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FILE - In this May 4, 2019, file photo, two kayakers float the Rio Grande through Corrales, New Mexico. New Mexico officials said Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, the Trump administration's move to end federal protections for many of the nation's millions of miles of streams, arroyos and wetlands will be

New Mexico officials call US water rollbacks 'disastrous'

Jan. 23, 2020 5:42 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico officials on Thursday said the Trump administration's move to end federal protections for many of the nation's streams, arroyos and wetlands will be “disastrous” for the Southwest state. Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who has been a constant...

Rule change for state fund for land preservation groups

Jan. 23, 2020 4:57 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A change in Vermont's clean water fund will save money and improve the ability to acquire property, according to nonprofit land preservation groups. Nonprofits, such as the Vermont Land Trust and the Trust of Public Land, will be able to apply to the Clean Water State Revolving Fund...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, file photo, an egret looks for food along Valhalla Pond in Riverview, Fla. The Trump administration was expected to announce completion as soon as Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, of one of its most momentous environmental rollbacks, removing federal protections for millions of miles of the country’s streams, arroyos and wetlands. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

Trump rollback could leave waterways vulnerable to pollution

Jan. 23, 2020 4:54 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday ended federal protection for many of the nation's millions of miles of streams, arroyos and wetlands, a sweeping environmental rollback that could leave the waterways more vulnerable to pollution from development, industry and farms. The policy change,...

Jackson Hole parcel added to Grand Teton National Park

Jan. 23, 2020 1:10 PM EST

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — A small piece of land in western Wyoming has become part of Grand Teton National Park. The National Park Service acquired the 35-acre (14-hectare) parcel in the southern part of the park earlier this month. The Conservation Fund took part in acquiring the land from a private owner with...

Nebraska revokes permits for troubled biogas plant

Jan. 23, 2020 9:45 AM EST

SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb. (AP) — State regulators have revoked air and stormwater permits originally granted to a northeast Nebraska biogas plant that's been plagued with problems and odor complaints. An official who presided over the state Environment and Energy Department case said Big Ox Energy had...

City, 2 businesses reach clean water settlements with EPA

Jan. 22, 2020 4:31 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The city of Delta Junction and two businesses will pay penalties for operating injection wells that could have leached contaminants into drinking water, the Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday. Class V injection wells provide for the injection of fluids into the...

South Dakota board approves Keystone XL water permits

Jan. 21, 2020 5:52 PM EST

FORT PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Water Management Board on Tuesday approved five water permit applications for Keystone XL pipeline construction. The hearing was so contentious that it stretched into a dozen days over the course of four months as American Indian tribes and environmental groups...

Delaware lawmakers eye trust fund for clean water projects

Jan. 21, 2020 4:43 PM EST

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware lawmakers are proposing to establish a state trust fund to coordinate and manage financial resources for clean water initiatives. Democratic Gov. John Carney signaled his support for the initiative Tuesday by announcing that he would propose $50 million in next year's capital...

US Indian bureau violates Crow Agency water repairs order

Jan. 21, 2020 3:10 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Federal environmental regulators say the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs violated an order to repair a public water supply system serving about 1,300 people on the Crow Indian Reservation in southeastern Montana. Environmental Protection Agency officials said in a letter obtained by...

Idaho Senate OKs emergency water rights to clean up spills

Jan. 20, 2020 2:58 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation granting an emergency water right when crews are trying to clean up spills in Idaho waterways headed to lawmakers in the House on Monday. The Senate voted 35-0 to approve the legislation that the state Department of Environmental Quality said is needed to prevent someone...