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AP: At least 1,680 dams across the US pose potential risk

Nov. 11, 2019 1:02 PM EST

The security camera at Lake Dunlap Dam near San Antonio was rolling one day last May as it usually does, helping dam operators monitor for signs of trouble. The day, bright and clear, was unremarkable, the water flowing steadily over the top of the dam as it was supposed to. Suddenly and without warning, a...

Dozens of New England dams a safety risk, in need of repair

Nov. 10, 2019 9:24 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Merrymeeting Lake is like so many others in the New Hampshire woods, a bucolic summer getaway of cabins and second homes where vacationers sail, swim and fish. Like dozens of other lakes in the state, it also has a problem that is hidden from most of the people who come to enjoy it....

AP finds nearly 40 problematic dams in Massachusetts

Nov. 10, 2019 9:22 AM EST

BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) — When Frederick Law Olmsted designed this city's largest park in the 1930s, his centerpiece was a chain of small lakes and ponds. One of those, Ellis Brett Pond, was for years a popular swimming hole. Photographs from the 1950s show hundreds of people, adults and children alike,...

New federal grant program allots $10M for dams in 26 states

Nov. 10, 2019 7:48 AM EST

Built for irrigation in 1884, Smith Reservoir in Colorado no longer can hold as much water as it once did. To keep the dam from leaking, the water level at the suburban Denver reservoir is kept at least 2 feet below the level of the spillway — a critical safety precaution for the shopping center,...

Interior proposes coveted deal to ex-client of agency head

Nov. 8, 2019 7:33 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Interior Department is proposing to award one of the first contracts for federal water in perpetuity to a powerful rural California water district that had long employed Secretary David Bernhardt as a lobbyist. Conservation groups are demanding fuller disclosure of financial terms and...

PolyMet opponents ask appeals court to overturn mine permits

Oct. 23, 2019 3:54 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Opponents of the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine urged the Minnesota Court of Appeals on Wednesday to cancel two of the project's most important permits and order further proceedings to determine whether the mine's environmental and financial safeguards are adequate. "The real...

One of Europe's last untamed rivers is threatened by dams

Oct. 22, 2019 9:08 AM EDT

ALONG THE VJOSA RIVER (AP) — Under a broad plane tree near Albania's border with Greece, Jorgji Ilia fills a battered flask from one of the Vjosa River's many springs. "There is nothing else better than the river," the retired schoolteacher says. "The Vjosa gives beauty to our village." The Vjosa is...

Pacific Northwest tribes: Remove Columbia River dams

Oct. 14, 2019 9:23 PM EDT

THE DALLES, Ore. (AP) — Two Pacific Northwest tribes on Monday demanded the removal of three major hydroelectric dams on the Columbia River to save migrating salmon and starving orcas and restore fishing sites that were guaranteed to the tribes in a treaty more than 150 years ago. The Yakama and Lummi...

Tokyo area shuts down as powerful typhoon lashes Japan

Oct. 12, 2019 10:23 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A heavy downpour and strong winds pounded Tokyo and surrounding areas on Saturday as a powerful typhoon forecast to be Japan's worst in six decades made landfall and passed over the capital, where streets, nearby beaches and train stations were long deserted. Store shelves were bare after...

Proposals would dam Little Colorado River for hydropower

Oct. 8, 2019 6:24 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Little Colorado River cuts across the northeast corner of Arizona, emptying its waters into the much-larger Colorado River after a more than 330-mile journey. Few people wander in the remote region where it crosses the Navajo Nation, aside from river rafters traveling through...