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Maryland officials criticize upstream states for bay debris

Aug. 1, 2018 5:57 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — After a week of heavy rain, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has a message for states upstream of the Chesapeake Bay: step up and take responsibility for the sediment and debris pouring into the nation's largest estuary. The Republican governor described the situation as "an economic and...

Questions raised following deadly Laos dam collapse

Jul. 26, 2018 6:46 AM EDT

SANAMXAY, Laos (AP) — Authorities in Laos ordered closer monitoring of hydroelectric facilities as they investigate why a dam in the country's southeast collapsed earlier this week, killing at least 27 people and leaving 131 missing. Floodwaters that rose to rooftops were slowly receding Thursday as...

Laos dam disaster leaves 24 dead, scores missing

Jul. 25, 2018 10:40 AM EDT

ATTAPEU, Laos (AP) — Rescuers searched Wednesday for scores of villagers left missing when part of a newly built hydroelectric dam broke in southeastern Laos, flooding the surrounding countryside and killing at least 24 people, officials said. Thousands of people lost their homes when the South...

US agencies win fight over Yellowstone dam, endangered fish

Jul. 24, 2018 4:34 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A federal judge rejected claims that a long-stalled irrigation dam in Montana would doom a primitive, endangered fish species, prompting U.S. officials to say Tuesday that a contract for the project will be awarded by the end of the year. Judge Brian Morris ruled last week that environmental...

Flooding from Laos hydroelectric dam leaves hundreds missing

Jul. 24, 2018 12:33 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Massive flooding from a South Korean-constructed hydroelectric dam in Laos left several people dead and hundreds missing, state media said Tuesday. Rescue efforts were underway as top government officials rushed to the site and public appeals were launched for aid. The official Lao news...

Young Nubians revive dream of returning to land in Egypt

Jul. 15, 2018 6:00 AM EDT

ASWAN, Egypt (AP) — The world of their parents and grandparents was turned upside down more than 50 years ago when they were evacuated from villages along the Nile River to make way for the High Dam. Now a younger generation has revived the long-dormant cause of Egypt's Nubians, campaigning for a return to...

Iraq bans farming summer crops as water crisis grows dire

Jul. 5, 2018 2:19 PM EDT

MISHKHAB, Iraq (AP) — Iraq has banned its farmers from planting summer crops this year as the country grapples with a crippling water shortage that shows few signs of abating. Citing high temperatures and insufficient rains, Dhafer Abdalla, an adviser to Iraq's Ministry of Water Resources, told The...

Man visiting all Oregon rivers for law's anniversary

Jun. 30, 2018 3:05 AM EDT

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — When Zach Collier paddled down the cool and clear upper Chetco River earlier this month, he couldn't help but think back to events five decades ago that helped put him there. Men in suits on the East Coast who were worried about the river-damming era of their time pushed for a law that...