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Plan to raze 4 dams on California-Oregon line clears hurdle

Jun. 17, 2021 18:30 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A proposal to bring down four hydroelectric dams near the California-Oregon border cleared a major regulatory hurdle Thursday, setting the stage for the largest dam demolition project in U.S. history to save imperiled migratory salmon. The Federal...

Barge stuck on Alabama dam, so Mississippi yards flooding

Jun. 13, 2021 16:34 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Miss.. (AP) — A barge is stuck against a dam in Alabama, causing flooded yards in Mississippi, officials said. The barge can’t be removed from the Tom Bevill Lock and Dam in Aliceville, Alabama, until the water goes down, Lowndes County Emergency Management...

Dam operator fined $501K for polluting Puyallup River

Jun. 08, 2021 17:11 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington Department of Ecology has fined dam operator Electron Hydro, LLC, $501,000 for discharging discarded plastic field turf into the Puyallup River. Pieces of the artificial turf were found up to 21 miles (34 kilometers) downstream while...

Editorial Roundup: South Dakota

Jun. 08, 2021 16:46 PM EDT

Yankton Press & Dakotan. June 7, 2021. Editorial: USACE And Lessons From 2011 The decade that’s passed since the Missouri River flood of 2011 has seen a lot of changes in the way we look at the river, and that also includes the entity that...

House bill to shore up flood-prone NC areas gets panel's OK

Jun. 01, 2021 18:59 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Legislation that would spend $220 million in part to shore up highways, rivers and coastal areas prone to flooding so that North Carolina can better withstand the next big storm cleared a House committee on Tuesday. Some environmental groups also...

80-year-old and his scooter first to cross rebuilt dam in SC

May. 30, 2021 00:32 AM EDT

LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Every day for months, the construction crew rebuilding the dam at Lexington’s Gibson Pond Park had a regular visitor checking in on their progress. James Farnham didn’t work for the town or the construction company. The 80-year-old just wanted...

River herring, once eyed for endangered list, grow in counts

May. 28, 2021 10:13 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A small fish that has been the subject of conservation efforts for years appears to be growing in number in the rivers of the East Coast. River herring are critically important to coastal ecosystems because they serve as food for birds and larger...

Governor opposes Fort Peck dam changes to aid imperiled fish

May. 27, 2021 18:53 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Gov. Greg Gianforte is objecting to a U.S. government proposal to alter water releases from a huge reservoir in northeastern Montana to help an ancient and endangered fish species — the dinosaur-like pallid sturgeon. With two-thirds of the state...

Twelve Northwest tribes say they are united to save salmon

May. 27, 2021 18:28 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Some Native American tribes in the Pacific Northwest are criticizing the suggestion they have competing opinions on how best to save endangered salmon runs, saying tribes are united in pursuing the removal of four hydroelectric dams on the Snake River in order to...

Property owners near failed dams win key court ruling

May. 22, 2021 12:22 PM EDT

SANFORD, Mich. (AP) — Property owners near dams that failed in the Midland area won a key decision in lawsuits against the state. Judge Cynthia Stephens said the lawsuits can go forward, rejecting a request to dismiss by the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and...