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

Nov. 14, 2019 6:35 PM 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...

Catskill Aqueduct shut down for 10 weeks of repairs

Nov. 14, 2019 4:01 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City has begun a 10-week shutdown of the Catskill Aqueduct to allow repairs of the 95-year-old tunnel. The Department of Environmental Protection plans to restore the aqueduct to maximum capacity by stripping the walls of biofilm to increase water flow, repairing minor leaks in the...

Manure driving Wisconsin push to prosecute journalists

Nov. 14, 2019 2:26 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Behind all the anger and indignation over a southwestern Wisconsin board’s attempts to control reports on a well water study is a simple story about manure. Lafayette County officials tried to stifle discussion about upcoming results from the study, which has already determined...

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...

Judge allows lawsuit seeking action on Lake Erie algae

Nov. 13, 2019 3:11 PM EST

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge in Ohio says an environmental group pushing for mandatory regulations to prevent toxic algae blooms on Lake Erie can move forward with its lawsuit. The judge in Toledo issued a ruling Wednesday denying the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s request to dismiss...

Venice ‘on its knees’ after second-worst flood ever recorded

Nov. 13, 2019 2:50 PM EST

VENICE, Italy (AP) — The worst flooding in Venice in more than 50 years prompted calls Wednesday to better protect the historic city from rising sea levels as officials calculated hundreds of millions of euros in damage. The water reached 1.87 meters (6.14 feet) above average sea level Tuesday, the...

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...

Barge bound for Alaska runs aground in British Columbia

Nov. 13, 2019 9:21 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — No injuries were reported and there was no marine pollution when a barge headed to Alaska grounded near Vancouver Island, officials said. The Nana Provider owned by Alaska Marine Lines ran aground on Quadra Island around 8 p.m. Saturday, The Anchorage Daily News reported Tuesday....

Wisconsin board backs away from free speech restrictions

Nov. 13, 2019 8:14 AM EST

DARLINGTON, Wis. (AP) — A county board in southern Wisconsin has backed away from a plan to prosecute journalists over their reporting on a water quality study and discipline elected officials for how they handle information about the research. The Lafayette County Board on Tuesday night put off a decision...