Latest Freshwater pollution News

Polluters pick up tab for restoration of threatened cedar

Sep. 23, 2021 09:11 AM EDT

WOODLAND TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey plans to restore vast tracts of a coastal tree species threatened by climate change, and will pay for it with money from polluters of groundwater. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection said Thursday its plan to...

AP PHOTOS: Weeds, sewage choke Kashmir's famed Dal Lake

Sep. 22, 2021 23:41 PM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Boatman Noor Muhammad struggles to row as his boat moves deep into famed Dal Lake in Srinagar, the main city in Indian-controlled Kashmir. He presses hard on his oar to untangle the vessel from thick vegetation. “It is very difficult to paddle...

Long-duration storm drops 1-4 inches of rain on Detroit area

Sep. 22, 2021 22:00 PM EDT

WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. (AP) — No major flooding problems were reported Wednesday in the Detroit area following a nearly daylong steady rain that was the latest batch of wet weather to roll through parts of Michigan and other Midwestern states. By Wednesday morning,...

Cleanup of abandoned mines could get boost, relieving rivers

Sep. 20, 2021 09:07 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Thousands of abandoned coal mines in the U.S. have been polluting rivers and streams for decades, in some cases harming fish and contaminating drinking water. Now efforts to finally clean up the sites could soon get a big boost. Tucked into the...

Firefighters contain recycling facility blaze in North Vegas

Sep. 13, 2021 20:23 PM EDT

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) — Firefighters spent several hours Monday containing an intense fire that billowed smoke at a regional trash recycling facility in North Las Vegas. No injuries were reported and the cause of the Monday morning fire was not immediately known....

Environmentalists monitor downstream impacts of soft water

Sep. 06, 2021 01:15 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — As the CEO of Madison Boats, Tyler Leeper is “highly invested” in ensuring the many water bodies that define Madison stay healthy. Decades of rising chloride levels are threatening more than just Leeper’s bottom line. ...

South Dakota lake closed to swimming due to harmful bacteria

Sep. 05, 2021 11:49 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, S.D. (AP) — A popular lake for water enthusiasts in southeastern South Dakota has been closed indefinitely to swimmers due to harmful bacteria, Game Fish and Parks Department officials said. Routine water testing at the the Lake Alvin Recreation Area near...

Judge OKs settlement with US Steel over 2017 Indiana spill

Sep. 02, 2021 16:38 PM EDT

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A federal judge has approved a revised settlement with U.S. Steel, more than four years after one of the steelmaker's Indiana plants discharged wastewater containing a potentially carcinogenic chemical into a Lake Michigan tributary. U.S. District...

'Forever chemicals' found in groundwater near military bases

Aug. 31, 2021 15:51 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — High levels of toxic, widely used “forever chemicals” contaminate groundwater around at least six military sites in the Great Lakes region, according to U.S. Department of Defense records that an environmental group released Tuesday. The...

Small lake in southwest Reno contaminated by algae bloom

Aug. 28, 2021 00:12 AM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A small lake in southwest Reno that's popular for recreation is contaminated by a blue-green algae bloom that promotes the growth of toxins, city officials said. The city issued a warning Friday and put up signs telling people to avoid contact with the...