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More than $1.2M in grants to go to river watershed projects

Aug. 8, 2020 2:01 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — More than $1.2 million in grants is going to 11 projects to improve water quality, habitat, biodiversity and flood resilience across the Upper Connecticut River watershed. The grants were announced from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. The money comes from a fund the...

Vegetation thrives where a boat ramp once did at the Sanford Lake Marina, while erosion could threaten homes on the opposite shore of what was once Sanford Lake, July 30, 2020, near Sanford, Mich. Nature is returning to the dry beds of a string of mid-Michigan lakes that drained in May after two dams failed during torrential rains. (AP Photo/ Jeff McMillan)

Plants cropping up in lost Michigan lakes where dams failed

Aug. 8, 2020 12:11 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Nature is returning to craters left from lakes drained by two dams that failed in May during torrential rain in mid-Michigan. But not always in a good way. “Shortly after the water receded, you could look out over the exposed bottom lands of the lake and it was like looking at...

Construction begins on dam broken in historic 2015 floods

Aug. 8, 2020 11:09 AM EDT

LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Construction has begun to repair a historic dam nearly five years after it broke during the once-in-a-lifetime floods that swept through South Carolina in 2015. Lexington's Old Mill Pond has stood empty since the flooding broke the pond's earthen dam and disrupted nearby businesses....

Midland-area dam operators file for bankruptcy protection

Aug. 4, 2020 7:01 PM EDT

BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) — Two companies that own or operate dams that failed in the Midland area have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, which would allow them to reorganize their finances. Boyce Hydro and Boyce Hydro Power owe at least $6.1 million for a series of loans through Chicago-based Byline...

Washington fish trap opens October, will be largest in U.S.

Aug. 3, 2020 2:03 PM EDT

WHITE RIVER, Wash. (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers will complete a fish trapping facility 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Seattle in October that will be the largest in North America. The White River Fish Passage Facility will be able to handle an estimated one million salmon per year. The $131...

This satellite image shows the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile river in the Benishangul-Gumuz region of Ethiopia on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. Ethiopia's prime minister on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 hailed the first filling of the massive dam that has led to tensions with Egypt, saying two turbines will begin generating power next year. (Maxar Technologies via AP)

Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia return to talks over disputed dam

Aug. 3, 2020 11:39 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Three key Nile basin countries on Monday resumed their negotiations to resolve a years-long dispute over the operation and filling of a giant hydroelectric dam that Ethiopia is building on the Blue Nile, officials said. The talks came a day after tens of thousands of Ethiopians flooded the...

Historical society raises funds for flood-damaged museums

Aug. 3, 2020 7:15 AM EDT

MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) — The Historical Society of Michigan is expected to present donations to two Midland County organizations damaged by flooding due to dam failures along the Tittabawassee River. Checks of just over $5,000 will be presented Thursday to the Midland County Historical Society and the Sanford...

State to hire 3rd inspector for dam safety program

Aug. 2, 2020 9:15 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A third inspector is expected to be hired for Michigan’s Dam Safety Program. The hiring of a senior environmental engineer will improve the safety of state-regulated dams, according to Michigan’s Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE). The inspector...

In this May 15, 2019, file photo, the Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River is seen from the air near Colfax, Washington. The federal government said Friday, July 31, 2020, four giant dams on the Snake River in Washington state will not be removed to help endangered salmon migrate to the ocean. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

US: Snake River dams will not be removed to save salmon

Jul. 31, 2020 3:18 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. government announced Friday that four huge dams on the Snake River in Washington state will not be removed to help endangered salmon migrate to the ocean. The decision thwarts the desires of environmental groups that fought for two decades to breach the structures. The Final...

FILE - This March 3, 2020, file photo shows the Iron Gate Dam, powerhouse and spillway are on the lower Klamath River near Hornbrook, Calif. California Gov. Gavin Newsom has appealed directly to investor Warren Buffet to support demolishing four hydroelectric dams on a river along the Oregon-California border to save salmon populations that have dwindled to almost nothing. Newsom on Wednesday, July 28, 2020, wrote Buffet, urging him to back the Klamath River project, which would be the largest dam removal in U.S. history. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus, File)

California governor asks Warren Buffett to back dam removal

Jul. 30, 2020 11:48 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom has appealed directly to investor Warren Buffett to support demolishing four hydroelectric dams on a river along the Oregon-California border to save salmon populations that have dwindled to almost nothing. Newsom on Wednesday sent a letter to Buffett urging him to back...