Latest Estuaries News

Caloosahatchee River conditions are looking better this fall

Dec. 04, 2021 03:12 AM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Caloosahatchee River flows are looking good at a time when algae is absent from the entire system, and other health indicators seem promising as the region transitions into the brunt of the dry season. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Dec. 01, 2021 14:25 PM EST

Palm Beach Post. November XX, 2021. Editorial: Lake O operating plan about the best option of tough choices Pity the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Taking on the role of a modern-day Solomon, the federal agency had to come up with new water usage...

Nonprofit: American shad on brink of collapse in James River

Nov. 17, 2021 16:36 PM EST

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — American shad, often referred to as the “founding fish” for its historical and cultural significance, is on the verge of collapsing in the James River, according to an organization that has been tracking the fish for years. The fish's population...

New Mexico city moves ahead with desalination project

Nov. 13, 2021 11:05 AM EST

EUNICE, N.M. (AP) — One southeastern New Mexico city is taking another step forward as it looks for an “unlimited” source of water. The Eunice City Council recently voted to have a Hobbs-based engineering firm continue studying the benefits of building a...

New plan for Lake Okeechobee releases still raising concerns

Oct. 31, 2021 03:14 AM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Dozens of scientists, environmental groups, elected officials and agency heads met online Oct. 26 to talk about recent changes to a still controversial plan to govern Lake Okeechobee releases. Paul Gray, Audubon Florida’s director of science,...

Report: Few poultry farms pay fines when concerns raised

Oct. 28, 2021 17:56 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Regulators’ inspections of Maryland poultry farms in recent years turned up water pollution concerns in the majority of cases, but only a few of those operations paid fines, an environmental watchdog group has found. An Environmental Integrity Project...

Florida manatee deaths soar as polluted water kills seagrass

Oct. 26, 2021 12:56 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Florida fishing guide and environmental activist Paul Fafeita says a highlight for his charter customers is spotting the manatees that forage for seagrass in shallow waters. It's not so thrilling when they come across the emaciated carcass of a manatee that...

Tribe threatens lawsuit to speed Skagit estuary restoration

Sep. 10, 2021 19:17 PM EDT

LA CONNER, Wash. (AP) — The Swinomish Tribe is threatening to sue the federal government to speed up estuary restoration — and salmon preservation — on the Skagit River delta. Much of the estuary has been drained and closed off with tide gates to facilitate...