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Snowmelt pushes Lake Tahoe water level close to legal limit

Jul. 19, 2019 1:34 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Lake Tahoe is the fullest it's been in nearly two decades. Officials say the alpine lake on the California-Nevada line is approaching the legal limit after snowmelt from a stormy winter left enough water to potentially last through three summers of drought. For three weeks, Tahoe has been...

Environmental head announces $2M program for Great Lakes

Jul. 19, 2019 11:21 AM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced a $2 million grant program to clean up the shorelines and waters of the Great Lakes. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler during an appearance Friday in Cleveland says the grants will be available to state and local...

A year after tragedy, Branson debates future of duck boats

Jul. 17, 2019 1:12 PM EDT

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — One year after 17 people died when a boat sank on a Missouri lake near the tourist town of Branson, the question of whether the boats should return to the lake remains a topic of debate. Former Branson Mayor Karen Best had to inform the 17 victims' families that they had died when the...

Oregon opens Crater Lake access road, closes 2 campsites

Jul. 16, 2019 12:57 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon officials have fully opened a road circling Crater Lake National Park while closing two backcountry campsites. The Oregonian/OregonLive reported Monday that the entire 33 miles (53 kilometers) of Rim Drive around Crater Lake opened for the season Thursday. The road is...

Toxic lake in Russia's Siberia becomes selfie sensation

Jul. 13, 2019 8:36 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Residents of a city in Siberia don't need to fly off to tropical locales for picturesque selfies taken by pristine turquoise waters. Thousands of Novosibirsk residents — ranging from scantily clad women to newlyweds — have been busy instagramming near a bright blue lake...

Illinois mulling options to Asian carp issue in Lake Decatur

Jul. 12, 2019 5:21 PM EDT

DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is considering options to deal with thousands of invasive Asian carp that are clustering near the base of the Lake Decatur dam. Jacques Nuzzo, program director for the Illinois Raptor Center, said he contacted the state department after...

Thornton to sail 104-foot ketch in Chicago to Mackinac Race

Jul. 11, 2019 5:43 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A year after winning line honors aboard a modern racing machine in the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, businessman Peter Thornton plans to take a slower, more comfortable approach to the classic race. Thornton has entered his 104-foot ketch Whitehawk in the cruising division of the...

Expect another huge blob of algae on Lake Erie this summer

Jul. 11, 2019 2:19 PM EDT

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Heavy rains that inundated the Great Lakes region this spring will fuel another massive algae bloom across parts of western Lake Erie later this summer, researchers said Thursday. Scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration expect this year's bloom to rank among...

Democratic presidential hopeful Inslee opposes pipeline plan

Jul. 10, 2019 2:39 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Democratic presidential hopeful Jay Inslee waded into a Great Lakes regional controversy on Wednesday, calling for the defeat of a plan to construct a disputed oil pipeline tunnel beneath a channel that connects two of the lakes. In a statement released to The Associated Press,...

Sturgeon, America's forgotten dinosaurs, slowly coming back

Jul. 10, 2019 1:46 PM EDT

CHARLES CITY, Va. (AP) — Sturgeon were America's vanishing dinosaurs, armor-plated beasts that crowded the nation's rivers until mankind's craving for caviar pushed them to the edge of extinction. More than a century later, some populations of the massive bottom feeding fish are showing signs of recovery...