Latest Rivers and streams News

Alaska salmon stream hits high temperature during heat wave

Jul. 21, 2019 3:40 PM EDT

HOMER, Alaska (AP) — The science director for Cook Inletkeeper, a nonprofit organization that monitors the health of Cook Inlet, wrote a paper two years ago on what salmon streams might be like in the future with climate change. Sue Mauger wrote that water temperatures might rise above 80 degrees (26.67...

Senators want to rename NASA facility after Neil Armstrong

Jul. 21, 2019 11:09 AM EDT

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's two U.S. senators plan on asking Congress to rename a NASA research facility in northern Ohio after astronaut Neil Armstrong. Republican Rob Portman and Democrat Sherrod Brown want to honor the Ohio native by renaming the NASA Plum Brook Station in Sandusky. Portman says he...

Battlefields part of drinking water protection effort

Jul. 21, 2019 9:01 AM EDT

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — After the 2014 Elk River chemical spill in the Kanawha Valley, the West Virginia Rivers Coalition created the Safe Water WV initiative. The idea is simple: to strengthen a community's connection to their drinking water and encourage them to work together to better protect it. A...

Duke Energy sued for 2014 coal ash spill environmental harm

Jul. 18, 2019 5:51 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The federal, North Carolina and Virginia governments asked a court Thursday to declare the country's largest electricity company liable for environmental damage from a leak five years ago that left miles of a river shared by the two states coated in hazardous coal ash. Government...

Alaska village will install new river power generator

Jul. 17, 2019 6:25 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A tiny Native village in southwest Alaska has turned to an emerging technology to transform the power of a local river into a sustainable energy source that's expected to free residents from dependency on costly diesel fuel. The village council in Igiugig is the first tribal entity...

Mail carrier convicted in scheme to deliver pot packages

Jul. 17, 2019 2:25 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A postal service worker has been convicted of intercepting packages of marijuana and delivering them to a drug dealer in return for cash payments. Federal prosecutors say Fred Rivers was convicted Tuesday on a conspiracy count but acquitted of taking bribes. The 47-year-old Newark man...

Lab technician 'fudged' wastewater data, official says

Jul. 17, 2019 11:12 AM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a Wichita lab technician "fudged" the test results of sewage treatment plant wastewater that is dumped into the Arkansas River. The Wichita Eagle reports that Director of Public Works Alan King said Tuesday that the city caught the error during a spot check and...

Man drowns in Montana river trying to save dog

Jul. 16, 2019 10:48 PM EDT

HAMILTON, Mont. (AP) — Authorities say a man drowned while trying to save a dog that was swept away in a river in southwestern Montana. The Ravalli Republic reports the accident happened Friday afternoon on the Bitterroot River in Hamilton. Authorities say 57-year-old Jeffrey Dwigans, of Hamilton, was...

Body of missing Kentucky fisherman found in Alaska river

Jul. 16, 2019 3:04 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska state medical examiner says a body recovered from the Susitna River was that of a missing 76-year-old Kentucky fisherman. William "Bill" Hartlage of Louisville disappeared last month while fly fishing. A family member on June 27 told Alaska State Troopers that Hartlage...

Father missing after trying to rescue daughter in river

Jul. 15, 2019 7:21 PM EDT

NEVADA CITY, Calif. (AP) — Authorities in Northern California are searching for a father who was swept down a river while trying to rescue his 12-year-old daughter when both were caught in a swift current. The Nevada County Sheriff's Office says the man's daughter was rescued by state park employees and a...