Latest Water quality News

Wake County urges well-water testing after 2 illnesses

Jun. 24, 2019 11:59 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The News & Observer reports Wake County officials think one in five private wells in the area could have unhealthy levels of naturally-occurring radon and uranium. A groundwater protection official said one local household had 20 times the safe amount But the official says there's...

Trash Mountain: Abandoned tents add to detritus on Everest

Jun. 24, 2019 3:08 AM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — After every party it's time to clean up and Mount Everest is no different. The record number of climbers crowding the world's highest mountain this season has left a government cleanup crew grappling with how to clear away everything from abandoned tents to human waste that...

Ohio House OK's permanent fund for cleaning up lakes, rivers

Jun. 23, 2019 10:48 AM EDT

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Lawmakers in the Ohio House have approved creating a permanent trust fund that would pay for projects aimed at improving water quality around the state. It's one of several ideas for funding water quality initiatives being looked at by Gov. Mike DeWine and legislators. DeWine earlier...

Clean water grants available for agriculture programs

Jun. 23, 2019 8:17 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets is again releasing up to $500,000 in grants for agricultural programs that address water quality. The proposals are due by Aug. 1. The agency is seeking programs focused on regulatory compliance; agricultural non-point source...

Exploration under way for southeast Alaska mine project

Jun. 22, 2019 5:55 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The developer of a proposed mine in southeast Alaska is moving ahead with exploration following a favorable court decision. That decision, however, is being appealed by critics of the project, which is located near Haines. Liz Cornejo, vice president for community and external affairs...

Governor signs her bill to protect tribal fishing rights

Jun. 22, 2019 1:51 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Democratic Gov. Janet Mills has signed a bill she introduced aiming to protect fishing rights for tribes. The governor says the legislation shows what can happen when state government works in good faith with tribes. Her office says she signed the bill Friday. The bill gives Maine...

Cuyahoga River's health lauded 50 years after infamous fire

Jun. 22, 2019 8:30 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's U.S. senators are recognizing environmental progress on Cleveland's Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) River with a bipartisan resolution. U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman, a Democrat and a Republican, introduced the measure in Washington this week ahead of Saturday's 50th...

Florida governor signs $91 billion state budget

Jun. 21, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a nearly $91 billion budget Friday that increases money for education and the environment — but not before cutting $131 million from the spending plan lawmakers sent him. The governor had five pages of line-item vetoes on a wide range of...

Scientists predicting record dead zone in Chesapeake Bay

Jun. 21, 2019 3:11 PM EDT

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Some ecologists at the University of Maryland are worried that a large spot of low oxygen in the Chesapeake Bay could harm the state's seafood industry. News outlets report environmental scientists from Maryland and University of Michigan say they're predicting a 2-mile...

Evers administration proposes groundwater quality standards

Jun. 21, 2019 3:06 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers' administration announced Friday that it was proposing new groundwater quality standards for 27 pollutants that have been found to be a threat to public health, including compounds known as PFAS that have been detected around Wisconsin. The updated standards would be...