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How climate change is increasing the unpredictability of Utah’s streams

New research shows that the long-term trend of warmer winters and less snow has made Utah’s streamflow more sporadic. And researchers say Utahns should prepare for it to keep getting worse.
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Good news for Madison lakes, but climate change could offset it

A Clean Lakes Alliance report indicates less phosphorous in the Yahara chain of lakes, which ultimately could mean more summer days when the lakes are free from algae blooms, but increased rainfall events could inhibit the progress.

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Rockies’ snowy winter may not mean enough runoff to replenish the Colorado River

Scientists say that while this winter’s snow may provide a temporary boost to major reservoirs, it will not provide enough water to fix the Southwest’s long-term supply-demand imbalance, as the beleaguered river continues to grapple with climate change and steady demand.
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The Salton Sea, an accident of history, faces a new water crisis

The vast California lake relies on runoff from cropland to avoid disappearing. But as farmers face water cuts due to drought and an ever drier Colorado River, the Salton Sea stands to lose again.
Warming winters are increasing fertilizer runoff and polluting waterways, a new study finds

Warming winters are increasing fertilizer runoff and polluting waterways, a new study finds

A new study finds as winter weather warms across the Midwest, fertilizers that once froze are now finding their way into streams and rivers.
‘Dead zone' smaller than expected, but bigger than desired

‘Dead zone' smaller than expected, but bigger than desired

Though significantly smaller than expected, this year's dead zone still far exceeds the long-term goal.
A federal funding program with bipartisan support helped clean up the Great Lakes. Could it work for the Mississippi River?

A federal funding program with bipartisan support helped clean up the Great Lakes. Could it work for the Mississippi River?

Mississippi River watershed communities like Bay City, Wisconsin are feeling the effects of environmental degradation. Advocates hope a proposed federal funding program, based on a successful initiative in the Great Lakes, could change this.
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