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Nevada water chief rejects big Vegas pipeline pumping plan

Aug. 17, 2018 8:18 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Long-fought plans for Las Vegas to pump and pipe drinking water from arid valleys just west of the Utah state line were dealt a severe blow Friday with a ruling from Nevada's top state water official. State Engineer Jason King denied groundwater rights to the Las Vegas-based Southern...

Judge halts Trump rule that suspended clean water protection

Aug. 16, 2018 8:29 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A federal judge in South Carolina has ruled the Trump administration did not properly seek public input when it suspended protections designed to thwart waterway pollution. The Post and Courier newspaper reports Thursday's decision by U.S. District Judge David Norton in Charleston...

Washed out: Water woes scuttle Phish's 3-day music festival

Aug. 16, 2018 7:28 PM EDT

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) — A three-day Phish music festival was scuttled by dirty water from torrential rains on Thursday, with health officials denying a permit just as the rock band was about to go onstage for its traditional sound check jam. "We are still in shock," the band said in a statement on its...

Endangered Green, Loggerhead turtles make comeback in Cyprus

Aug. 16, 2018 3:57 AM EDT

LARA BEACH, Cyprus (AP) — For these ancient reptiles, a stretch of beach on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus has been their home for thousands of years. Against the setting sun, the tiny turtles that have just hatched on Lara Beach strain against the surf to reach the Mediterranean Sea and embark on...

Vital US reservoir OK for now, but shortages are looming

Aug. 15, 2018 9:39 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A vital reservoir on the Colorado River will be able to meet the demands of Mexico and the U.S. Southwest for the next 13 months, but a looming shortage could trigger cutbacks as soon as the end of 2019, officials said Wednesday. A forecast from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation echoes previous...

Not just land heat waves: Oceans are in hot water, too

Aug. 15, 2018 3:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Even the oceans are breaking temperature records in this summer of heat waves. Off the San Diego coast, scientists earlier this month recorded all-time high seawater temperatures since daily measurements began in 1916. "Just like we have heat waves on land, we also have heat waves in the...

Researchers look into Lake Superior algae bloom

Aug. 15, 2018 2:09 PM EDT

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Scientists are investigating an unprecedented algae bloom in Lake Superior and have sent samples for lab testing to determine if it is toxic. Kayakers and other visitors to the popular lakeshores along eastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin found green scummy algae last week on...

Devastating toxic algae bloom plagues Florida's Gulf Coast

Aug. 13, 2018 5:47 PM EDT

LONGBOAT KEY, Fla. (AP) — Tons of dead fish. A smell so awful you gag with one inhale. Empty beaches, empty roads, empty restaurants. A toxic algae bloom has overrun Florida's southern Gulf Coast this summer, devastating sea life and driving people from the water. "I've never seen it this bad," said...

The Latest: State of emergency as Florida battles algae

Aug. 13, 2018 5:34 PM EDT

LONGBOAT KEY, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on Red Ride 5:15 p.m. Gov. Rick Scott is declaring a state of emergency across parts of Florida that have been overrun by a toxic algae bloom that is killing fish and emptying beaches and restaurants. Scott is ordering $100,000 for additional scientists to help with...

White House called toxins contamination 'PR nightmare'

Aug. 13, 2018 2:51 PM EDT

HORSHAM, Pa. (AP) — Lauren Woeher wonders if her 16-month-old daughter has been harmed by tap water contaminated with toxic industrial compounds used in products like nonstick cookware, carpets, firefighting foam and fast-food wrappers. Henry Betz, at 76, rattles around his house alone at night, thinking...