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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....

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...

FILE - In this July 20, 2014 file photo, a bathtub ring of light minerals shows the high water line near Hoover Dam on Lake Mead at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Nevada. Six states in the U.S. West that rely on the Colorado River to sustain cities and farms rebuked a plan to build an underground pipeline that would transport billions of gallons of water through the desert to southwest Utah. In a joint letter Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, water officials from Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Wyoming urged the U.S. government to halt the approval process for the project, which would bring water 140 miles (225 km) from Lake Powell in northern Arizona to the growing area surrounding St. George, Utah. (AP Photo/John Locher,File)

Water shortages in US West likelier than previously thought

Sep. 15, 2020 8:13 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — There's a chance water levels in the two largest man-made reservoirs in the United States could dip to critically low levels by 2025, jeopardizing the steady flow of Colorado River water that more than 40 million people rely on in the American West. After a relatively dry summer,...

WVa clean drinking water projects receive federal funding

Sep. 15, 2020 3:25 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is providing $11.3 million for clean drinking water projects in West Virginia. The funding was announced Monday by U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito. The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources will receive $11...

Environmentalists mull appeal after judge tosses sewage suit

Sep. 13, 2020 11:51 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — An environmental group says it believes a federal judge was wrong to dismiss its lawsuit over raw sewage released in suburban Atlanta and says it's considering whether it will appeal. U.S. District Judge Steven Grimberg on Aug. 31 dismissed a lawsuit brought by the South River Watershed...

Cities hope to build reservoir near Holy Cross Wilderness

Sep. 13, 2020 10:10 AM EDT

HOMESTAKE CREEK, Colo. (AP) — A hundred miles from Colorado’s Front Range house-building boom, field scientist Delia Malone dug her fingers into spongy high-mountain wetlands at the edge of the Holy Cross Wilderness. She found, about 15 inches underground, partially decayed roots, twigs and the cold...

Woman hospitalized following alligator attack in Florida

Sep. 11, 2020 5:16 AM EDT

NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A woman was attacked by an alligator Thursday morning while trimming trees near a lake in Florida, officials said. The 27-year-old woman had been working near the water in North Fort Myers when the 10-foot (3-meter) reptile ambushed her, according to a Florida Fish and...

In this Nov. 2017 photo, researchers gather rock-like structures along the shores of at the Great Salt Lake that are formed by cyanobacteria known as microbialites.  Bold water conservation strategies and changes in long-standing law and water policies are needed to slow the alarming shrinking of the Great Salt Lake. A recent report from an by an advisory panel found upstream diversions have long prevented vast quantities from replenishing the lake, reducing the lake by half its normal size with further declines predicted.   (Francisco Kjolseth/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

Panel: Bold changes needed to help shrinking Great Salt Lake

Aug. 30, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Bold water conservation strategies and changes in long-standing law and water policies are needed to slow the alarming shrinking of the Great Salt Lake, according to recommendation released Tuesday by an advisory panel. Upstream diversions have long prevented vast quantities from...

Nevada residents blast Utah's Lake Powell pipeline plan

Aug. 28, 2020 7:42 PM EDT

LAUGHLIN, Nev. (AP) — A group of residents in a southern Nevada town that sits along the Colorado River are organizing a campaign to oppose a proposed pipeline that would divert billions of gallons of river water to southwest Utah, reflecting intensifying struggles over water in the U.S. West. Laughlin...