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US officials granting $29 million for coastal protection

Nov. 18, 2019 10:26 AM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Projects to protect Texas marshes from erosion and an Alaskan village from the Bering Sea are getting help from some of the 44 grants awarded Monday by the National Coastal Resilience Fund, a public-private partnership assisting communities threatened by storms and flooding from rising...

Officials: Two-state commission to help address river issues

Nov. 17, 2019 11:19 AM EST

KANKAKEE, Ill. (AP) — Officials hope a commission with representatives from Indiana and Illinois will help address problems with the Kankakee River, including flooding and sedimentation. The Kankakee River runs from near South Bend, Indiana, to near Channahon, Illinois, where it meets the Des Plaines...

Study looks at potential for massive flooding in Flagstaff

Nov. 14, 2019 7:49 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — New modeling shows that a rush of water nearing the flow of the Colorado River could run off potential fire-scarred areas and flood parts of Flagstaff. The chance of massive flooding in the Rio de Flag, a normally dry riverbed, is rare — about 1% each year. But the modeling...

NY offers grant money for dam removal in Hudson estuary

Nov. 14, 2019 3:05 AM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Grants are being offered by New York state for dam-removal projects in the Hudson River estuary watershed to restore habitat connectivity for American eel and river herring. The state Department of Environmental Conservation says $986,000 in grants is available for communities in the...

Dow agrees to $77M environmental settlement in Michigan

Nov. 8, 2019 7:14 PM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Dow Chemical Co. has agreed to fund environmental restoration projects worth an estimated $77 million to compensate for decades of pollution by its plant in Midland, Michigan, officials said Friday. A deal between the company and government agencies calls for improvements to...

City suspends contract to take polluted runoff from landfill

Nov. 8, 2019 3:19 PM EST

LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — Officials in a Massachusetts city say they've suspended a contract that allows a New Hampshire landfill to send up to 100,000 gallons of polluted runoff daily to their plant that treats water bound for a major drinking water source. The Boston Globe reports Lowell officials, pressured...

Georgia editorial roundup

Nov. 6, 2019 4:05 PM EST

Recent editorials from Georgia newspapers: ___ Nov. 6 The Brunswick News on citizens asking for zoning changes: Overhauling the zoning ordinances in Glynn County is something that has been needed for a while to fix issues such as redundancies, complicated and outdated language, and other problems that have on...

3,000 gallons of sewage spills into Willamette River

Nov. 6, 2019 8:00 AM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A pipe carrying raw sewage spilled an estimated 3,000 gallons into the Willamette River in downtown Portland. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the city's Bureau of Environmental Services said crews discovered the spill around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. Sewage flowed into the river at the...

Trump administration eases Obama-era rules on coal pollution

Nov. 4, 2019 4:30 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration accelerated the pace of its environmental rollbacks for the country's coal-fired power plants Monday, proposing to weaken two Obama-era rules aimed at cleaning up dangerous heavy metals and ash from coal plants and keeping them from washing into groundwater and...

Hundreds of Maui river fish die amid habitat improvements

Nov. 1, 2019 7:23 PM EDT

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Hundreds of fish died in Maui's Wailuku River this week while the state was implementing measures to improve their habitat. The die-off occurred as officials installed a ladder to help fish climb a 22-foot (6.7-meter) man-made wall in the river, The Maui News reported. Officials had...