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Michigan Senate approves $3.3B water infrastructure bill

Dec. 03, 2021 22:27 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Senate on Thursday unanimously approved $3.3 billion in water infrastructure spending to replace lead pipes and repair aging dams around the state while also sending money to a Detroit-area system that has struggled with flooding blamed on climate change....

Montana river level rising after gate on dam repaired

Dec. 02, 2021 12:56 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Workers have repaired a failed gate that releases water from a southern Montana dam, restoring water flow to a river known for its high-quality trout fishing, said dam operator NorthWestern Energy. The gate that lets water out of Hebgen Dam just...

Fish stranded from dam malfunction on Montana river

Dec. 01, 2021 20:01 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife workers and volunteers scrambled Wednesday to save thousands of fish stranded by an abrupt drop in water levels along a Montana river that's renowned among anglers for its high-quality trout fishing. A gate that lets water out of Hebgen...

Review coming of effects of Maine dams on rare salmon

Nov. 24, 2021 15:06 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Federal regulators will perform an environmental review of the effects of four Maine dams on endangered salmon in a win for conservationists in the state. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission announced the review on Tuesday, the Portland Press...

Infrastructure bill unleashes funding to address risky dams

Nov. 16, 2021 15:09 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — States will soon be flooded with federal money to address a pent-up need to repair, improve or remove thousands of aging dams across the U.S., including some that could inundate towns or neighborhoods if they fail. The roughly $3 billion for...

Paddle a string of islands in the lower Susquehanna River

Nov. 06, 2021 09:18 AM EDT

WRIGHTSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Summer was fading into autumn as I glided into a labyrinth of wooded and grassy islands and exposed necks of mud — the Conejohela Flats in the lower Susquehanna River. There may be no other place on the Susquehanna that surrounds you by so...

US agency decides against flooding Grand Canyon amid drought

Nov. 02, 2021 19:45 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation decided not to send water rushing through the Grand Canyon this month to rebuild beaches for campers and sandbars for fish because of persistent drought, officials said. An abundance of sand in the Colorado River system...

Last hurdle cleared from river herrings' route to China Lake

Nov. 01, 2021 18:58 PM EDT

CHINA LAKE, Maine (AP) — A sixth and final man-made obstacle has been removed from a central Maine waterway, clearing the way for a type of small fish to return to spring breeding grounds that were blocked for decades by dams. Alewives are a type of river herring that's...

Judge orders stay in case seeking to remove Snake River dams

Oct. 26, 2021 18:12 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday granted a stay in litigation seeking to save endangered salmon runs on the Columbia and Snake rivers. U.S. District Judge Michael Simon in Portland, Oregon, granted a request by both sides in the lawsuit seeking the stay...

Beavers wreaking havoc on New York town's water supply

Oct. 24, 2021 14:35 PM EDT

MECHANICVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — A furry, four-legged scourge is wreaking havoc on a Hudson Valley town's water supply, forcing local officials to scramble to keep up. The culprits are a family of beavers that has been building dams near Mechanicville, impeding the flow of...