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Utah public comment period closes for Lake Powell Pipeline

Jan. 17, 2020 6:48 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — More than 1,100 public comments were submitted for the proposed Lake Powell Pipeline designed to pump water to two southern Utah counties, program officials said. The proposed 140-mile (225-kilometer) road is estimated to cost between $1 billion to $1.7 billion, The Spectrum reported....

Lake McConaughy patrons oppose changes to limit visitors

Jan. 17, 2020 5:17 PM EST

OGALLALA, Neb. (AP) — Hundreds of people showed up for a meeting at the Lake McConaughy Visitor Center in Ogallala to protest proposed changes that would drastically limit overnight campers and beachgoers at the lake. The proposal discussed at Thursday's meeting came from the Nebraska Game and Parks...

A car speeds past the additional drainage pumps on the Oktibbeha County Lake dam near Starkville, Miss., Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 15, 2020. Officials are hoping the additional drainage will limit the heavy pressure the rain-swollen lake is placing on the dam. County officials believe a breach would affect an estimated 130 properties and several highways. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

New sinkhole found at endangered Mississippi dam

Jan. 17, 2020 4:12 PM EST

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — An inspection found a new sinkhole at a Mississippi lake where an earthen dam could fail because of high water levels linked to heavy rains, officials said Friday. The sinkhole was discovered at Oktibbeha County Lake on Thursday after county supervisors approved a plan to drain the...

Indiana agency denies emergency request over beach erosion

Jan. 17, 2020 3:03 PM EST

OGDEN DUNES, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana state agency declined to declare an emergency at Lake Michigan beaches eroded by high water levels and a series of storms, saying there isn’t enough damage to public resources to warrant the use of federal disaster funds. The Indiana Department of Homeland...

State offices close as heavy snow, 116 mph wind slams Sierra

Jan. 16, 2020 9:11 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Sierra storm packing heavy snow and winds gusting up to 116 mph (186 kph) prompted an avalanche warning Thursday in the mountains above Lake Tahoe, halted interstate traffic and closed schools and state offices in Nevada. Gov. Steve Sisolak ordered the early closure of state government...

2 rescued from snowstorm at Cultus Lake

Jan. 16, 2020 8:58 PM EST

GLIDE, Ore. (AP) — Two people were rescued after becoming stranded by a snowstorm near Cultus Lake in the Umpqua National Forest. The couple was visiting the lake outside the town of Glide on Monday and decided to stay overnight when they had car trouble, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office....

Supervisor Marvell Howard inspects the slope failure as he climbs up the side of the Oktibbeha County Lake dam west of Starkville, Miss., Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. Officials said a breach would affect an estimated 130 properties and nine highways. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi county OKs plan to drain lake with failing dam

Jan. 16, 2020 2:12 PM EST

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Leaders in a Mississippi county approved a plan Thursday to drain a swollen lake where officials say a decades-old earthen dam could fail after days of heavy rain. The Starkville Daily News reported that Oktibbeha County supervisors unanimously endorsed the proposal during a...

FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2015 file photo, an army zodiac secures the entrance of the new section of the Suez Canal in Ismailia, Egypt. The Suez Canal, which connects the Red Sea to the Mediterranean Sea, revolutionized maritime travel by creating a direct shipping route between the East and the West. But as Egypt marks the 150th anniversary of its opening, marine biologists are bemoaning one of the famed waterway's lesser known legacies, the invasion of hundreds of non-native species that have driven the native marine life toward extinction and altered the delicate Mediterranean ecosystem with potentially devastating consequences. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

Experts say Med Sea altered by Suez Canal's invasive species

Jan. 16, 2020 2:28 AM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — As Egypt marks the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Suez Canal, marine biologists are bemoaning one of the famed waterway’s lesser known legacies — the invasion of hundreds of non-native species, including toxic jellyfish and aggressive lionfish. The canal,...

Officials want docks, fences removed for Seattle-area trail

Jan. 15, 2020 8:21 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Officials want the owners of about 150 properties along a Washington state lake to remove docks, boat lifts, decks, driveways, fences, landscaping and other amenities that stand in the way of completing a long-anticipated paved trail through the area. King County sent letters this week to...

Darkening skies surround the Oktibbeha County Lake near Starkville, Miss., Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. The rain-swollen lake is keeping heavy pressure on a dam that is in danger of failing, state and local officials said Wednesday. A breach would affect an estimated 130 properties and nine highways. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Pressure building on rural north Mississippi dam

Jan. 15, 2020 6:58 PM EST

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Authorities worked to lower the level of a rain-swollen lake in rural north Mississippi on Wednesday, hoping to avoid the failure of a dam amid forecasts of more rain. An inspection of the earthen dam in Oktibbeha County on Tuesday led to warnings that it was in danger of failing...