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Deadly microbe water warning lifted for all but 1 Texas city

Sep. 26, 2020 8:18 PM EDT

LAKE JACKSON, Texas (AP) — Texas officials on Saturday lifted a warning for all but one Houston-area community to stop using tap water because it might be tainted with a deadly brain-eating microbe. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality warned the Brazosport Water Authority late Friday of the...

FILE - In this July 29, 2019, file photo, Walker Lake, about 100 miles southeast of Reno, Nev., is viewed. Mineral County and the Walker Lake Working Group announced this week that they intend to bring their legal battle over whether Nevada can adjust already allocated water rights to sustain rivers and lakes long-term back to federal court. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner, File)

Walker Lake group to take water suit back to federal court

Sep. 26, 2020 1:07 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Lawyers representing Mineral County and the Walker Lake Working Group announced this week they intend to take a water rights case with broad implications back to federal appeals court to ask whether Nevada can adjust already allocated water rights to sustain rivers and lakes...

This undated photo from the Wyoming Fish and Game Department shows an employee holding freshwater mussels. Biologists in July, 2020, released about 2,400 pocketbook mussels to attempt to reintroduce the species to the Laramie and North Platte rivers in southeastern Wyoming. (Wyoming Game and Fish Department via AP)

Biologists seek to restore mussel to southeastern Wyoming

Sep. 26, 2020 10:10 AM EDT

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department reintroduced a native species of mussels to rivers in southeast Wyoming this summer after finding none in the state during recent surveys. The plain pocketbook mussel is commonly found throughout the Mississippi River Basin, including the Laramie...

Climatologist: Dry areas in US Southwest getting drier

Sep. 25, 2020 3:44 PM EDT

BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) — A sliver of water runs under the bridge here as sand bars and thickets of willow come closer to choking off the Rio Grande as it flows through New Mexico. It's another sign of dry times in the American Southwest, where New Mexico state climatologist Dave DuBois said the fingerprints...

FILE - This March 26, 2019, file photo, shows a bathtub ring of light minerals showing the high water mark of the reservoir which has shrunk to its lowest point on the Colorado River, as seen from the Hoover Dam, Ariz. Six states in the U.S. West that rely on the Colorado River to sustain cities and farms rebuked a plan to build an underground pipeline that would transport billions of gallons of water through the desert to southwest Utah. In a joint letter Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, water officials from Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Wyoming urged the U.S. government to halt the approval process for the project, which would bring water 140 miles (225 km) from Lake Powell in northern Arizona to the growing area surrounding St. George, Utah.(AP Photo/Richard Vogel,File)

Utah asks US to delay decision on tapping Colorado River

Sep. 25, 2020 1:53 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Facing opposition from six states that rely on the Colorado River for water for their cities and farms, Utah asked the federal government to delay a fast-track approval process for building an underground pipeline that would transport billions of gallons of water to the southwest part...

Houston sampling wastewater to track spread of COVID-19

Sep. 24, 2020 7:57 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Results from a program that’s testing Houston’s wastewater to monitor the local spread of the coronavirus have shown that it could be a faster way of detecting outbreaks in the nation’s fourth-largest city, officials said Thursday. Since May, the city and scientists from...

Dead squirrels washing up on a Lake Michigan beach

Sep. 24, 2020 12:40 PM EDT

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — Dead squirrels have been washing up on a Lake Michigan beach at a state park. The squirrels likely drowned while trying to cross the Grand River and then flowed to the lake and Grand Haven State Park, an expert said. Nick Kalejs, a wildlife biologist at the Muskegon State Game...

Broken water pump leads to restrictions at Grand Canyon

Sep. 23, 2020 12:04 AM EDT

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — Visitors to the Grand Canyon's North Rim are being asked to conserve water until a pump deep in the canyon can be fixed. Portable toilets have been set up to replace flushing ones that were available to the public, Grand Canyon National Park officials said Tuesday....

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Sep. 22, 2020 3:58 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: Rootstown’s school leaders failed to stand up to racism Akron Beacon Journal Sept. 20 America’s summer of cultural awakening about persistent racism in our country clearly didn’t resonate in Rootstown’s school...

The Directors Guild of America headquarters is pictured on April 16, 2020, in Los Angeles. Hollywood's unions announced Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, that they have reached an agreement on pandemic protocols with major studios that will allow the broad resumption of production of films and television after six months of empty sets and widespread unemployment. The Directors Guild of America, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the Basic Crafts unions and the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists jointly announced the deal reached with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers after months of planning and negotiating. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

The Latest: Hollywood unions announce pandemic agreement

Sep. 21, 2020 10:38 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES — Hollywood’s unions have announced that they have reached an agreement on pandemic protocols with major studios that will allow the broad resumption of production of films and television after six months of stagnant sets and widespread unemployment. The Directors Guild of America, the...