Latest Water quality News

Lake Tahoe's famed water gets clearer after all-time low

May. 24, 2019 3:04 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The clarity of Lake Tahoe's cobalt blue water improved last year from its worst level in a half-century after weather and runoff returned to more normal conditions at the alpine lake straddling the California-Nevada line. A dinner plate-sized disc used to measure clarity was visible at an...

Health warnings lifted on 2 Texas bays after accident, leak

May. 24, 2019 1:32 PM EDT

BAYPORT, Texas (AP) — Texas health officials have lifted some advisories that warned against eating seafood from parts of two Houston-area bays following a maritime accident and toxic spill this month. The Texas Department of State Health Services on Friday announced water testing results show contaminants...

EPA taking 1st big steps to clean up leaking Colorado mines

May. 23, 2019 9:05 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will take the first major steps this summer to clean up wastewater flowing from dozens of old mines at a Superfund site in southwestern Colorado, officials said Thursday. The work includes dredging contaminated sediment from streams and ponds,...

Sea dragons captivate visitors at California aquarium

May. 22, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

LA JOLLA, California (AP) — At first glance, it looks like a branch of kelp, but then an eye moves among its leafy appendages, and ridges of tiny, translucent fins start to flutter, sending the creature gliding through the water like something from a fairy tale. A Southern California aquarium has built...

Sorting out recycling programs: Which ones work best?

May. 22, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

Changing markets and confusion over what can be thrown in recycling bins has forced some communities to rethink or even suspend their recycling programs. But many more recycling programs are working well, experts say. The difference is partly based on which methods are being used for collection and processing....

Downpours, runoff lead to decline in Chesapeake Bay's health

May. 21, 2019 6:08 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — The overall health of America's largest estuary declined last year due to the effects of record-breaking precipitation washing more pollutants into the water, but scientists described the difficult year as a dip for the Chesapeake Bay and not a disaster. For an annual report card...

Trump's EPA shifts more environmental enforcement to states

May. 20, 2019 11:50 AM EDT

BOKOSHE, Okla. (AP) — Susan Holmes' home, corner store and roadside beef jerky stand are right off Oklahoma Highway 31, putting them in the path of trucks hauling ash and waste from a power plant that burns the high-sulfur coal mined near this small town. For years, when Bokoshe residents were outside, the...

Tribes, environmentalists battle copper mine in Arizona

May. 19, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

SONOITA, Ariz. (AP) — Scenic State Highway 83 gently curves through southeastern Arizona's wine country, past waves of blond grass dotted with orange-tipped ocotillo plants before the dark Santa Rita Mountains loom into view. The Milepost 44 pullout offers a panorama of the range in the Coronado National...

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

May. 17, 2019 12:07 AM EDT

This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images made by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean that were published in the past week. Poor residents of Caracas submerged themselves in the highly polluted waters of the Guaire River scavenging for items to sell as a way to get...

Flooding makes big 'dead zone' off Louisiana coast likely

May. 16, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The year's widespread flooding has made it likely that a big, oxygen-starved "dead zone" off Louisiana's coast will form this summer, the head of the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science said Thursday. Preliminary computer model runs "indicate a large to very large year," for the...