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Progress Toward Restoring the Everglades: The Seventh Biennial Review - 2018 (2018)

Over the past two years, impressive progress has been made in planning new Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) projects, and the vision for CERP water storage is now becoming clear. Construction and completion of authorized CERP projects will likely take several decades, and at this pace of restoration, it is even more imperative that agencies anticipate and design for the Everglades of the future. CERP agencies should conduct ... More >>

Review of the Edwards Aquifer Habitat Conservation Plan: Report 3 (2018)

The Edwards Aquifer in south-central Texas is the primary source of drinking water for over 2.3 million people in the San Antonio area, and it supplies irrigation water to thousands of farms in the watershed. The aquifer also feeds the two largest springs in Texas, Comal Springs and San Marcos Springs, which house several plant and animal species found nowhere else in the world. The Edwards Aquifer Authority (EAA) and four other local entitie... More >>

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Future Water Priorities for the Nation: Directions for the U.S. Geological Survey Water Mission Area (2018)

Increasing pressure from growing populations, climate change, extreme weather, and aging water-related infrastructure threaten water availability and quality in the United States and abroad. As a result, research to help inform decision-making related to the management and use of water resources will be of paramount importance in coming decades. The Water Mission Area (WMA) of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has a long-established reputatio... More >>

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Review of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection Operations Support Tool for Water Supply (2018)

New York City's water supply system is one of the oldest, largest, and most complex in the nation. Managed by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP), the system delivers more than 1.1 billion gallons of drinking water each day from three upstate watersheds (Croton, Catskill, and Delaware) to meet the needs of over nine million people in New York City and its surrounding counties. In response to evolving permittin... More >>

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Science Breakthroughs to Advance Food and Agricultural Research by 2030 (2018)

The United States has been the world's leading agricultural producer for many years. Today the U.S. food and agriculture system faces formidable challenges and will be tested as world food production must double to meet the needs of a global population expected to reach 8.6 billion by 2030. In addition, natural systems in many regions are stressed by water scarcity, increased weather variability, floods, and droughts. This report concludes tha... More >>

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