Latest Water conservation and preservation News

$600M for water projects gains support, but senators pause

Jan. 21, 2022 17:13 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A proposal from South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem to use the bulk of federal coronavirus relief funding on water and sewage projects has so far met little opposition in the state Senate, but a powerful committee on Friday withheld its approval to vet the proposal further. ...

Carney focuses on jobs, education in speech to lawmakers

Jan. 20, 2022 18:43 PM EST

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Democratic Gov. John Carney stressed the need to expand Delaware’s economy and improve its public schools during his State of the State speech to lawmakers Thursday. Carney also thanked state officials for their response to the coronavirus pandemic and...

Celeb-heavy Los Angeles suburb gets tough on water wasters

Jan. 19, 2022 18:06 PM EST

In a wealthy enclave nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains that is a haven for celebrities, residents now face more aggressive consequences for wasting water — including the threat of having their water flows slowed to a trickle if they repeatedly flout conservation rules. The Las...

Scientists see silver lining in fed's efforts at Lake Powell

Jan. 15, 2022 08:02 AM EST

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced last week that it plans to adjust management protocols for the Colorado River in early 2022 to reduce monthly releases from Lake Powell in an effort to keep the reservoir from dropping farther below 2021′s historic lows. ...

Tightened federal water protections won't slow some projects

Jan. 14, 2022 17:22 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Biden administration is moving to tighten oversight of projects that benefitted from Trump-era loosened water protections, but some projects including a controversial Georgia mine will likely be able to escape new scrutiny. It’s the latest twist in a...

Environment groups, company settle lawsuit over landfill

Jan. 14, 2022 12:07 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Two environmental groups have settled a federal lawsuit with a waste management company over allegations the company’s landfill in New Hampshire leaked toxic chemicals into a nearby river. Under the settlement reached this week, Casella Waste Systems and its...

Drought-stricken Oregon farmers embark on water bank pilot

Jan. 08, 2022 11:05 AM EST

BEND, Ore. (AP) — Getting water to Central Oregon farmers who need it most takes time and investment, mainly in the form of new pipelines that are replacing leaky canals. But irrigation districts are also coming up with innovative ways to share water around the Deschutes Basin. The...

Groups file complaint against water utility over lead pipes

Jan. 06, 2022 16:02 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Five environmental and community groups have filed a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency alleging the Providence Water Supply Board's infrastructure and lead pipe replacement work disproportionately increases the risk of lead exposure for...

California adopts water restrictions as drought drags on

Jan. 04, 2022 20:12 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — For the second time in a decade, Californians will face mandatory restrictions governing their outdoor water use as the state endures another drought and voluntary conservation efforts have fallen short. The rules adopted Tuesday by the State Water...

Challenge filed to WVa permit for Mountain Valley Pipeline

Jan. 03, 2022 18:23 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Opponents of the Mountain Valley Pipeline filed a legal challenge Monday to a West Virginia water permit for the natural gas project. The petition filed by environmental and community groups argues that the state Department of Environmental Protection...