Latest Water quality News

Iowa DNR uses pesticide to remove fish from lake

Nov. 16, 2018 12:13 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is using a pesticide that has been linked to Parkinson's disease to eliminate undesirable fish from a Des Moines lake as part of a decade-long effort to improve the habitat and water quality. Rotenone was applied Tuesday to the south side of...

Clarification: Homes-Single Use Plastics story

Nov. 15, 2018 8:05 PM EST

In a story Nov. 14, The Associated Press quoted Kera Abraham Panni of the Monterey Bay Aquarium as saying only 9 percent of plastic has been recycled. The story should have clarified that Panni, who was citing figures from Science magazine, meant 9 percent of plastics ever made, rather than 9 percent of plastics...

Conservation groups disappointed with Illinois River plan

Nov. 15, 2018 3:36 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Conservation groups are expressing disappointment with a memorandum of agreement between Oklahoma and Arkansas officials to study ways to improve water quality in the Illinois River watershed. "This MOA proposes absolutely no provisions that will result in substantial water quality...

Dozens plead with Trump administration to keep air rules

Nov. 14, 2018 7:12 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Dozens of people who live near oil and gas wells pleaded with the Trump administration Wednesday not to roll back rules for methane pollution, while industry representatives said the changes should go further. The Environmental Protection Agency held a hearing in Denver on the...

Senate OKs Coast Guard bill with ballast water compromise

Nov. 14, 2018 6:54 PM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Senate approved a compromise policy Wednesday on dumping ship ballast water in coastal ports and the Great Lakes, a practice blamed for spreading invasive species that damage the environment and the economy. The plan, part of a $10.6 billion Coast Guard budget...

Draft EPA study finds newer nonstick compound may be harmful

Nov. 14, 2018 6:32 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long-term exposure to a chemical compound currently used for making nonstick coatings appears to be dangerous, even in minute amounts, according to draft findings released Wednesday by the Environmental Protection Agency. It was the first time EPA weighed in on newer, supposedly safer...

Arkansas, Oklahoma agencies agree to clean up Illinois River

Nov. 14, 2018 6:17 PM EST

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas and Oklahoma state agencies have signed an agreement which commits the states to work together to address concerns about water quality in the Illinois River. The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality says that the agency, along with the state's Natural...

The Latest: EPA holds hearing on rollback of methane rules

Nov. 14, 2018 3:17 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — The Latest on an EPA public hearing on methane pollution rules (all times local): 1 p.m. People who live near oil and gas wells are asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency not to roll back Obama-era rules for methane pollution, while industry representatives say the proposed changes...

Southern California wildfire roars to life in wilderness

Nov. 13, 2018 10:15 PM EST

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — Southern California's huge wildfire roared to life again Tuesday in a mountain wilderness area. But in a sign of significant progress against the blaze, more neighborhoods were reopened to thousands of residents who fled last week. A massive plume rose suddenly at midmorning in the...

Relatives say inmate's death linked to bad prison water

Nov. 13, 2018 3:13 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Relatives of a Massachusetts inmate who died from cancer say he was exposed to water contaminated with a hazardous chemical before his death. The Boston Globe reports that Sophia Bishop-Rice lead a rally last weekend in Boston to protest the death of her uncle, Roger Herbert. Herbert was an...