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President Donald Trump walks over to talk to the media before he boards Air Force One for a trip to Los Angeles to attend a campaign fundraiser, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump delivers on pledge for wealthy California farmers

Feb. 18, 2020 4:39 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hoisting the spoils of victories in California’s hard-fought water wars, President Donald Trump is directing more of the state’s precious water to wealthy farmers and other agriculture interests when he visits their Republican Central Valley stronghold Wednesday. Changes by...

Wisconsin Assembly to vote on bills fighting water pollution

Feb. 18, 2020 2:11 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A bipartisan, $10 million package of more than a dozen bills designed to combat groundwater contamination in Wisconsin is slated for approval in the state Assembly on Tuesday. Democrats generally support the plan, but argue Republicans aren’t doing enough to stop the groundwater...

Alaska official disputes EPA toxic chemical release analysis

Feb. 17, 2020 2:27 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency reported Alaska led the nation in 2018 toxic chemical releases. But a state commissioner contends a large portion should not be categorized as toxic. Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Jason Brune argued that releases...

Group works to protect Michigan's Point Betsie Lighthouse

Feb. 17, 2020 11:52 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Mich. (AP) — An organization responsible for maintaining a historic Michigan lighthouse hopes that improving the site's shoreline protection system will minimize damage from Lake Michigan's high water levels. High water is causing problems for properties all along Michigan's shoreline,...

Wildlife managers seek to diversify amid hunting decline

Feb. 17, 2020 10:21 AM EST

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Crystal Egli grew up in rural Vermont, the daughter of a vegetarian, and, for most of her life, terrified of firearms. She didn’t grow up in a family that hunted and wouldn’t know how to become a hunter even if she had an interest in learning. But when she was hired by...

$800K to be spent from oil settlement fund in Maine

Feb. 17, 2020 7:52 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine and federal environmental officials have signed off on a decision to use an $800,000 environmental settlement to fund restoration projects in Hampden, Charleston, Sedgwick and Brooksville. The projects are located in Kenduskeag Stream, Sucker Brook and the Bagaduce River. The...

Early grant proposals accepted for wetland, stream projects

Feb. 16, 2020 8:48 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services is accepting early proposals for $3.3 million in grants for wetland and stream preservation and restoration projects. The program, known as the ARM Fund, has awarded grant money to 106 projects since 2006 that include preservation...

Michigan zoo plays cupid with snow leopards to produce cubs

Feb. 16, 2020 10:59 AM EST

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — Officials at a Michigan zoo are hoping its male snow leopard hooks up with a female snow leopard he was paired with through a breeding program that aims to give the threatened species a boost. Battle Creek's Binder Park Zoo recently introduced Victoria, a 2-year-old snow leopard...

Public invited to weigh in on Forest Service project

Feb. 16, 2020 10:58 AM EST

MANCHESTER, Vt. (AP) — The public may weigh in on an environmental assessment of a proposed U.S. Forest Service project on 71,000 acres in southern Vermont near the Somerset Reservior. The land is mostly in Dover, Glastenbury, Searsburg, Somerset, Stratton, Wilmington and Woodford with small sections in...

Alabama eligible for nearly $42M in federal water funding

Feb. 16, 2020 10:17 AM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama is in line for nearly $42 million in federal funding to help with projects related to water, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The state is eligible for about $18 million to help with projects like fixing old water infrastructure, fixing stormwater problems...