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California agencies float Colorado River water cuts proposal

Oct. 05, 2022 22:38 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California water agencies that rely on the parched Colorado River said Wednesday they can reduce their use by one-tenth starting in 2023 in response to calls for cuts from the federal government. The agencies, which supply water to farmers and millions of...

Regulators propose $125K settlement with coal company

Oct. 04, 2022 11:47 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia regulators have proposed a $125,000 settlement of a penalty order with a Kentucky coal company for alleged water pollution violations, according to a published report. The state Department of Environmental Protection says Lexington Coal Co....

MN Supreme Court: Farm country stream is protected waterway

Sep. 29, 2022 10:53 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled a western county in the state must conduct an environmental review to determine whether a proposed drainage ditch improvement could harm one of the last free-flowing creeks in the heavily agricultural area. The ruling...

Editorial Roundup: North Carolina

Sep. 28, 2022 14:15 PM EDT

Charlotte Observer/Raleigh News and Observer. September 23, 2022. Editorial: NC Republicans who voted to overturn 2020 election oppose plan to avoid another coup Almost everything in Congress — access to contraception, lowering the cost of insulin, infrastructure...

Flaming Gorge falls as drought felt higher up Colorado River

Sep. 16, 2022 10:08 AM EDT

FLAMING GORGE RESERVOIR, Wyo. (AP) — Tony Valdez wasn't worried about being left high and dry when he bought Buckboard Marina three years ago, but that's changed with the receding waters of Flaming Gorge Reservoir. This year, he has already dredged 10 feet (3 meters) so boats could...

Desert farms in Utah flourish with water from Colorado River

Sep. 16, 2022 10:01 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (AP) — The second driest state in the country, Utah, doesn’t contribute much water to the Colorado River as it flows from Rocky Mountain headwaters through Canyonlands National Park to Lake Powell. Utah has a unique position in the middle of the river basin,...

State of unease: Colorado basin tribes without water rights

Sep. 15, 2022 19:37 PM EDT

PEACH SPRINGS, Ariz. (AP) — Garnett Querta slips on his work gloves as he shifts the big rig he’s driving into park. Within seconds, he unrolls a fire hose and opens a hydrant, sending water flowing into one of the plastic tanks on the truck’s flat bed. His timer is set for 5...

Nevada looks to conservation as the Colorado River dwindles

Sep. 15, 2022 11:27 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Only a few miles from the Las Vegas Strip, in the Mojave Desert, is an unlikely scene: A county park with walking trails and thick vegetation that circles a vibrant rush of flowing water. Known as the Las Vegas Wash, the water running through this channel is a...

State of unease: Colorado basin tribes without water rights

Sep. 15, 2022 10:55 AM EDT

Garnett Querta slips on his work gloves as he shifts the big rig he’s driving into park. Within seconds, he unrolls a fire hose and opens a hydrant, sending water flowing into one of the plastic tanks on the truck’s flat bed. His timer is set for 5 minutes, 20 seconds — when...

Increasing pressures on Colorado River water in New Mexico

Sep. 14, 2022 11:33 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Colorado River tributaries in New Mexico bring water to the alfalfa fields in the Four Corners and the forested hills of the Gila wilderness in the southwestern part of the state. But Colorado River and reservoir management was designed during a much wetter...