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Drying California lake to get $250M in US drought funding

Nov. 28, 2022 22:41 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The federal government said Monday it will spend $250 million over four years on environmental cleanup and restoration work around a drying Southern California lake that's fed by the depleted Colorado River. The future of the Salton Sea, and who is...

Catalonia limits water use as Spain prays for rain

Nov. 22, 2022 11:07 AM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona and large swathes of Spain’s northeast are going under water restrictions as a months-long drought that has devastated crops starts to put the pinch on human activities in the Mediterranean country. The measures will affect 6.7 million people,...

Western US cities to remove decorative grass amid drought

Nov. 17, 2022 21:53 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A group of 30 agencies that supply water to homes and businesses throughout the western United States has pledged to rip up lots of decorative grass to help keep water in the over-tapped Colorado River. The agreement signed Tuesday by water agencies in...

5 deaths at NYC nursing home blamed on Legionnaires' disease

Nov. 14, 2022 13:34 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Five people died of Legionnaires' disease over the summer at a New York City nursing home that had been cited repeatedly for improper maintenance of the cooling towers where the Legionella bacteria can spread, The New York Times reported. The outbreak at Amsterdam...

Ex-Reclamation commissioner to head Arizona water entity

Nov. 04, 2022 20:18 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Former U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman will be the next general manager of the Arizona entity that distributes much of the state's water from the Colorado River to major metropolitan areas. Burman will lead the Central Arizona Project at a time...

New US plan could lead to federal action on Colorado River

Oct. 28, 2022 19:00 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Interior Department announced Friday that it will consider revising a set of guidelines for operating two major dams on the Colorado River in the first sign of what could lead to federal action to protect the once-massive but shrinking reservoirs behind them. ...

UN chief and Indian PM jointly launch climate action program

Oct. 20, 2022 07:09 AM EDT

BENGALURU, India (AP) — The Indian government's flagship program to encourage individual and collective action on climate was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the United Nations Secretary-General on Thursday. Mission Life, where "life" is an acronym for “lifestyle for...

Colorado farmers experiment with drought-tolerant wheatgrass

Oct. 15, 2022 10:12 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — With the flashlight shining out of the back of his cellphone, Perry Cabot, a water resources specialist at Colorado State University’s Western Colorado Research Center in Fruita, hunched behind a grain drill, a piece of equipment farmers use to plant seeds in a field. The research...

California braces for dry winter as Western drought drags on

Oct. 03, 2022 22:26 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The past three years have been California's driest on record and state officials said Monday that they're preparing for the streak to continue. The official water year concluded Friday, marking an end to a period that saw both record rainfall in October...

Tribes seek more details on water use at Arizona copper mine

Sep. 21, 2022 15:45 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — An environmental review for a proposed copper mine in eastern Arizona did not adequately analyze the potential impacts of climate change and the strain that drought and demand have put on water resources in the region, a U.S. Bureau of Land Management report has found. ...