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Tucson may forego some water to help keep Lake Mead level up

May. 21, 2022 15:50 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona's second most populous city has signaled it may forego part of its allotment of Colorado River water delivered by the Central Arizona Project aqueduct in order to help forestall a shortage declaration for Lake Mead that would trigger mandatory reductions. ...

EPA, NJ announce $588M in water infrastructure spending

May. 20, 2022 16:48 PM EDT

MOORESTOWN, N.J. (AP) — More than half a billion dollars in federal and state funds will go to nearly 30 water systems in New Jersey, serving about 6 million residents, or about two-thirds of the state's population, officials said Friday. The combined federal and state funding of...

Jackson’s sewers dumped 44.7 million gallons of waste

May. 11, 2022 17:14 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Nearly 45 million gallons of untreated wastewater was released over a four-month period into the environment due to sewer failures in Mississippi's capital, according to the latest quarterly report the city submitted to federal regulators. The report, required...

In drought-ravaged California, water use is up dramatically

May. 10, 2022 20:19 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's water use jumped dramatically in March, state officials said Tuesday, as one of the driest stretches on record prompted a wave of homeowners to start watering their lawns earlier than usual in defiance of Gov. Gavin Newsom's pleas for conservation amid a...

Grants awarded for parks in Memphis, Munford, Ripley

May. 10, 2022 04:13 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The West Tennessee cities of Memphis, Munford and Ripley are each receiving grants of $500,000 for parks and recreation projects, the state Department of Environment and Conservation said. The grants are part of more than $6.3 million given to Tennessee...

US to hold back Lake Powell water to protect hydropower

May. 03, 2022 19:01 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — U.S. officials announced what they called extraordinary steps on Tuesday to keep hundreds of billions of gallons of water stored in a reservoir on the Utah-Arizona line to prevent it from shrinking more amid prolonged drought and climate change. The U.S....

Vegas water intake now visible at drought-stricken Lake Mead

Apr. 30, 2022 15:58 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A massive drought-starved reservoir on the Colorado River has become so depleted that Las Vegas now is pumping water from deeper within Lake Mead where other states downstream don't have access. The Southern Nevada Water Authority announced this week that its Low...

West Virginia seeks public comment on water assessments

Apr. 29, 2022 04:01 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection is seeking public comment on its draft water monitoring and assessment report. The report includes a list of impaired stream and lake assessments. An impaired water is a body that fails to meet state...

Millions must cut water use in drought-stricken California

Apr. 26, 2022 22:42 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California's gigantic water supplier took the unprecedented step Tuesday of requiring about 6 million people to cut their outdoor watering to one day a week as drought continues to plague the state. The board of the Metropolitan Water District of...

Report urges California panel to deny desalination plant

Apr. 25, 2022 20:54 PM EDT

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A report issued Monday urges a California coastal panel to deny a proposal to build a $1.4 billion desalination plant that would draw on the ocean to expand water sources in Southern California. Staff for the California Coastal Commission recommended...