Latest Freshwater pollution News

New Mexico officials need $1.2M to study contamination

Nov. 21, 2019 3:13 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s Environment Department needs $1.2 million to study plumes of toxic chemicals seeping into groundwater from two U.S. Air Force bases, a state official said. Agency Secretary James Kenney said he will request the money from state lawmakers to investigate and learn...

Record rain in Vegas, half-foot of snow in Tahoe mountains

Nov. 20, 2019 5:50 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Emergency Crews rescued two people from a wash flowing with runoff from record rain in Las Vegas, and up a to half-foot of Sierra snow (15 centimeters) triggered chain controls around Lake Tahoe as a cold front moved across Nevada on Wednesday. The National Weather Service also issued a...

Slaughterhouse wastewater violated permit limits for 5 years

Nov. 20, 2019 1:48 PM EST

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — Wastewater from two Greeley slaughterhouses exceeded safety limits for five years as it flowed into a South Platte River tributary before the meat-processing company started meeting discharge standards in January, according to Colorado’s top water quality official. State Water...

Governor: Ohio plan to clean Lake Erie will work, take time

Nov. 15, 2019 7:43 AM EST

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s new strategy to combat the toxic algae plaguing Lake Erie will focus on reducing agriculture runoff that feeds the yearly outbreaks by offering farmers financial incentives to change their practices, Gov. Mike DeWine said Thursday. The plan is the first time the state has...

Iowa reports 622 impaired water segments, a 2% increase

Nov. 14, 2019 5:51 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa will report water impairments on 622 river, lake and wetland segments to the Environmental Protection Agency as part of its biennial summary of water quality, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources said Thursday. That’s a 2% increase over the 608 reported in the 2016...

Vermont awards more than $1 million to phosphorus projects

Nov. 14, 2019 2:02 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Five Vermont groups are sharing more than $1 million to use phosphorus recovery technologies as the state works to reduce algae-causing phosphorus runoff into Lake Champlain and other waterways. It’s part of the Vermont Phosphorus Innovation Challenge announced last year to...

Part of St. Croix River makes Minnesota impaired waters list

Nov. 13, 2019 11:58 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A scenic stretch of the St. Croix River was one of 581 waterways Minnesota has added to its list of waters that don’t meet state pollution standards, according to a report released Wednesday. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency added the lakes, rivers and streams to its draft...

Tribe to argue against expansion of Dakota Access pipeline

Nov. 12, 2019 5:40 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Standing Rock Sioux Tribe members have long maintained that a leak in the Dakota Access oil pipeline would threaten their Missouri River water supply, and on Wednesday they will argue that a new proposal to double the line's capacity magnifies the probability of a disastrous oil...

New Mexico: More wells needed to gauge uranium plumes

Nov. 11, 2019 12:15 PM EST

MILAN, N.M. (AP) — More wells are needed to measure uranium plumes in a major aquifer in western New Mexico, state environmental officials said The state Environment Department is asking federal authorities to collaborate to ensure accurate measurement of a plume of uranium contamination leaving the...

PHOTO GALLERY: A selection of pictures from the past week

Nov. 9, 2019 4:01 AM EST

Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see. This week's gallery includes Hindu rituals performed beside a polluted river in New Delhi; thick plumes of...