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Dry then wet: Everglades birds are in for weak season

May. 30, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Before a surveillance flight to count wading birds around water conservation areas south of Palm Beach, ecologist Mark Cook was hoping to see signs that recent rains in South Florida had replenished the parched marshes, helping to revive shallow pools packed with fish the birds rely...

Northern Maine water district slated for $4M in improvements

May. 28, 2020 1:30 AM EDT

FORT FAIRFIELD, Maine (AP) — The federal government is providing more than $4 million to a utilities district in far northern Maine to make improvements. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said it's providing $4.3 million to the Fort Fairfield Utilities District, which serves an area that abuts New...

Maui watershed purchase could be delayed due to virus cuts

May. 25, 2020 11:16 AM EDT

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — A county government's acquisition of a private water delivery system for Maui’s drinking water may be delayed because of budget cuts resulting from the coronavirus outbreak. Maui County Water Director Jeff Pearson said his department had allocated $2.5 million to evaluate the...

In this April 27, 2020, photo, Charlie Whitehouse loads hay into the back of a pickup truck in Oljato-Monument Valley, Utah, on the Navajo reservation. Even before the pandemic, people living in rural communities and on reservations were among the toughest groups to count in the 2020 census. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Parts of Navajo water pipeline near completion amid virus

May. 23, 2020 11:01 AM EDT

CROWNPOINT, N.M. (AP) — Growing up without running water or electricity in rural New Mexico on the Eastern Agency of the Navajo Nation in the 1950s, Daniel Tso contracted tuberculosis at the age of 5 and had to spend the next five years of his childhood in a TB sanatorium in Albuquerque. Tso, who is...

Florida river dying for freshwater, needs emergency help

May. 18, 2020 4:10 AM EDT

TEQUESTA, Fla. (AP) — Water officials in South Florida say the region's only nationally-recognized wild and scenic river is being poisoned by a lack of fresh water as dry conditions allow the ocean to sour the unique ecosystem. The Palm Beach Post reported that Albrey Arrington, executive director of the...

St. Clair, Minn., Public Works employees Thad Baker and Deb McCollum rinse a tank at the city's water treatment plant on April 24, 2020. The two make up the small city's water department, sewer department, streets department and parks department. (Pat Christman/The Free Press via AP)

In small towns, COVID-19 plan means keeping staff healthy

May. 11, 2020 1:16 PM EDT

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Larger cities have lengthy written plans to ensure they can continue to provide water, sewer and other vital municipal services even in a pandemic. Mankato’s plan, for instance, is 34 pages long. Lake Crystal’s is 542 words. In St. Clair, the continuity of operations...

Editorial Roundup:

May. 11, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

Omaha World-Herald. May 10, 2020. Nebraska must strengthen water quality efforts to protect rural residents Calls to help Nebraska’s rural residents often focus on property tax relief, but there’s another burden that also deserves attention: safeguarding the quality of water supplies. Fertilizer...

Site work begins for Everglades water treatment project

Apr. 30, 2020 5:57 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Site work has started on a project meant to purify water in the Florida Everglades, state officials announced Thursday. The Everglades Agricultural Area Reservoir Project recently received the required federal permit, according to a news release from Gov. Ron DeSantis. The South...

Deputies: Man made bomb threat to avoid work

Apr. 25, 2020 10:01 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, Fla. (AP) — A Florida construction worker called in a bomb threat to a water treatment facility to get a day off work, authorities said. Richard Hamilton, 36, was arrested Thursday and charged with making a bomb threat, the Palm Beach Post reported. More than 20 people evacuated Wellington's...

FILE - In this June 22, 2018, file photo, construction crews are boring beneath U.S. 221 in Roanoke County, Va., to make a tunnel through which the Mountain Valley Pipeline will pass under the highway. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has suspended a nationwide program used to approve oil and gas pipelines, power lines and other utility work, spurred by a court ruling that industry representatives warn could slow or halt numerous projects over environmental concerns. (Heather Rousseau/The Roanoke Times via AP, File)

US delays oil pipeline approvals after environmental ruling

Apr. 23, 2020 7:16 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has suspended a nationwide program used to approve oil and gas pipelines, power lines and other utility work, spurred by a court ruling that industry representatives warn could slow or halt numerous infrastructure projects over environmental concerns...