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US: Endangered fish on upswing in Colorado River basin

Jan. 21, 2020 8:40 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — An endangered fish found in the Colorado River basin is on the upswing, federal officials said Tuesday as they proposed reclassifying the humpback chub as threatened. The fish that gets its name from a fleshy bump behind its head is one of four endangered fish that make their home...

FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019 file photo, rescue workers in a helicopter search a flooded area after a dam collapsed in Brumadinho, Brazil. Prosecutors in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais said Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020 they will present charges against mining giant Vale, its German auditor Tuv Sud and 16 individuals in connection with the dam collapse last January that killed more than 200 people. (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)

Brazil prosecutors charge Vale, individuals in dam disaster

Jan. 21, 2020 5:34 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian prosecutors filed charges Tuesday against mining giant Vale, its German auditor Tuv Sud and 16 individuals alleging intentional homicide and environmental crimes in connection with a mine dam collapse that killed more than 250 people a year ago. Among those charged were...

Corps trims water flowing into lower Missouri River

Jan. 21, 2020 3:55 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The amount of water being released into the Missouri River from Gavins Point Dam will be reduced slightly to protect drinking water supplies even though the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is still working to eliminate water from last year. The Corps said Tuesday it is trimming the amount...

Darkening skies surround the Oktibbeha County Lake near Starkville, Miss., Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. The rain-swollen lake is keeping heavy pressure on a dam that is in danger of failing, state and local officials said Wednesday. A breach would affect an estimated 130 properties and nine highways. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Pressure building on rural north Mississippi dam

Jan. 15, 2020 6:58 PM EST

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Authorities worked to lower the level of a rain-swollen lake in rural north Mississippi on Wednesday, hoping to avoid the failure of a dam amid forecasts of more rain. An inspection of the earthen dam in Oktibbeha County on Tuesday led to warnings that it was in danger of failing...

Indiana dam demolished that was site of 2017 kayaking death

Jan. 11, 2020 9:53 AM EST

SOUTH WHITLEY, Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana dam that was the scene of a deadly 2017 kayaking accident has been demolished, making the region’s Eel River safer for recreation and removing a barrier to migrating fish. A crew that began demolishing the Collamer Dam on Wednesday finished removing the...

In this Nov. 11, 2016, photo provided by the Museum of Hydrobiological Science of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, a Chinese paddlefish specimen made in 1990 is seen on display at the Museum of Hydrobiological Science of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Wuhan, China. The Chinese paddlefish's sharp, protruding snout made it one of the largest freshwater species in the world. Since scientists declared it extinct in a research paper published last week, Chinese internet users media outlets have been paying tribute to the hefty creature. (Museum of Hydrobiological Science of the Chinese Academy of Sciences via AP)

China mourns native paddlefish scientists say is now extinct

Jan. 10, 2020 10:11 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The Chinese paddlefish's sharp, protruding snout made it one of the largest freshwater species in the world. Since scientists declared it extinct in a research paper published last week, Chinese internet users and media outlets have been paying tribute to the hefty creature. “It's...

FILE - In this Friday, May 31, 2019, file aerial image provided by Yell County Sheriff's Department water rushes through the levee along the Arkansas River in Dardanelle, Ark. An Arkansas panel formed after historic flooding last year on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020 called for increased oversight of the state's levees, consolidation of some levee districts and state grants to make improvements.
The Arkansas Levee Task Force presented its final report on the state's system of 92 levees. Gov. Asa Hutchinson formed the panel in 2019 after flooding along the Arkansas River that affected several levees. (Yell County Sheriff's Department via AP, File)

Arkansas panel issues recommendations on state's levees

Jan. 7, 2020 6:43 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas panel formed after historic flooding last year released a report on Tuesday recommending increased oversight of the state's levees, consolidation of some levee districts and state grants to fund improvements. Gov. Asa Hutchinson created the Arkansas Levee Task Force in...

Judge halts unapproved construction at eastern Ohio dam

Jan. 4, 2020 8:30 AM EST

NEW PHILADELPHIA, Ohio (AP) — A judge temporarily halted construction work at a high-hazard Ohio dam this week after state inspectors determined the structure wasn't safe. Common Pleas Judge Edward O’Farrell issued the order Thursday against the owner of the Sleepy Hollow Lake Dam in Tuscarawas...

Missouri River power from upstream dams increases in 2019

Jan. 3, 2020 11:38 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The wet weather that caused so many flooding problems around the Midwest in 2019 had one small silver lining: electric generation from the Missouri River's six upstream dams was up 5.6 percent, federal officials said. It was the first time this century that the river had back-to-back...

In this Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, photo, sightseers plays on a sandbar in the Mekong River in Nakhon Phanom province, northeastern Thailand. Experts say the aquamarine color the Mekong River has recently acquired may beguile tourists but it also indicates a problem caused by upstream dams. The water usually is a yellowish-brown shade due to the sediment it normally carries downstream. But lately it has been running clear, taking on a blue-green hue that is a reflection of the sky. The water levels have also become unusually low, exposing sandbanks in the middle of the river. (AP Photo/Chessadaporn Buasai)

Thai official warns of water shortages due to weather, dams

Dec. 30, 2019 10:13 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand should brace for serious water shortages when the hot season begins in March after a year with unusually little rainfall, one of the country's top water management officials said Monday. Retention of water by dams in upstream areas of the Mekong River also is seen as contributing to...