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Underwater tire reef experiment in Guam to be cleaned up

Jan. 18, 2020 5:44 PM EST

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Scientists in Guam are trying to determine how to remove a man-made underwater mountain built out of vehicle tires 50 years ago. Guam Environmental Protection Agency scientists hoped the tire reef would improve marine conditions in Cocos Lagoon and increase fish stocks, but has instead...

New Maine forest preserve protects recreation, water source

Jan. 17, 2020 1:10 AM EST

SEBAGO, Maine (AP) — Conservation groups in Maine have announced the permanent protection of 1,400 acres in the southern part of the state, which will be home to a new community forest. The new preserve is called Tiger Hill Community Forest, and it is located in Sebago. The Trust for Public Land announced...

EPA petition asks for action on tainted drinking water

Jan. 16, 2020 12:36 PM EST

Eight state and national health and environment groups are asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to take emergency action because they say Oregon regulators have failed to curb nitrate contamination in drinking water sources near large dairies and feedlots. The groups filed a Safe Drinking Water Act...

Iowa governor calls for sales tax increase, other tax cuts

Jan. 14, 2020 3:01 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov Kim Reynolds asked lawmakers on Tuesday to consider increasing the state sales taxes by 1 cent to raise money to boost funding for water quality, the environment and mental health care programs. A 1-cent sales tax increase is expected to generate about $540 million in new...

Aquifer storage well marks first for New Mexico utility

Jan. 14, 2020 12:11 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's largest water utility has started operating its first aquifer storage well, and officials say more direct injection wells are planned within the utility's service area through Albuquerque and Bernalillo County. Testing of the new system began Monday. The well will...

State officials close Chinook salmon harvest in Oregon river

Jan. 12, 2020 5:50 PM EST

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has closed the harvest of wild spring Chinook salmon in the Umpqua River. The agency prohibited the harvest on the mainstem Umpqua River from Feb. 1 to June 30, The News-Review reported. The primary reason is a low fish count over the past...

State Rep. Todd Novak, center, gathers members of a bi-partisan water pollution task force in the state Capitol in Madison, Wis., Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, to announce recommendations for curbing contamination from manure and fertilizer. The group released its recommendations to reduce contamination after a year's worth of work, releasing 13 bills Wednesday that call for creating a new water policy office, increasing state funding for county conservation workers and increasing grants for well reconstruction or replacements. (AP Photo/Todd Richmond)

Lawmaker task force urges $10M for clean water initiatives

Jan. 8, 2020 4:56 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A bipartisan water pollution task force proposed more than a dozen bills Wednesday designed to curb contamination across Wisconsin, capping a year's worth of research and discussion. Groundwater pollution has been a growing problem in Wisconsin over the last 20 years, creating a rift...

In this Oct. 29, 2019 photo, University of New Hampshire scientists monitor the health of seagrass in the Great Bay in Durham, N.H. On Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, federal officials announced a plan to reduce pollution in Great Bay, which calls for a dozen communities ringing the bay to reduce the amounts of nitrogen going into one of the largest estuaries in the Northeast. (AP Photo/Michael Casey)

Officials unveil plan to clean up Northeast's Great Bay

Jan. 7, 2020 5:49 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Federal officials announced a plan Tuesday to reduce pollution in one of the largest estuaries in the Northeast. In the draft Clean Water Permit for the Great Bay in New Hampshire, the Environmental Protection Agency calls for a dozen communities that ring the bay to reduce the...

Divers to remove fuel from derailed train in Idaho river

Jan. 7, 2020 11:17 AM EST

BONNERS FERRY, Idaho (AP) — Idaho authorities have confirmed two engines are still in a northern Idaho river after a rock slide derailed a train on New Year's Day. A crew of divers began the process of removing about 1,900 gallons (7,200 liters) of fuel from a submerged locomotive Monday, The...

FILE - This Sept. 9, 2011 file photo shows the dramatic bend in the Colorado River at a the popular Horseshoe Bend in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in Page, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Advocate: Colorado River Basin states need to cut water use

Jan. 5, 2020 3:00 PM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A longtime water conservation advocate says Arizona and the other Lower Colorado River Basin states need to cut their water use more and faster. Sustainable Waters president Brian Richter says Arizona, California, and Nevada need to slash total water use by 18% from their 2000-2018...