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This photo provided by Jim McCarthy shows the Winchester Dam in Winchester, Ore., on April 19, 2019. Environmental and fishing groups are suing a small, private water district in southern Oregon over the 130-year-old dam on a pristine stretch of the North Umpqua River. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Eugene, asks a judge to order the Winchester Water Control District to build a new fish ladder on the Winchester Dam and make major repairs to the overall dam, which is on a national historic registry. (JimMcCarthy/WaterWatch via AP)

Fishing, environmental groups sue over Umpqua River dam

Nov. 10, 2020 7:35 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A coalition of environmental and fishing groups are suing a water district in southern Oregon over an aging, privately owned dam that they say hinders the passage of struggling salmon populations in the pristine North Umpqua River. The lawsuit, filed Friday in U.S. District Court in...

German utility restores water supply to Tesla after stoppage

Oct. 16, 2020 11:29 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A German utility said Friday it is restoring water supply to the construction site of a Tesla factory near Berlin, a day after it was cut off because of an unpaid bill. “The payment has arrived and our colleagues are on their way” to turn the taps back on, Sandra Ponesky, a...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020 file photo, a street sign reading 'Tesla Street 1' stand in front of the construction site of the electric car Tesla Gigafactory in Gruenheide near in Berlin, Germany. A German utility company says it has shut down the pipes supplying Tesla with water for the construction of a factory near Berlin because the automaker hasn’t paid its bills. A spokeswoman for the company WSE said Thursday, Oct. 15 that Tesla was given repeated warnings its water supply would be turned off.  (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, file)

German water utility pulls plug on Tesla over unpaid bills

Oct. 15, 2020 1:58 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A German utility company says it has shut down the pipes supplying Tesla with water for the construction of a factory near Berlin because the automaker hasn't paid its bills. A spokeswoman for the company WSE said Thursday that Tesla was given repeated warnings its water supply would be...

President Donald Trump arrives for a campaign rally at John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, in Johnstown, Pa. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump makes water demand of farms priority for new office

Oct. 13, 2020 8:58 PM EDT

President Donald Trump on Tuesday created what he called a “subcabinet” for federal water issues, with a mandate that includes water-use changes sought by corporate farm interests and oil and gas. An executive order from Trump put Interior Secretary David Bernhardt and Environmental Protection...

Drought stirs fears of Dust Bowl near Madras

Oct. 10, 2020 10:01 AM EDT

BEND, Oregon (AP) — Evan Thomas, a farmer in Jefferson County, is used to seeing the landscape around his farm covered in various shades of green. This year those colors have mostly turned to brown, with occasional clouds of dust filling the skies. “It’s a horrible, horrible mess,”...