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Grand Rapids selected for lead pipe replacement grant

Oct. 26, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan city has been selected to receive a $5.1 million federal water infrastructure improvement grant to help pay for lead service line replacement. The funding also will support public engagement in Grand Rapids on the risks of lead in drinking water, according to...

St. Croix River in good health though pollution threats loom

Oct. 24, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The St. Croix River is still in good health but is facing pollution threats, according to two new reports. Popular for its scenic beauty and recreation opportunities for boaters and anglers, the St. Croix remains one of the cleanest tributaries to the Mississippi River, thanks in...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Oct. 20, 2020 6:25 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: New Bexley rent rule makes a statement about diversity and inclusion The Columbus Dispatch Oct. 20 As central Ohio struggles with a persistent shortage of affordable housing, it’s good to note how far we’ve come from...

Oahu water board asks residents to conserve due to drought

Oct. 9, 2020 10:03 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu Board of Water Supply officials asked Oahu residents to conserve water through the fall because of ongoing drought conditions. Officials from the island's water utility said rainfall has been less than 50% of the normal average, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Wednesday. The...

Judge throws out EPA decision on California salt ponds

Oct. 6, 2020 1:06 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge on Monday blocked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from allowing the dredging and filling of salt ponds near San Francisco without going through a permitting process that could stall redevelopment of the area. U.S. District Judge William Alsup ruled that the...

Lower interest rate to help fund New Mexico water projects

Oct. 2, 2020 1:36 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A state panel that oversees water quality and permitting issues across New Mexico has approved lower interest rates for a program that helps finance water projects. The Water Quality Control Commission made the decision during a recent meeting after considering a request by the state...

Forest Service acquires key property in eastern Idaho

Oct. 2, 2020 12:33 PM EDT

DRIGGS, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has acquired a 960-acre (390-hectare) private parcel in eastern Idaho in an area favored by outdoor enthusiasts and that also includes headwaters for the Teton River. The agency earlier this week announced the $3.8 million purchase of the land in the Big Hole...

Worcester urges residents to conserve water amid drought

Oct. 2, 2020 11:07 AM EDT

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — The City of Worcester is working to save water as New England grapples with drought. City Manager Edward Augustus is urging local residents to curb their water consumption following a dry summer. He said the city might have to implement restrictions if it can't reduce its demand for...

FILE - In this July 29, 2019, file photo, Walker Lake, about 100 miles southeast of Reno, Nev., is viewed. Mineral County and the Walker Lake Working Group announced this week that they intend to bring their legal battle over whether Nevada can adjust already allocated water rights to sustain rivers and lakes long-term back to federal court. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner, File)

Walker Lake group to take water suit back to federal court

Sep. 26, 2020 1:07 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Lawyers representing Mineral County and the Walker Lake Working Group announced this week they intend to take a water rights case with broad implications back to federal appeals court to ask whether Nevada can adjust already allocated water rights to sustain rivers and lakes...

Broken water pump leads to restrictions at Grand Canyon

Sep. 23, 2020 12:04 AM EDT

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — Visitors to the Grand Canyon's North Rim are being asked to conserve water until a pump deep in the canyon can be fixed. Portable toilets have been set up to replace flushing ones that were available to the public, Grand Canyon National Park officials said Tuesday....