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Seventh graders taking class to water was a stroke of genius

May. 22, 2022 00:11 AM EDT

HILTON HEAD, S.C. (AP) — Taking dozens of seventh graders kayaking along Broad Creek wasn’t a dare. Maybe a challenge for some. And a test of patience for others. But leading swaths of life jacket-clad students — fueled with field trip exuberance and teenage wit — tandem...

State regulators approve large hog farm in Crawford County

May. 10, 2022 10:52 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Department of Natural Resources has approved a permit for a new factory farm in southwestern Wisconsin, a region known for its rolling hills and clear trout streams. Howard “AV” Roth plans to construct a second hog farm, this one capable of producing...

Maine baby eel industry had one of most successful seasons

May. 09, 2022 11:06 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's baby eel fishing industry is wrapping up one of the most successful seasons in its history. Maine is the only state in the country with a significant fishery for baby eels, which are also called elvers. They're sold to Asian aquaculture companies that...

State rejects application for salmon farm in Frenchman Bay

Apr. 21, 2022 14:52 PM EDT

GOULDSBORO, Maine (AP) — A state agency has terminated an application for a large aquaculture operation opposed by lobstermen in Frenchman Bay. American Aquafarms, which was notified of the decision Tuesday, proposed a pair of 60-acre, 15-pen sites that together could produce 66...

Oregon tribe opposes water release for farmers

Apr. 19, 2022 18:17 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Native American tribe in Oregon said Tuesday it is assessing its legal options after learning the U.S. government plans to release water from a federally operated reservoir to downstream farmers along the Oregon-California border amid a historic drought. ...

Farms, fish on dry California-Oregon border see scant water

Apr. 11, 2022 18:54 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Farms that rely on irrigation from a depleted, federally managed lake on the California-Oregon border, along with a Native American tribe fighting to protect fragile salmon, will both receive extremely limited amounts of water this summer as a historic drought and record-low...

Ecology fines Skagit Valley Farm over illegal irrigating

Apr. 06, 2022 08:21 AM EDT

SEDRO-WOOLLEY, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state Department of Ecology has fined Skagit Valley Farm $267,000 for irrigating 348 acres without having water rights. The crops unlawfully irrigated in 2021 were in the lower Skagit and Samish watersheds, according to a news release from...

Work to begin on Maine salmon farm on old paper mill site

Apr. 01, 2022 01:55 AM EDT

BUCKSPORT, Maine (AP) — Work will begin this spring on a much-anticipated land-based salmon farm slated for the site of a former Maine paper mill. Whole Oceans said Thursday that it intends to start pre-construction work on the Bucksport site soon. The farm would be one of the...

Lawsuit over beef farm in trout stream watershed may proceed

Mar. 29, 2022 18:24 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A state court judge said environmental groups may proceed with a lawsuit seeking to halt expansion of a cattle farm in northeast Iowa near a prized trout stream. Judge Michael Huppert on Monday ruled against the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, which...

Maine's lucrative baby eel fishery starts this week

Mar. 21, 2022 09:12 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's lucrative fishery for baby eels starts on Tuesday. Baby eels, called elvers, are sometimes worth more than $2,000 per pound because of their value to Asian aquaculture companies. Maine has the only significant fishery for the eels in the U.S. ...