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With droughts in the south, floods in the midwest and water wars in the east, why are there so many problems with water in the U.s.?

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Floods in the midwest in August of 2007, streets flooded in downtown Findlay, Ohio. tired of worrying every time it rains, residents and business leaders have been gathering to figure out why flooding has become such a big problem along the blanchard River. Page 64 also in This issUe

the water issue With droughts in the South, floods in the Midwest and water wars in the East, why are there so many problems with water in the U.S.?

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Examining the water situation around the country, GREEN finds farmers in Texas hoping for rain, residents in Ohio looking for dry land and politicians in Georgia battling for the increasingly scarce resource. The stories you need to read begin on Page 60

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DeParTmenTs Thoughts Readers were intrigued by February’s cover story about monkeys saving the world, one banana at a time. Page 12 endnote Leonardo DiCaprio writes “Ode to the Environmentalist,” a poem that might have you start reading from the back of the book. Page 98


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Green takes you on a GREEN journey across the country highlights: country, and highlighting ❖ Droughts in the South 62 waters issues in the south, ❖ Floodsand in theeast. Midwest 68 midwest ❖ Water wars in the East 74

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Droughts in the south Gene corrigan looked at freshly planted seeds on his Texan farm this season and faced a tough decision: plant crops and hope for rain or cut his losses now. by rincey abraham

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a Tough Decision Dry-land farmer Gene Corrigan drives a tractor on his farm in La Pryor, texas, in March. He and other farmers across much of texas are again facing drought conditions and tough decisions ahead of them.

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you just never know about the weather. it’s just like going to Las Vegas.

Gene CorriGan Dry land farmer

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Dry spell in the south Farmer Hal Jessee, 83, stands

on his texan farm last month. He, along with other farmers across much of texas, is facing a daunting decision: plant crops and hope for rain or cut his losses now.

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February 2008 Monkeys Saving the World

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