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US: Endangered fish on upswing in Colorado River basin

Jan. 21, 2020 8:40 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — An endangered fish found in the Colorado River basin is on the upswing, federal officials said Tuesday as they proposed reclassifying the humpback chub as threatened. The fish that gets its name from a fleshy bump behind its head is one of four endangered fish that make their home...

FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019 file photo, rescue workers in a helicopter search a flooded area after a dam collapsed in Brumadinho, Brazil. Prosecutors in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais said Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020 they will present charges against mining giant Vale, its German auditor Tuv Sud and 16 individuals in connection with the dam collapse last January that killed more than 200 people. (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)

Brazil prosecutors charge Vale, individuals in dam disaster

Jan. 21, 2020 5:34 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian prosecutors filed charges Tuesday against mining giant Vale, its German auditor Tuv Sud and 16 individuals alleging intentional homicide and environmental crimes in connection with a mine dam collapse that killed more than 250 people a year ago. Among those charged were...

Darkening skies surround the Oktibbeha County Lake near Starkville, Miss., Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. The rain-swollen lake is keeping heavy pressure on a dam that is in danger of failing, state and local officials said Wednesday. A breach would affect an estimated 130 properties and nine highways. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Pressure building on rural north Mississippi dam

Jan. 15, 2020 6:58 PM EST

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Authorities worked to lower the level of a rain-swollen lake in rural north Mississippi on Wednesday, hoping to avoid the failure of a dam amid forecasts of more rain. An inspection of the earthen dam in Oktibbeha County on Tuesday led to warnings that it was in danger of failing...

In this Nov. 11, 2016, photo provided by the Museum of Hydrobiological Science of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, a Chinese paddlefish specimen made in 1990 is seen on display at the Museum of Hydrobiological Science of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Wuhan, China. The Chinese paddlefish's sharp, protruding snout made it one of the largest freshwater species in the world. Since scientists declared it extinct in a research paper published last week, Chinese internet users media outlets have been paying tribute to the hefty creature. (Museum of Hydrobiological Science of the Chinese Academy of Sciences via AP)

China mourns native paddlefish scientists say is now extinct

Jan. 10, 2020 10:11 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The Chinese paddlefish's sharp, protruding snout made it one of the largest freshwater species in the world. Since scientists declared it extinct in a research paper published last week, Chinese internet users and media outlets have been paying tribute to the hefty creature. “It's...

Missouri River power from upstream dams increases in 2019

Jan. 3, 2020 11:38 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The wet weather that caused so many flooding problems around the Midwest in 2019 had one small silver lining: electric generation from the Missouri River's six upstream dams was up 5.6 percent, federal officials said. It was the first time this century that the river had back-to-back...

In this Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, photo, sightseers plays on a sandbar in the Mekong River in Nakhon Phanom province, northeastern Thailand. Experts say the aquamarine color the Mekong River has recently acquired may beguile tourists but it also indicates a problem caused by upstream dams. The water usually is a yellowish-brown shade due to the sediment it normally carries downstream. But lately it has been running clear, taking on a blue-green hue that is a reflection of the sky. The water levels have also become unusually low, exposing sandbanks in the middle of the river. (AP Photo/Chessadaporn Buasai)

Thai official warns of water shortages due to weather, dams

Dec. 30, 2019 10:13 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand should brace for serious water shortages when the hot season begins in March after a year with unusually little rainfall, one of the country's top water management officials said Monday. Retention of water by dams in upstream areas of the Mekong River also is seen as contributing to...

FILE - In this June 22, 2017 file photo provided by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources shows a silver carp that was caught in the Illinois Waterway approximately nine miles away from Lake Michigan. Two invasive silver carp have been caught in southwestern Minnesota, marking the first confirmed discovery of the jumping fish in that area. They were netted this week only about 120 yards north of the Iowa border on the Ocheyedan River in Nobles County. (Illinois Department of Natural Resources via AP File)

Invasive silver carp confirmed for 1st time in SW Minnesota

Dec. 20, 2019 3:17 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two invasive silver carp have been caught in southwestern Minnesota after essentially sneaking into the state through the back door, marking the first confirmed discovery of the jumping fish in that area. They were netted only about 120 yards north of the Iowa border on the Ocheyedan...

FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2019, file photo, reservoir No. 1, a 180 million-gallon water supply that has been out of service much of the past few decades, sits against the backdrop of the city skyline in Atlanta. U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., is proposing Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019, to boost federal efforts to fortify the nation's dams following an Associated Press investigation that found scores of potentially troubling dams around the country.  (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

US senator proposes money, oversight to boost dam safety

Dec. 17, 2019 5:59 PM EST

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Tuesday called for more federal money and oversight to shore up the nation's aging dams following an Associated Press investigation that found scores of potentially troubling dams located near homes and communities across the country. Gillibrand said new legislation in the works...

FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2019 file photo, firefighters watch the body of a person they pulled from the mud, as it is lifted up and taken away by a helicopter days after a dam collapse in Brumadinho, Brazil. A company-commissioned study released Thursday, Dec. 12, found that none of the structure's monitoring systems gave warning of the collapse that killed at least 257 people, though other experts have said the disaster could have been prevented. (AP Photo/Leo Correa, File)

Vale-commissioned report says no warning before dam collapse

Dec. 12, 2019 4:24 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A company-commissioned study released Thursday on a deadly dam break in Brazil found that none of the structure's monitoring systems gave warning of the collapse that killed at least 257 people — though other experts have said the disaster could have been prevented. The report...

In this Sept 13, 2018 photo provided by the Environmental Protection Agency shows an aerial view of the Trowbridge Dam on the Kalamazoo River near Allegan, Mich., in southwestern Michigan. The aging dam will be taken down under an agreement reached between federal officials and NCR Corp., one of the companies whose paper mills polluted the river with toxic PCBs in the last century. (Paul Ruesch/Environmental Protection Agency via AP)

Company to pay $245M toward cleanup of Kalamazoo River PCBs

Dec. 11, 2019 5:30 PM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — One of the companies responsible for polluting an 80-mile (129-kilometer) stretch of river and floodplains in southwestern Michigan with toxic chemicals will pay at least $245.2 million to advance a cleanup effort that began more than 20 years ago, federal officials said...