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Kennebec dam owner sues Maine agencies as saga continues

Sep. 28, 2021 15:26 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The owner of four hydroelectric dams on the Kennebec River sued two Maine agencies on Monday alleging they improperly cooperated on fish passage regulations that impact the future of the dams and fish populations. The lawsuit filed in Kennebec...

Maine governor to take side of fishing biz in whale lawsuit

Sep. 28, 2021 10:31 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's governor is intervening in a federal lawsuit that concerns the future of right whale protections and lobster fishing off New England. The lawsuit was filed by conservation group Center for Biological Diversity against the federal...

Famous Wyoming grizzly, cubs, chased away from risky area

Sep. 26, 2021 10:12 AM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Felicia, the mama grizzly bear whose troubles won the hearts of the Internet, has successfully shepherded her cubs through a perilous summer. Her fans miss seeing the little bear family grazing and frolicking along Togwotee Pass. But they hope, for...

Biden, Dems push Civilian Climate Corps in echo of New Deal

Sep. 09, 2021 17:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Inspired by the New Deal-era Civilian Conservation Corps, President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats are pushing for a modern counterpart: a Civilian Climate Corps that would create hundreds of thousands of jobs building trails, restoring streams and helping prevent...

Lawsuit: Dam operator is violating Endangered Species Act

Sep. 09, 2021 17:22 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Environmental groups contend four Kennebec River dams are violating federal law by harming endangered Atlantic salmon. Brookfield Renewable U.S. is violating the federal Endangered Species Act because an exemption spelling out limits on the death...

US to reevaluate review of Alaska petroleum reserve

Sep. 08, 2021 20:38 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is expected to reevaluate a Trump-era environmental review that provided a basis for plans to open an additional roughly 6.8 million acres in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska to oil and gas leasing. A memo...

Global biodiversity conference opens in southern France

Sep. 03, 2021 17:10 PM EDT

MARSEILLE, France (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron opened a global summit on biodiversity on Friday, saying the world needs to act promptly and decisively to safeguard the Earth's natural resources. “There is no vaccine for a sick planet," he warned. ...

Gray wolf spotted in Kern County for 1st time in decades

Sep. 01, 2021 20:45 PM EDT

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — A gray wolf was spotted in Kern County earlier this year, the farthest south the species has traveled since being reintroduced in California after going extinct, wildlife officials said. The collared gray wolf was captured on a trail camera ...

Snail darter, tiny and notorious, is no longer endangered

Aug. 31, 2021 10:42 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The snail darter, a tiny fish that notoriously blocked a federal dam project in Tennessee decades ago, should no longer be on the endangered species list, federal officials announced on Tuesday. Arguing that the fish is no longer in danger of...

Record low numbers of steelhead returning to Columbia River

Aug. 28, 2021 13:29 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Record low numbers of steelhead are returning to the Columbia River this year, prompting conservationists and anglers alike to call for a halt to recreational fishing for the sea-run fish. As of this week, just 29,000 steelhead passed the...