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Parties in federal salmon lawsuit seek pause in litigation

Oct. 21, 2021 17:56 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Fishing and conservation groups on Thursday joined with the state of Oregon, the Nez Perce Tribe and the Biden administration to seek a pause in litigation challenging the latest federal plan for hydropower operations on the Snake and Columbia rivers in an effort to...

Maine environment groups sue to protect last Atlantic salmon

Oct. 21, 2021 16:27 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A group of environmental organizations filed court papers Thursday to try to halt operations at Maine dams to protect salmon. Atlantic salmon are listed as endangered by the federal government. They used to swim upstream and spawn in almost every...

US formally removes Colorado River fish's endangered status

Oct. 18, 2021 15:40 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The humpback chub, a rare fish found only in the Colorado River basin, has been brought back from the brink of extinction after decades of protection, though work must continue to ensure its survival, federal authorities said Monday in reclassifying the species from endangered...

Project aims to preserve an Arizona tribe's cultural history

Oct. 18, 2021 10:46 AM EDT

MOHAVE VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) — Hidden away in Christmas Tree Pass near the Arizona-Nevada border, more than 700 petroglyphs can be found at Grapevine Canyon. The petroglyphs, which were carved into the canyon rocks sometime between 1100 and 1900 AD, are a reminder that...

Crews remove historic Vermont dam that threatened to fail

Oct. 12, 2021 12:24 PM EDT

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — A dam built at the end of the 18th century has been fully removed after it was abandoned and contributed to flooding that threatened nearby homes in central Vermont. The removal of the Dunklee Pond dam started in 2019 and was completed in the past...

Wildlife biologists studying migration of the American shad

Oct. 10, 2021 11:58 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts state wildlife biologists are participating in an ongoing study of the American shad — a fish that spends more of its life in the ocean, but returns to fresh water to spawn. During these migrations, shad must travel long distances, and can...

Hydropower decline adds strain to power grids in drought

Oct. 10, 2021 08:08 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — After water levels at a California dam fell to historic lows this summer, the main hydropower plant it feeds was shut down. At the Hoover Dam in Nevada — one of the country’s biggest hydropower generators — production is down by 25%. If extreme drought persists,...

Officials in Thailand see signs of flood threat easing

Oct. 04, 2021 06:10 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Widespread flooding in Thailand was easing, allowing the capital Bangkok to avoid serious damage, officials said Monday. Eight people had died and one woman was missing when floods fed by a storm a week ago inundated hundreds of thousands of households...

Corps plans more Montana dam releases to help sturgeon spawn

Oct. 02, 2021 10:10 AM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A plan designed to test whether boosting water releases from Fort Peck Dam in the spring could help endangered pallid sturgeon successfully spawn has been approved. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released its environmental impact statement on...

Bangkok braces for possible flooding as rains continue

Sep. 30, 2021 21:06 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Authorities sandbagged low-lying areas in the Thai capital and checked pumping stations Thursday along the Chao Phraya River in preparation for possible flooding as dams upstream, swollen by heavy rains, were forced to release water as a precaution. ...