Latest Water quality News

Officials say derelict vessels contaminate water system

Sep. 20, 2019 9:04 AM EDT

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Abandoned vessels are polluting Washington waterways and costing taxpayers. KING-TV reports an abandoned, sinking fishing vessel called Midas in Snohomish County has been in the water for four years and officials are pulling it out. The Department of Natural Resources says boats are...

Pepper spray discharge forces in evacuation of restaurant

Sep. 19, 2019 9:32 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Firefighters and paramedics treated about a dozen people after an apparently accidental discharge of pepper spray forced the evacuation of a Salt Lake City restaurant. Fire Battalion Chief Carl Steadman says the discharge in the lobby of a Chuck-A-Rama restaurant led to the evacuation...

Report: Cleanup of abandoned oil, gas wells could cost US

Sep. 18, 2019 7:49 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. taxpayers could face potentially hundreds of millions of dollars in cleanup costs from abandoned oil and gas wells on public lands, a government watchdog agency said Wednesday. The Government Accountability Office said in a report that it identified almost 2,300 wells that have...

Correction: Site Contamination-Lawsuit story

Sep. 18, 2019 6:22 PM EDT

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — In a story Sept. 17 about a lawsuit over a landfill, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Woodward Inc. LLC was named a defendant. WWD, LLC, is named a defendant in the lawsuit. A corrected version of the story is below: Colorado firm sues IBM for alleged site contamination...

Feds propose major habitat protections for killer whales

Sep. 18, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — U.S. protections for the waters that a group of endangered orcas call home could soon expand beyond the Seattle area to encompass much of the West Coast, from the Canadian border to central California. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a proposal Wednesday to...

Groups sue over pollution downstream of Los Alamos lab

Sep. 18, 2019 12:37 AM EDT

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Environmental groups are suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over storm water contamination downstream of Los Alamos National Laboratory. The groups claim the runoff contains heavy metals, byproducts from decaying radioactive elements and manmade chemicals known as PCBs....

Missouri law governing corporate farms now in effect

Sep. 17, 2019 2:23 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A new Missouri law that shields large farms from local health regulations is now in effect, but opponents say the fight is far from over. Cole County Judge Daniel Green earlier this month set aside a temporary restraining order that was imposed days earlier. A lawsuit over the law is...

Damaged barge removed from Tenn-Tom lock after oil spill

Sep. 17, 2019 9:32 AM EDT

TISHOMINGO, Miss. (AP) — Crews have removed a damaged barge that spilled oil from Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway in northeast Mississippi. U.S. Coast Guard Lt. David Schneider tells WTVA-TV that the Jamie Whitten Lock remains closed as cleanup continues and the barge's cargo is removed. The barge spilled...

Water quality sensor hitching ride on Mississippi River boat

Sep. 16, 2019 7:45 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A data-gathering sensor attached to the American Queen steamboat will give scientists and cities a better understanding of water quality along the entire length of the Mississippi River, officials said Monday. U.S. Geological Survey and Army Corps of Engineers officials, a group of...

Water quality sensor hitching ride on Mississippi River boat

Sep. 16, 2019 7:22 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A data-gathering sensor attached to the American Queen steamboat will give scientists and cities a better understanding of water quality along the entire length of the Mississippi River, officials said Monday. U.S. Geological Survey and Army Corps of Engineers officials, a group of...