Latest Water quality News

Public comment extended on Lake Erie water quality plan

Apr. 6, 2020 8:11 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A public comment period on the status of water quality in Lake Erie has been extended until mid-June, state officials said. People can weigh in on a draft of the Lake Erie Adaptive Management Plan until June 19, according to Michigan’s Department of Environment, Great Lakes,...

FILE - In this Thursday March 6, 2014, file photo, the sun sets beyond pumpjacks operating at the Inglewood oil fields in the Baldwin Hills area of Los Angeles. California issued new fracking permits Friday, April 3, 2020. It's the first new permits issued since July of last year, when Gov. Gavin Newsom fired the state's top oil and gas regulator after a report showed fracking permits had increased 35 percent since Newsom took office. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

Clarification: California-Oil Well Moratorium story

Apr. 4, 2020 6:20 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In a story published April 3, 2020, The Associated Press reported California officials had authorized the first new oil wells in the state since July. The story should have made clear that California officials had authorized the first new oil wells using hydraulic fracturing since...

Phoenix area water reservoirs near full after wet winter

Apr. 3, 2020 5:50 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Reservoirs have reached near capacity along the Verde and Salt rivers after a wet season caused rain and snow runoff across central Arizona mountains. The Salt River Project's system of six reservoirs is now 98% full, its highest level since 2010, the Arizona Republic reported. In...

Wyoming regulators aid oil, gas industry with tax suspension

Apr. 1, 2020 2:30 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming regulators have voted to suspend a tax for six months to help oil and gas companies weather hard times in their industry. Tuesday's vote by the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission suspended the conservation tax for the first time in its 60-year history. The 5-cent tax on...

FILE - In this May 10, 2019 file photo, workers open bays of the Bonnet Carre Spillway, to divert rising water from the Mississippi River to Lake Pontchartrain, upriver from New Orleans, in Norco, La. The major flood control structure on the Mississippi River may have to soon be opened up to ease pressure on New Orleans levees, federal authorities said Tuesday, March 31, 2020. The river is expected to crest above 17 feet (5.2 meters) at a key New Orleans gauge as early as Friday, April 3, 2020, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said in a news release. 
That would likely lead to the opening of a structure that diverts water through the Bonnet Carré Spillway. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Louisiana spillway may open for record 3rd consecutive year

Mar. 31, 2020 7:11 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A major flood control structure on the Mississippi River may have to soon be opened up to ease pressure on New Orleans levees, federal authorities said Tuesday. The river is expected to crest above 17 feet (5.2 meters) at a key New Orleans gauge as early as Friday, the U.S. Army Corps...

Recent Missouri editorials

Mar. 31, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, March 28 Missouri is quickly becoming a national outlier for its lackluster response to the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Mike Parson has declined to provide guidance to school districts. He resists imposing a statewide shelter-in-place order as other states have done, and he refuses to...

Judge dismisses Chemours lawsuit against DuPont

Mar. 30, 2020 7:43 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Delaware judge has granted the DuPont Co.'s request to dismiss a lawsuit alleging that it massively downplayed the cost of environmental liabilities imposed on spinoff company Chemours. Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III ruled Monday that he has no jurisdiction to hear the case because...

State places consumption limits on fish caught in Squam Lake

Mar. 30, 2020 4:53 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's Department of Environmental Services on Monday placed more restrictive fish consumption limits for all fish caught in Squam Lake as a result of high levels of contaminants found in fish tissue samples. The agency collected smallmouth bass and yellow perch samples,...

Spill in McKenzie County reaches Red Wing Creek

Mar. 30, 2020 3:44 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A state regulator estimates about 420 gallons (1,590 liters) of crude oil has spilled from a pipeline in McKenzie County and reached a creek there. The North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality said Monday the spill happened Friday on a line about 17 miles southwest of Watford...

Editorial Roundup:

Mar. 30, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

Des Moines Register. March 27, 2020 SUBSCRIBE NOW 99¢ per month. Save 90%. Home News Media USA TODAY Jobs Archives More Search Subscribe Sign In OPINION You don't need to practice social distancing from Mother Nature: Enjoy Iowa's parks — and pass a tax to fund them The Register's editorial Published...