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Washington officials oppose island proposals for rainwater

Jan. 6, 2020 2:18 PM EST

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — County planning officials in Washington state have opposed changes to restrictions on using rain as a primary water source for an island community. The Skagit County Planning and Development Services Department advised county commissioners against the proposals for Guemes Island,...

Marijuana farms may be straining New Mexico water supplies

Jan. 6, 2020 12:02 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — More medical marijuana plants are being grown in New Mexico than ever, and the crop could be straining local water supplies. Two rural water systems in Sandoval County say the crop may be depleting local water supplies, and they say they have been left powerless to stop it, the...

FILE - This Sept. 9, 2011 file photo shows the dramatic bend in the Colorado River at a the popular Horseshoe Bend in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in Page, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Advocate: Colorado River Basin states need to cut water use

Jan. 5, 2020 3:00 PM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A longtime water conservation advocate says Arizona and the other Lower Colorado River Basin states need to cut their water use more and faster. Sustainable Waters president Brian Richter says Arizona, California, and Nevada need to slash total water use by 18% from their 2000-2018...

Humboldt water plant reopens after chemical spill scare

Jan. 3, 2020 3:36 PM EST

HUMBOLDT, Kan. (AP) — Residents of a southeast Kansas town were told Friday they could return to using the city's water after its water plant reopened. Humboldt shut down its water plant and on Thursday asked residents to limit their water use because of a chemical spill in the nearby Neosho River. On...

Clash over water continues between Kansas farmers, refuge

Dec. 15, 2019 11:10 AM EST

ST. JOHN, Kan. (AP) — The clash over water rights between the operators of a federal wildlife refuge in south central Kansas and farmers could potentially wind up in court if the two sides don't reach an agreement on water usage. The Quivira National Wildlife Refuge has been complaining that it's not...

In this Dec. 12, 2019 photo, Craig Ogden, president of the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau, raises cattle, cotton and alfalfa on his farm near Loving, N.M.. His farm is now surrounded by oil and gas production. (Eddie Moore/The Albuquerque Journal via AP)

Oil and gas another piece in New Mexico’s water puzzle

Dec. 14, 2019 10:45 AM EST

LOVING, N.M. (AP) — Craig Ogden has farmed alfalfa and cotton in southeastern New Mexico for nearly three decades, and he’s seen the acreage used for farming dwindle as neighbors seize lucrative offers from the oil and gas industry. The northern border of his property teems with oil wells drilled in...

Judge recommends Georgia prevail in water war with Florida

Dec. 12, 2019 4:09 PM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A federal judge is recommending that Georgia prevail in a longstanding legal battle with Florida over water consumption from rivers shared by the states, though the final decision rests with the U.S. Supreme Court. The neighboring Southern states have been fighting since the 1990s over...

Oahu seeing mixed results with artificial turf median strips

Dec. 12, 2019 10:32 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — A pilot project to test the use of artificial turf on road median strips on Oahu has had mixed results, officials said. The artificial turf has worked well in some of Oahu's nine city council districts, while others have experienced problems, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Wednesday....

Yamhill County approves marijuana facility over objections

Dec. 6, 2019 10:53 AM EST

NEWBERG, Ore. (AP) — Planning commissioners in Yamhill County, Oregon, have approved a controversial proposed hemp and marijuana processing facility. KOIN reports the facility will be located 12 minutes outside downtown Newberg. Many members of the public are concerned about livability, water usage, odors,...

In this photo provided by Cynthia McKenvie is sewage backup that flooded her home, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019, in the Jamaica, Queens section of New York. Officials say a water condition is causing human waste to back up into several hundred homes in the area there. (Cynthia McKenvie via AP)

Sewer blockage pushes waste into 300 New York City homes

Dec. 1, 2019 12:50 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A blocked sewer main flooded basements Saturday with brown filth and left residents in the neighborhood near New York City’s Kennedy Airport feeling sickened by the stench. A water condition caused the backup, pushing human waste into about 300 homes in Jamaica, Queens, officials...