit to conserve water, soil - and the climate

Major food growers and retailers are looking hard at their growing and distribution practices to conserve soil nutrients and protect water quality. It’s an effort to reduce impacts throughout the entire food supply chain.
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Farms, food producers taking strides to save water - and the climate
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Farms, food producers taking strides to save water - and the climate

Farming and food production use most of the world’s water and produce 13 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. A number of major growers and processors are taking steps to reduce those impacts, writes Ceres’ Kirsten James.
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In Colorado, water bosses begin to accept climate change impacts
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In Colorado, water bosses begin to accept climate change impacts

Old assumptions aren’t working to predict today’s water supplies in the Rocky Mountain state, much less the future. Many planning scenarios ‘are actually pretty scary,’ says one water official.
Is groundwater recharge a ‘beneficial use’? California law says no
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Is groundwater recharge a ‘beneficial use’? California law says no

State law does not currently allow surface water to be used for groundwater recharge if the goal is managing pollution, reversing subsidence or controlling salinity. That could be a problem as local agencies begin trying to make their groundwater use more sustainable.
On wetland regulation, we may define away nature at our own peril
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On wetland regulation, we may define away nature at our own peril

Efforts by the Trump administration to rewrite wetlands regulations could undermine natural functions that are crucial to clean drinking water, flood protection and wildlife habitat, says Jessica Kao.
Colorado voters face competing measures to restrict fracking
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Colorado voters face competing measures to restrict fracking

Amid concern about groundwater contamination, a ballot measure would force new fracking wells to keep their distance from homes. Another, sponsored by the oil industry, would force local government to compensate property owners for any lost value that results.
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