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Shreveport kicks off $36 million drinking water renovation

May. 15, 2021 11:26 AM EDT

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — After a winter freeze that crippled drinking water systems across the region, the city of Shreveport is launching a $36.5 million project designed to improve its drinking water infrastructure. The city is renovating its service pump station that...

Detroit suburbs act to conserve water, avoid rate shock

May. 15, 2021 09:58 AM EDT

MACOMB TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit suburb is offering to make free house calls to help residents efficiently use their automatic sprinklers. Macomb Township in Macomb County is trying to avoid extra fees for excessive demand from the Great Lakes Water Authority,...

Scuba divers begin 6-month effort to rid Lake Tahoe of trash

May. 14, 2021 21:53 PM EDT

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — A team of scuba divers on Friday completed the first dive of a massive, six-month effort to rid the popular Lake Tahoe of fishing rods, tires, aluminum cans, beer bottles and other trash accumulating underwater. The team of between five...

Inslee, Murray, Cantwell oppose Simpson plan to remove dams

May. 14, 2021 12:24 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Washington state's top Democrats have come out against a proposal from U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, to remove four hydroelectric dams on the Snake River and replace their benefits as part of a huge infrastructure bill being crafted by the Biden administration. ...

Danes start digging up minks to prevent water pollution

May. 14, 2021 05:16 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark has begun excavating the decomposing bodies of some 4 million mink, for fear they will pollute drinking water or a bathing lake. In November, Denmark culled all of its minks out of fears the animals could re-transmit the coronavirus...

Conservation groups say they'll sue dams' owner over salmon

May. 13, 2021 17:32 PM EDT

FAIRFIELD, Maine (AP) — Three conservation groups allege that the four Kennebec River dams operated by Brookfield Renewable between Waterville and Skowhegan are threatening the survival of the endangered Atlantic salmon, according to a notice of intent to sue filed this week. ...

Pandemic-hit oyster farmers turn to conservation to survive

May. 13, 2021 16:32 PM EDT

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — When the pandemic struck last year, oyster farmer Chris Burtis soon realized the restaurants that bought his oysters had mostly closed. Without a new market, his Ferda Farms faced potential economic ruin. Then, Burtis heard The Nature Conservancy in...

Legionella bacteria no longer at West Virginia hospital

May. 13, 2021 04:56 AM EDT

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Recent tests show bacteria that causes the severe form of pneumonia known as Legionnaires' disease is no longer found at a West Virginia-run hospital two weeks after it was detected, hospital officials said. Mildred Mitchell-Bateman Hospital in...

New Florida law seeks to protect state from sea level rise

May. 12, 2021 16:18 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida — one of the most vulnerable places in the world to sea level rise — will spend hundreds of millions of dollars over the next few years to protect against coastal flooding under a bill Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed Wednesday. ...

Resort wants to use treated wastewater to supplement snow

May. 12, 2021 14:08 PM EDT

An exclusive Montana resort wants to turn sewage into snow so that its rich and famous members can ski its slopes in a winter season that’s shrinking because of climate change. The Yellowstone Club— a ski and golf resort just north of Yellowstone National Park that...