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Alaska governor plans appeal of mine project denial

Jan. 8, 2021 9:38 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy said the state will appeal the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' rejection of a key permit for a proposed copper and gold mine in a region that supports the world's largest sockeye salmon runs. Dunleavy, in a statement Friday, called the corps' decision flawed...

A woman prepares to lay flowers on a beach following a shark attack at Bowentown near Waihi in New Zealand, Friday, Jan 8, 2021. A woman has died Thursday, Jan. 7, in what appears to be New Zealand's first fatal shark attack in eight years, police say. (George Novak/Bay of Plenty Times via AP)

Woman dies in suspected New Zealand shark attack

Jan. 8, 2021 1:14 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A woman has died in what appears to be New Zealand’s first fatal shark attack in eight years, police said on Friday. Emergency services responded late Thursday afternoon to reports of a woman “injured in the water,” at Waihi Beach, a popular tourist spot...

FILE - In this June 13, 2012, file photo, Asian carp, jolted by an electric current from a research boat, jump from the Illinois River near Havana, Ill. Illinois, Michigan and a federal agency have agreed on funding the next phase of an initiative to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes by upgrading defenses on a Chicago-area waterway, officials said Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/John Flesher, File)

Deal reached on project to protect lakes from invasive fish

Jan. 7, 2021 6:06 PM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan, Illinois and a federal agency have agreed on funding the next phase of an initiative to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes by strengthening defenses on a Chicago-area waterway, officials said Thursday. The two states and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will share...

This Dec. 2, 2020, photo released by The Marine Mammal Center shows Jenya, a sea lion that was rehabilitated to treat a severe shark bite, domoic acid poisoning and malnutrition, at the center's hospital in Sausalito, Calif. The Marine Mammal Center said Monday, Dec. 28, 2020, that it had successfully released Jenya last week at Rodeo Beach in the Marin Headlands. (William D. Hunnewell/The Marine Mammal Center via AP)

Young sea lion recovers from shark bite, returns to ocean

Dec. 29, 2020 8:07 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A feisty young sea lion is back in the Northern California wild after five weeks of rehabilitation to treat a severe shark bite, domoic acid poisoning and malnutrition. The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito said Monday that it had successfully released Jenya last week at Rodeo Beach in...

Lawsuit seeks reports on Oregon dams’ structural integrity

Dec. 28, 2020 5:19 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An environmental group in Oregon has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for not providing information about the structural integrity of Willamette River dams south of Portland. The lawsuit, filed by Willamette Riverkeeper, stems from the Corps releasing a plan in...

New rules for watching endangered orcas to take effect

Dec. 23, 2020 5:05 PM EST

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — New regulations for whale watching in Washington waters will take effect in 2021 in an effort to protect endangered orcas, according to the state Fish and Wildlife Commission. According to the rules approved by the commission last week, from July through September, commercial...

A pathway cleared by explosives to make way for border wall construction separates Mexico, right, and the USA, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020, in Guadalupe Canyon, Ariz.  Construction of the border wall, mostly in government owned wildlife refuges and Indigenous territory, has led to environmental damage and the scarring of unique desert and mountain landscapes that conservationists fear could be irreversible. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Damage from border wall: blown-up mountains, toppled cactus

Dec. 18, 2020 1:00 PM EST

GUADALUPE CANYON, Ariz. (AP) — Work crews ignite dynamite blasts in the remote and rugged southeast corner of Arizona, forever reshaping the landscape as they pulverize mountaintops in a rush to build more of President Donald Trump’s border wall before his term ends next month. Each blast in...

First time in years, chinook salmon spawn in Columbia River

Dec. 18, 2020 8:35 AM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — For the first time in more than a generation, chinook salmon have spawned in the upper Columbia River system. Colville Tribal biologists counted 36 redds, a gravely nest where female salmon lay eggs, along an 8-mile (12-kilometer) stretch of the Sanpoil River, a tributary of the...

Clatsop-Nehalem tribes plan after return of ancestral land

Dec. 17, 2020 12:01 PM EST

SEASIDE, Ore. (AP) — Charlotte Basch sits on a piece of driftwood in the tall grass along the Necanicum River estuary, in Seaside where her Clatsop Native American ancestors used to live. “The estuary is where the Neawanna, the Neacoxie and the Necanicum rivers all come together,” she told...

Red tide found off Florida's southwest coast; birds sick

Dec. 16, 2020 2:26 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Red tide is back in the waters off of Florida’s southwest coast, making birds sick and killing fish, according to a state environmental agency update on Wednesday. While satellite imagery isn't picking up the toxic algal blooms, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation...