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2 dead, 1 hospitalized in separate Minnesota water incidents

Jun. 13, 2021 10:27 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities say two people drowned and a child who was found unresponsive in a pool was hospitalized in three separate incidents in Minnesota on Saturday. The Washington County Sheriff's Office says 46-year-old Chandra Mohan Laghuvaram, of Plymouth,...

Undoing Trump rule won't likely affect Okefenokee mine plan

Jun. 10, 2021 14:54 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The Biden administration’s plan to revive protections for some wetlands and streams that got eliminated during Donald Trump’s presidency isn't likely to restore federal oversight of a proposed mine outside the Okefenokee Swamp's vast wildlife refuge. ...

Biden moves to restore clean-water safeguards ended by Trump

Jun. 09, 2021 18:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration began legal action Wednesday to repeal a Trump-era rule that ended federal protections for hundreds of thousands of small streams, wetlands and other waterways, leaving them more vulnerable to pollution from development, industry and farms. ...

Crews work on Jackson water pumps, but rain could delay fix

Jun. 08, 2021 16:32 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Officials in Jackson say crews are working to fix ongoing problems with water pumps, but warn that weather could affect the pace of the work. About 2,000 residents are under a precautionary boil water notice, WAPT-TV reported. ...

Drought-stricken Nevada enacts ban on 'non-functional' grass

Jun. 07, 2021 19:15 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — In Sin City, one thing that will soon become unforgivable is useless grass. A new Nevada law will outlaw about 31% of the grass in the Las Vegas area in an effort to conserve water amid a drought that's drying up the region's primary water...

Fate of planned mine near Okefenokee left to Georgia agency

Jun. 07, 2021 12:40 PM EDT

FOLKSTON, Ga. (AP) — More than 160 years after her great-great-grandfather settled on a patch of land surrounded by water in the Okefenokee Swamp, Sheila Carter takes visitors on guided canoe tours for firsthand looks at the swamp's abundant alligators and stilt-legged birds wading among...

Biden targets $2.8B for conservation, outdoor recreation

Jun. 03, 2021 14:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Thursday proposed funding for dozens of conservation and recreation projects across the country as it allocates $2.8 billion in grants and programs authorized by a landmark conservation law enacted last year. ...

Utah governor asks citizens to pray for rain to end drought

Jun. 03, 2021 13:18 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah's governor asked citizens Thursday to pray for rain this weekend to relieve the state from its drought. Gov. Spencer Cox released a statement calling on Utah citizens to pray for “divine intervention” as an excessive heat warning has been...

Pecos River conservation projects awarded $1.5M in grants

May. 31, 2021 10:12 AM EDT

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Conservation projects in the Pecos River area got a boost this year as about $1.5 million in grants were awarded to organizations in southeast New Mexico and West Texas to restore habitats and maintain the health of the river. The Pecos Watershed...

Vermont invites public to help with wetlands mapping

May. 22, 2021 09:10 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The state of Vermont is inviting the public's help in mapping the state's wetlands. People can use the free iNaturalist website or phone app and upload observations of wetland species to iNaturalist Vermont Wetland Mapping Project, according to...