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Politics, climate conspire as Tigris and Euphrates dwindle

Nov. 18, 2022 08:56 AM EST

DAWWAYAH, Iraq and ILISU DAM, Turkey (AP) — Next year, the water will come. The pipes have been laid to Ata Yigit’s sprawling farm in Turkey’s southeast connecting it to a dam on the Euphrates River. A dream, soon to become a reality, he says. He’s already grown a small corn...

Climate, politics double threat as Tigris-Euphrates shrivels

Nov. 18, 2022 01:37 AM EST

DAWWAYAH, Iraq and ILISU DAM, Turkey (AP) — Next year, the water will come. The pipes have been laid to Ata Yigit’s sprawling farm in Turkey’s southeast connecting it to a dam on the Euphrates River. A dream, soon to become a reality, he says. Over 1,000 kilometers (625 miles)...

'Momentous:' US advances largest dam demolition in history

Nov. 17, 2022 19:39 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — U.S. regulators approved a plan Thursday to demolish four dams on a California river and open up hundreds of miles of salmon habitat that would be the largest dam removal and river restoration project in the world when it goes forward. The Federal Energy...

Little Bluestone River tract protected, made accessible

Nov. 13, 2022 14:29 PM EST

JUMPING BRANCH, W.Va. (AP) — A section of the Little Bluestone River and the steep, forested hills that rise from its rocky shores near its confluence with the Bluestone National Scenic River are being protected and made accessible to the public. Little Bluestone Community Forest...

Hoopa Valley Tribe sues US over California water contracts

Oct. 31, 2022 22:51 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Hoopa Valley Tribe alleged in a lawsuit Monday that the federal government is violating its sovereignty and failing to collect money from California farms that rely on federally supplied water to pay for damages to tribal fisheries. The tribe, which...

New US plan could lead to federal action on Colorado River

Oct. 28, 2022 19:00 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Interior Department announced Friday that it will consider revising a set of guidelines for operating two major dams on the Colorado River in the first sign of what could lead to federal action to protect the once-massive but shrinking reservoirs behind them. ...

Rare toad fight similar to landmark endangered species case

Oct. 19, 2022 08:35 AM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The unusual circumstances that led to the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling on the Endangered Species Act in 1978 have not surfaced much since then. But the stage is being set in Nevada for another potentially significant test of the nation’s premier...

More rain feeds floods in northeastern and central Thailand

Oct. 09, 2022 11:37 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Heavy seasonal rains again pounded much of Thailand on Sunday, causing continued widespread flooding, particularly in the northeast and central regions. In the northeastern province of Ubon Ratchathani, almost 20,000 people have been moved into 85 temporary shelters...

Mixed results for Idaho sockeye salmon return this year

Oct. 05, 2022 18:22 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — More imperiled Snake River sockeye salmon returned to central Idaho this year than in nearly a decade, but biologists are disappointed that few of them came from fish that spawned naturally in the wild. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game said Wednesday that...

Thai capital on alert for flooding as heavy rains expected

Oct. 05, 2022 05:58 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Authorities in Thailand warned Wednesday of possible serious flooding in the capital and other parts of the central region from heavy seasonal rainfall expected through the rest of the week. The situation is being worsened by a large volume of water moving downriver from flooding...