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Embers from the Grizzly Creek Fire illuminate the mountains above Glenwood Springs, Colo., on the evening of Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. Wildfires burning in western Colorado continue to grow in warm, windy weather, fueled by drought conditions. The Grizzly Creek Fire initially broke out along interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon just east of Glenwood Springs. (Chelsea Self/Glenwood Springs Post Independent via AP)

Colorado wildfire keeps I-70 closed for 5th straight day

Aug. 14, 2020 8:24 PM EDT

EAGLE, Colo. (AP) — Gov. Jared Polis said Friday a portion of Interstate 70 in western Colorado could be closed for another two to three days as firefighters battle a wildfire that has forced evacuations, scorched about 23 square miles (59 square kilometers) and threatened one of the state's most popular...

US West faces reckoning over water but avoids cuts for now

Aug. 14, 2020 3:47 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The white rings that wrap around two massive lakes in the U.S. West are a stark reminder of how water levels are dropping and a warning that the 40 million people who rely on the Colorado River face a much drier future. Amid prolonged drought and climate change in a region that's...

This photo provided by Inventive Resources Inc., shows a boat at the Lakeside Marina in South Lake Tahoe, Calif., equipped with ultraviolet lights that is proving effective at killing algae and other marine plants that eat away at Lake Tahoe's clarity. The UV vessel designed by Inventive Resources Inc. and operated by researchers at the University of Nevada, Reno, is designed to operate in the tight spaces of a marina or the open lake. (Inventive Resources Inc. via AP)

Ultraviolet algae killer aids bid to help Lake Tahoe clarity

Aug. 14, 2020 12:22 AM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Encouraged by three years of experimentation, scientists at Lake Tahoe plan to expand the use of ultraviolet light to kill algae and other invasive plants that eat away at the clarity of the mountain water. Researchers at the University of Nevada, Reno are monitoring the project and...

Bald eagle shows air superiority, sends drone into lake

Aug. 13, 2020 11:23 AM EDT

ESCANABA, Mich. (AP) — A bald eagle launched an aerial assault on a drone operated by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy — known as EGLE — ripping off a propeller and sending the aircraft into Lake Michigan. The attack happened July 21, when the drone was mapping...

Water condition warning system not in park's upgrades plan

Aug. 12, 2020 3:19 PM EDT

PARK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Improvements planned for Holland State Park in western Michigan include a new restroom building, an automated parking notification system and even upgrades to a campground’s electric service. But a draft of the park’s new $4.6 million general management plan by the...

Environmental group says Indiana mill exceeds toxicity cap

Aug. 12, 2020 2:35 PM EDT

PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — An environmental group that sued a steelmaker in December for allegedly violating the Clean Water Act at its northwestern Indiana facility says the company continues to release excess amounts of chemicals into a Lake Michigan tributary. The Environmental Law & Policy Center said...

Sockeye salmon return to central Idaho, numbers still low

Aug. 12, 2020 12:39 PM EDT

NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — Wildlife experts have reported more than a dozen sockeye salmon returned to Redfish Lake in central Idaho after reporting a record-low number of salmon last year. State Department of Fish and Game fishery experts Dan Baker and John Powell said that sockeye salmon survival is not totally...

Boy killed in personal watercraft collision on Iowa lake

Aug. 12, 2020 9:58 AM EDT

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (AP) — A 14-year-old boy died in a personal watercraft collision on Clear Lake in north-central Iowa, officials said. The collision of the two recreational watercraft happened around noon Tuesday, according to a news release Wednesday from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. ...

Man struck by boat propeller drowns at South Lake Tahoe

Aug. 11, 2020 8:48 PM EDT

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California man drowned in Lake Tahoe after his leg apparently was struck by a rental boat propeller about a mile (1.6 kilometers) from the lake’s south shore, authorities said Tuesday South Lake Tahoe Police identified the victim of Monday’s...

Body found of man who jumped into lake from pontoon boat

Aug. 11, 2020 12:53 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The body of a man who jumped into the water from a pontoon boat on Lake Meridian and disappeared has been found, officials said. Four people tried to rescue the man in his 20s after he jumped and struggled in the lake about 25 miles (40 kilometers) from Seattle, KOMO-TV reported. Authorities...