Latest Water quality News

1.7 million chickens drown as NC rivers swollen by Florence

Sep. 18, 2018 4:17 PM EDT

About 1.7 million chickens have been killed in flooding from Florence as rising North Carolina rivers swamped at least 60 farm buildings where the animals were being raised for market, according to a major poultry producer. Sanderson Farms said Tuesday the losses occurred at independent farms that supply its...

Florence's water, not winds, will be the long-term problem

Sep. 18, 2018 2:14 PM EDT

Like Hurricanes Harvey and Katrina before it, most of Hurricane Florence's damage will not be from the wind but the water. Yes, some people died when they were crushed by trees felled by Florence's winds as it swept across the Carolinas and some homes were destroyed. But most of Florence's victims died in the...

Samaranch approves Beijing's environmental outlook for 2022

Sep. 18, 2018 9:45 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Snow-making for the 2022 Beijing Olympics won't bring lasting damage to the environment in the parched region of northern China, IOC vice president Juan Antonio Samaranch said Tuesday. Samaranch told The Associated Press that Beijing's air and water quality are constantly improving and said...

No-wake zone lifted on Missouri River in Bismarck area

Sep. 18, 2018 8:14 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Game and Fish Department has rescinded a no-wake zone that was put in place on the Missouri River earlier this summer to reduce bank erosion in the Bismarck-Mandan area. The agency in late June restricted boats and other watercraft within 200 feet of the shoreline to...

A green beer that looks like algae? It's all for clean water

Sep. 18, 2018 5:56 AM EDT

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — There are spicy beers and even peanut butter beers, made to stand out on crowded shelves. Then there's a murky, green brew that looks a lot like algae. It's making a statement on the one ingredient brewers can't do without — clean water. The ghastly-looking "Alegae Bloom" beer...

Pollution fears: Swollen rivers swamp ash dumps, hog farms

Sep. 17, 2018 11:19 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Flooded rivers from Florence's drenching rains have swamped coal ash dumps and low-lying hog farms, raising pollution concerns as the swollen waterways approach their crests Monday. North Carolina environmental regulators say several open-air manure pits at hog farms have failed,...

Ballot initiative supporters say modern mines still pollute

Sep. 17, 2018 6:36 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Backers of a Montana initiative aimed at reducing mining pollution said Monday that water quality problems and cleanup costs borne by taxpayers demonstrate current regulations that govern the industry aren't enough. Montana Trout Unlimited and Earthworks sought to bolster their case...

Pollution fears: Swollen rivers swamp ash dumps, hog farms

Sep. 17, 2018 5:31 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Flooded rivers from Florence's drenching rains have swamped coal ash dumps and low-lying hog farms, raising pollution concerns as the swollen waterways approach their crests Monday. North Carolina environmental regulators say several open-air manure pits at hog farms have failed,...

Florida Gov. Scott confronted by protesters at campaign stop

Sep. 17, 2018 2:51 PM EDT

VENICE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott was confronted by dozens of protesters during a southwest Florida campaign stop. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported that protesters upset with the state's ongoing red tide outbreak jammed the sidewalk outside a restaurant that Scott visited. The newspaper...

Federal lawyers: Gulf oil leak spills much more than thought

Sep. 17, 2018 1:38 PM EDT

Federal government lawyers say a 14-year-old leak is releasing much more oil each day into the Gulf of Mexico than officials previously claimed, and it may be getting worse. A Friday court filing in a case involving Taylor Energy Co. says 10,000 to 30,000 gallons (37,000 to 113,000 liters) daily is leaking from...