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Study says China-backed dam in Cambodia would destroy Mekong

May. 17, 2018 8:29 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A Chinese-backed plan for Cambodia to build the Mekong River's biggest dam would destroy fisheries that feed millions and worsen tensions with Vietnam, the downstream country with most to lose from dams on the waterway, according to a three-year study commissioned by the Cambodian...

Nearly 5,000 evacuated in Colombia after troubles at dam

May. 17, 2018 3:50 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Nearly 5,000 people living along a river in northern Colombia have been evacuated from their homes following flooding at a nearby dam. Government officials said Thursday one worker was injured at a hydroelectric dam being constructed on the Cauca River, but is in stable condition....

Scientists hope bug experiment fattens Colorado River fish

Apr. 30, 2018 6:10 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Any great fishing hole depends on the health and well-being of its bugs. In a key stretch of the Colorado River below a dam on the Arizona-Utah border, anglers have been pulling out long, skinny trout that don't give up much of a fight with a hook in their mouths. Turns out, they...

Sea lion relocation fails to protect Willamette Falls fish

Apr. 28, 2018 3:02 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife says its latest attempt to discourage savvy sea lions from feasting on native fish at Willamette Falls has proven to be an exercise in futility. The agency reports more than 25 California sea lions and Steller sea lions continue to prey on...

US House moves to reverse order to aid salmon

Apr. 25, 2018 8:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. House approved a bill Wednesday that would reverse a federal judge's order to spill more water from four Pacific Northwest dams to help migrating salmon reach the Pacific Ocean. The bill, approved 225-189, would prevent any changes in dam operations until 2022. It was sponsored...

Republicans criticize spill of dam water to help salmon

Apr. 15, 2018 1:43 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Republican Congress members from the Pacific Northwest are upset with a federal judge's order to spill water from four Snake River dams to help speed migrating salmon to the Pacific Ocean. They say the water could be saved for other uses and are denouncing the spill, which began April...

The Latest: Dam spillway unused following California deluge

Apr. 8, 2018 4:30 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on a wet California storm (all times local): 1:30 p.m. Officials say water flows into Lake Oroville following the Northern California storm are not enough to require opening the partially rebuilt spillway at the troubled dam. California Department of Water Resources...

Rivers swell as wet storm moves through Northern California

Apr. 7, 2018 11:01 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Up to 6 inches (15 centimeters) of rain fell over two days as a drenching "Pineapple Express" storm swelled rivers and flooded roads in Northern California, forecasters said Saturday. The heaviest rain was in the northern Sierra and in coastal counties from San Francisco north to...

Court lifts block on Montana dam in endangered fish dispute

Apr. 4, 2018 5:54 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A federal appeals court ruling Wednesday will allow construction to begin on a $59 million dam on Montana's Yellowstone River that wildlife advocates say could doom an endangered ancient fish species. But the legal fight isn't over yet, and the U.S. government agency leading the...

Court OKs boosting water spill to aid fish at Northwest dams

Apr. 2, 2018 6:26 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A U.S. appeals court on Monday affirmed an order to spill more water over Columbia and Snake river dams to help protect salmon and steelhead and aid their migration to the sea. The decision came after U.S. District Court Judge Michael Simon of Oregon ruled last spring that the U.S....