Latest Water conservation and preservation News

Venice ‘on its knees’ after second-worst flood ever recorded

Nov. 13, 2019 2:50 PM EST

VENICE, Italy (AP) — The worst flooding in Venice in more than 50 years prompted calls Wednesday to better protect the historic city from rising sea levels as officials calculated hundreds of millions of euros in damage. The water reached 1.87 meters (6.14 feet) above average sea level Tuesday, the...

Interior proposes coveted deal to ex-client of agency head

Nov. 8, 2019 7:33 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Interior Department is proposing to award one of the first contracts for federal water in perpetuity to a powerful rural California water district that had long employed Secretary David Bernhardt as a lobbyist. Conservation groups are demanding fuller disclosure of financial terms and...

Colorado voters narrowly approve legalized sports betting

Nov. 6, 2019 4:55 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Colorado became the 19th U.S. state to legalize some form of sports betting as election officials tallied Wednesday a surprisingly close vote in which ballots for the measure narrowly surpassed "no" votes. More than 1.3 million Coloradans voted Tuesday on Proposition DD, a bipartisan ballot...

Justices seem uncertain about reach of Clean Water Act

Nov. 6, 2019 1:35 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seems uncertain about how to decide a closely watched case from Hawaii about the reach of landmark federal clean-water protections. The justices heard arguments Wednesday about whether a sewage treatment plant needs a federal permit when it sends wastewater deep...

Colorado to vote on sports betting, and water could benefit

Nov. 2, 2019 11:39 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado residents will decide Tuesday whether to legalize sports betting and tax it to help conserve the state's most precious resource: water. Proposition DD, referred to the ballot by the Legislature, has bipartisan support from lawmakers and interest groups and only token opposition. It...

EPA proposes rewrite of rules on lead contamination in water

Oct. 10, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday proposed a rewrite of rules for dealing with lead pipes contaminating drinking water, but critics say the changes appear to give water systems decades more time to replace pipes leaching dangerous amounts of toxic lead. Contrary to regulatory rollbacks...

New Jersey tallies 160K lead pipes in homes, businesses

Oct. 1, 2019 2:16 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's first attempt to put together a comprehensive inventory of the type of lead pipes that caused a drinking water crisis in the state's biggest city is underway, and so far has counted around 160,000 of the potentially toxic pipes at homes and businesses across the state,...

Trump administration accuses California of water pollution

Sep. 26, 2019 7:38 PM EDT

Escalating its fight with California, the Trump administration accused the state Thursday of failing to stop water pollution from such sources as human waste left on the pavement by the homeless in big cities such as San Francisco and Los Angeles. San Francisco's mayor disputed any connection between homeless...

The Latest: San Francisco mayor fed up with Trump's swipes

Sep. 26, 2019 3:36 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on the EPA cracking down on California water quality (all times local): 12:35 p.m. San Francisco's mayor has rejected a federal claim that there is a link between homelessness and water quality in the area. Mayor London Breed also said Thursday that she's "sick" of President...

The Latest: California sues EPA over salt pond protections

Sep. 24, 2019 6:39 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on disputes between California and the EPA (all times local): 3:20 p.m. California's attorney general has filed another lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Tuesday filing by Democratic Attorney General Xavier Becerra relates to salt ponds in...