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Drought haves, have-nots test how to share water in the West

Sep. 16, 2021 10:04 AM EDT

MADRAS, Ore. (AP) — Phil Fine stands in a parched field and watches a harvester gnaw through his carrot seed crop, spitting clouds of dust in its wake. Cracked dirt lines empty irrigation canals, and dust devils and tumbleweeds punctuate a landscape in shades of brown. ...

Henderson launches saturation patrols to reduce water waste

Sep. 15, 2021 11:20 AM EDT

HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — You can call it a saturation effort: The city of Henderson and Las Vegas Valley Water District say they're joining forces for enforcement patrols to identify water wasters in suburban southern Nevada. On Wednesday and Thursday, Henderson...

Fukushima plant failed to probe cause of faulty filters

Sep. 14, 2021 10:11 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Officials at Japan's wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant have acknowledged they neglected to investigate the cause of faulty exhaust filters that are key to preventing radioactive pollution, after being forced to replace them twice. Representatives of the...

Drought drying Carson River hits Nevada pastures, ranchers

Sep. 12, 2021 11:53 AM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Sixth-generation rancher Devere Dressler remembers seeing the Carson River teeming with fish as it flowed out of the eastern Sierra Nevada range, where the peaks were always capped with snow. Now, as the impacts of severe drought are felt across the...

Outdoor classroom bringing ecology to public in Louisiana

Sep. 12, 2021 00:11 AM EDT

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Like the deep roots of the native plants studied there, much of the value of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Ecology Center lies hidden deep below the surface. Switchgrass roots, native to the Cajun prairie, have been...

Quality of Mississippi prison water at center of dispute

Sep. 10, 2021 18:27 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Longstanding problems with water and sewer systems are endangering inmates' health at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman, two groups said Friday. Southern Poverty Law Center and the Natural Resources Defense Council said state agencies...

FEMA denies disaster declaration for Nicholas County

Sep. 08, 2021 15:28 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear's request for a major disaster declaration for Nicholas County, which was impacted by severe flash flooding in late July. Beshear said Tuesday that he will appeal the...

Biochar ambassadors hope to save fire-ravaged Methow

Sep. 07, 2021 17:06 PM EDT

In mid-summer, fires were burning on both sides of the Methow River. Air quality was bad enough to make national news. In better times, Central Washington’s Methow Valley is a destination for world-class climbing, hiking and skiing. It’s remote. It’s beautiful. But like much of the...

Algae bloom reaches danger level at California reservoir

Sep. 07, 2021 16:57 PM EDT

LOS BANOS, Calif. (AP) — A bloom of toxic blue-green algae in a Central California reservoir has reached the danger level, the state Department of Water Resource said Tuesday. Lab results from this week’s tests showed an increase in toxin levels at San Luis Reservoir...

Rains from Fred force shutdown of Asheville water source

Sep. 03, 2021 17:44 PM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Rainfall from the remnants of Tropical Depression Fred last month forced a North Carolina city to shut down a reservoir and a water treatment plant because of what an official calls “poor water conditions.” The rains swelled streams that feed...