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FILE - In this March 3, 2013 file photo, elephants drink from the Chobe National Park in Botswana. The sudden deaths of some 330 elephants in the northern part of the country earlier this year may have occurred because they drank water contaminated by toxic blue-green algae, the government announced Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Charmaine Noronha, File)

330 elephants in Botswana may have died from toxic algae

Sep. 21, 2020 11:53 AM EDT

GABORONE, Botswana (AP) — The sudden deaths of some 330 elephants in northwestern Botswana earlier this year may have occurred because they drank water contaminated by toxic blue-green algae, the government announced Monday. The elephants in the Seronga area died from a neurological disorder that appears...

Editorial Roundup:

Sep. 21, 2020 10:01 AM EDT

The Mining Journal. September 15, 2020 Marquette area continues to be noted for excellence To the surprise of absolutely no one who lives here, Marquette has made another of those top 10 or best of lists that come out from time to time. In the latest example, the city and its immediate environs have been named...

Maine collecting unwanted pesticides for free disposal

Sep. 21, 2020 5:00 AM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine state program is encouraging residents to dispose of unwanted and unusable pesticides for free this fall. The state said its Obsolete Pesticides Collection Program has kept more than 109 tons of pesticides out of the waste stream since it started in 1982. It's open to...

Cape Coral canals are helping researchers find what works

Sep. 19, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

CAPE CORAL, Fla. (AP) — Scientists and officials are using Cape Coral’s cyanobacteria slicks as a living laboratory to test ways to fight freshwater algae blooms with potentially global impact. A team including city staff and nationally prominent researchers have deployed a variety of algae-fighting...

Wisconsin groundwater study completed, but analysis is not

Sep. 19, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Researchers have completed the fourth and final round of private well sampling to determine sources of fecal contamination in wells that were previously flagged for issues as part of an ongoing groundwater study in southwestern Wisconsin. The findings released Wednesday found 76...

Algae bloom prompts warnings at Maryland reservoir

Sep. 18, 2020 5:23 PM EDT

LAUREL, Md. (AP) — A potentially harmful algae bloom has prompted warnings for people to exercise caution when kayaking or boating a reservoir in Montgomery and Howard counties in Maryland. The Washington Post reported Thursday that the body of water is the Triadelphia Reservoir. The reservoir provides...

Feds: Inadequately treated sewage released into Kansas River

Sep. 18, 2020 1:05 PM EDT

WAMEGO, Kan. (AP) — A federal indictment alleges that a wastewater operator discharged inadequately treated sewage into the Kansas River and falsified discharge reports in violation of the federal Clean Water Act. Forty-seven-year-old David Schleif, of Belvue, was charged this week in a 20-count...

Permit for water treatment system issued for Chemours site

Sep. 18, 2020 11:06 AM EDT

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's Department of Environmental Quality has issued a permit for a water treatment system at the Chemours Fayetteville Works site to remove so-called forever chemicals from a contaminated stream. The department said in a press release on Friday that the stream flows...

A barge runs aground along downtown Pensacola, Fla., on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, as Hurricane Sally moves inland. Hurricane Sally lumbered ashore near the Florida-Alabama line Wednesday with 105 mph (165 kph) winds and rain measured in feet, swamping homes and trapping people in high water as it pushed inland for what could be a slow and disastrous drenching across the Deep South. (Tony Giberson//Pensacola News Journal via AP)

The Latest: Sally weakens to depression; still dumping rain

Sep. 16, 2020 10:48 PM EDT

Here are the latest developments on tropical weather: MIAMI — Sally has weakened to a depression but is still dumping torrential rains over eastern Alabama and western Georgia. The National Hurricane Center said winds of the once-powerful hurricane have decreased to about 35 mph, with some higher gusts....

DNR: Avoid eating deer livers in Marinette area

Sep. 15, 2020 11:58 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — State environmental and health officials warned people Tuesday to avoid eating the livers of deer harvested around the Marinette area to avoid exposure to PFAS chemicals. PFAS are man-made chemcials that research suggests can cause a range of health problems in humans. The chemicals...