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Las Vegas pushes land swap to balance growth, conservation

Jun. 19, 2021 18:13 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Record-breaking heat and historic drought in the U.S. West are doing little to discourage cities from planning to welcome millions of new residents in the decades ahead. From Phoenix to Boise, officials are preparing for a future both with more...

A trip down one of Montana's great rivers -- the Mighty Mo'

Jun. 19, 2021 12:14 PM EDT

COAL BANKS LANDING, Mont. (AP) — “Ju-dith Lan-ding,” followed by a rhythmic five-beat clap, rung through miles of cliffs as 14 people set out from Coal Banks Landing on Memorial Day weekend. The phrase, a popular one among this group of friends and fellow travelers,...

Too many wood pellets, too little water contributed to blaze

Jun. 19, 2021 10:43 AM EDT

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — The size of wood pellet stacks and low water pressure may have contributed to a spectacular blaze that burned for days in May at a warehouse on the Georgia coast. The Brunswick News reports that Georgia Ports Authority Chief...

Amid report on farm-related pollution, conservation cited

Jun. 19, 2021 09:13 AM EDT

MARIETTA, Pa. (AP) — Luke Brubaker admitted that he’s proud of his soil as he bent over and gestured with an extended arm to a field on his northwestern Lancaster County dairy operation. He pointed to the largely unbroken soil, where modern farming practices allow...

Oil spill settlement to fund loon conservation projects

Jun. 19, 2021 08:46 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A half-dozen projects in New England and New York are slated to receive more than $3.5 million in funding to help protect common loons. Loons have been the focus of conservation efforts throughout the country, and they have slowly come back in...

Former US congresswoman eyed for rural development post

Jun. 18, 2021 18:31 PM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Former U.S. Congresswoman Xochitl Torres Small has been nominated by President Joe Biden to serve as the under secretary for rural development at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation announced...

State has major win in Buckhorn mine Clean Water Act case

Jun. 18, 2021 17:06 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A federal judge has issued a summary judgment in favor of Washington state against two gold mining companies over years of water pollution stemming from the Buckhorn Mountain gold mine in Okanogan County. U.S. District Court Judge Rosanna Malouf...

New Mexico official delays vote over stream access issue

Jun. 18, 2021 16:37 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The debate over whether the public has a right to fish or float streams and other waterways that flow through private property has percolated for decades in many western U.S. states — and it has reaching a boiling point in New Mexico. The...

Chlorine shortage: Cities ask people to reduce water use

Jun. 18, 2021 14:54 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Authorities in Lake Oswego and Tigard in Oregon and Anacortes in Washington are among the communities asking residents to reduce water use during a chlorine shortage. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports the chemical used in small amounts by water...

Iowa's high court stops lawsuit over farm runoff pollution

Jun. 18, 2021 13:03 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A sharply divided Iowa Supreme Court on Friday stopped a lawsuit aimed at reducing the flow of fertilizer and hog farm waste into the state's river and streams, finding that limiting pollution from farms was a political matter and not one for the courts. ...