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Cannabis industry in New Mexico faces big challenge of water

Jul. 24, 2021 14:48 PM EDT

MADRID, N.M. (AP) — Where some see desert, Cid and Medina Isbell see opportunity. Standing on a plot on their 30-acre property just north of Madrid, they envision a greenhouse full of cannabis plants where brush, sunflowers and cactuses now grow. ...

Low oxygen levels off coast raise fears of marine dead zones

Jul. 24, 2021 14:01 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Low oxygen levels measured off the coast of Oregon and Washington are raising concerns of large “dead zones” that could decimate crabs and bottom-dwelling fish within them. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said this week that...

Warnings issued for 2 ponds with high bacteria, 1 with algae

Jul. 24, 2021 10:42 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Swimmers are being urged to avoid ponds in Foster and Kingston that have high levels of bacteria, the Rhode Island Department of Health said Friday. The department recommended the closure of Dyer Woods Campground Beach in Foster and Larkin’s...

Elevated metal levels found in water near Rockton's Chemtool

Jul. 24, 2021 09:26 AM EDT

ROCKTON, Ill. (AP) — Officials have found elevated levels of harmful metals in groundwater monitoring wells at a Rockton Superfund toxic waste site. But the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency noted that the substances were not found in the municipal water system...

After little rain, California tourist town runs low on water

Jul. 23, 2021 17:12 PM EDT

MENDOCINO, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California coastal town popular with tourists is running low on water after two years of little rainfall during a drought in the U.S. West, forcing residents and business owners to truck in water from elsewhere. Mendocino, known for...

Critics bid to overturn approval of Tahoe resort expansion

Jul. 23, 2021 16:18 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Environmental lawyers are urging a California appellate court to overturn a pair of district court rulings that handed significant victories to the Squaw Valley ski resort as it moves forward with expansion plans critics say will dramatically increase traffic in the area...

Lead found in drinking water at Hawaii public schools

Jul. 23, 2021 15:48 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Testing of drinking water at Hawaii's public schools found at least 93 faucets and fountains have elevated concentrations of lead. The contaminated water was found among 2,232 sampled taps at 58 schools on Maui, Kauai and the Big Island, the Honolulu...

Proposal to lay cables under Columbia met with skepticism

Jul. 23, 2021 13:41 PM EDT

Can slicing a 100-mile trench into the bed of the Columbia River be good for the environment? The answer is a big yes, says a team of energy developers that proposes submerging power cables in the riverbed. The developers say the cables could deliver “clean” energy...

Red tide uptick spurs respiratory warning at Florida beaches

Jul. 23, 2021 13:13 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — People may experience respiratory problems because of a persistent bloom of toxic red tide off Florida's Gulf Coast, the National Weather Service said Friday. The service issued a “beach hazards statement” affecting the oceanfront and...

New Jersey backs Superfund cleanup for Hackensack River

Jul. 23, 2021 12:53 PM EDT

SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey on Friday took the first step to rid the lower Hackensack River of heavily contaminated sediment dating from the state's industrial past. State Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn LaTourette announced the commitment...