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Scientists see silver lining in fed's efforts at Lake Powell

Jan. 15, 2022 08:02 AM EST

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced last week that it plans to adjust management protocols for the Colorado River in early 2022 to reduce monthly releases from Lake Powell in an effort to keep the reservoir from dropping farther below 2021′s historic lows. ...

Charges filed against Electron Hydro over river pollution

Jan. 11, 2022 13:39 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Three dozen criminal charges have been filed against Electron Hydro and its chief operating officer Thom Fischer in connection with a 2020 spill of crumb rubber into the Puyallup River. Washington Attorney General Robert Ferguson filed the 36 gross misdemeanor...

Indigenous Lenca leader shot dead in Honduras, police say

Jan. 09, 2022 20:32 PM EST

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — A local leader of Honduras’ indigenous Lenca group was shot to death Sunday, police said. Pablo Isabel Hernández was killed on a dirt road near the town of San Marcos de Caiquín as he headed to a local church with his father and brothers, police...

Complaints made over utility management of Hebgen Lake, dam

Jan. 06, 2022 17:43 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Summer drought followed by a Hebgen Dam component failure in late November led to complaints about how the dam’s owner managed summer water levels in Hebgen Lake and why it failed to notice a sudden reduction in water released into the Madison River this fall, potentially...

Biologists discover rare mussels in St. Croix River

Dec. 29, 2021 12:37 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Biologists discovered a cluster of rare mussels that could be more than 100 years old in the upper St. Croix River this past summer. Wisconsin Public Radio reported Wednesday that biologists from the University of Minnesota, the Wisconsin Department of Natural...

Editorial Roundup: Iowa

Dec. 27, 2021 10:04 AM EST

Des Moines Register. Dec. 26, 2021. Editorial: Here are our 5 birthday wishes for Iowa as our state turns 175 On Dec. 28, 1846, when President James K. Polk signed the bill making Iowa the 29th state, its population was estimated at 96,000 people. Since then, Iowans’...

Changing climate parches Afghanistan, exacerbating poverty

Dec. 23, 2021 02:34 AM EST

SANG-E-ATASH, Afghanistan (AP) — Fed by rain and snowmelt from mountains, this valley nestled among northwestern Afghanistan’s jagged peaks was once fertile. But the climate has changed in the last few decades, locals say, leaving the earth barren and its people struggling to survive. ...

States volunteer to take more cuts in Colorado River water

Dec. 15, 2021 17:50 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Water leaders in Arizona, Nevada and California signed an agreement Wednesday to voluntarily reduce their take from the Colorado River to help stave off mandatory cuts in the upcoming years. The signing took place at the Colorado River Water Users Association...

Conservation group sues Army Corps over Columbia pollution

Dec. 10, 2021 12:39 PM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A conservation group is suing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, saying the agency is polluting the Columbia River with hot water, oil and toxic chemicals that are killing large numbers of endangered salmon. Columbia Riverkeeper filed the lawsuit Wednesday in...

Michigan Senate approves $3.3B water infrastructure bill

Dec. 03, 2021 22:27 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Senate on Thursday unanimously approved $3.3 billion in water infrastructure spending to replace lead pipes and repair aging dams around the state while also sending money to a Detroit-area system that has struggled with flooding blamed on climate change....