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Mekong River’s new aquamarine color may be sign of trouble

Dec. 5, 2019 8:01 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — The Mekong River has recently acquired an aquamarine color that may beguile tourists but also indicates a problem caused by upstream dams, experts in Thailand say. The river usually has a yellowish-brown shade due to the sediment it normally carries downstream. But lately it has been running...

Transmission line foes press for full environmental review

Dec. 5, 2019 6:18 PM EST

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Opponents of Central Maine Power's proposed $1 billion transmission project that would bring Canadian hydropower to the New England power grid urged the Army Corps of Engineers on Thursday to perform a full environmental impact statement, one that CMP says would delay a final...

British Columbia will no longer log in key Skagit headwaters

Dec. 5, 2019 11:35 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — British Columbia's government announced Wednesday amid an international dispute that it will no longer allow timber sales in the Skagit River's headwaters. The Seattle Times reports the decision could intensify pressure over Canadian mining company Imperial Metals' pending permit to start...

PAC to argue for bringing Canadian hydropower to New England

Nov. 30, 2019 9:50 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Central Maine Power anticipated smooth sailing for a proposal for bringing Canadian hydropower into New England after the so-called “Northern Pass” stalled in New Hampshire. After all, CMP already owned the entire path along existing utility corridors and through remote...

Idaho utility will dismiss lawsuit against EPA over dams

Nov. 29, 2019 5:10 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho utility will dismiss its lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency because it has now approved allowing warmer water temperatures in an area where federally protected fall chinook salmon reproduce. Idaho Power in documents filed earlier this week in U.S. District...

Activists warn Balkan rivers at risk from hydropower plants

Nov. 28, 2019 12:11 PM EST

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Unspoiled rivers in the Balkans are facing new dangers from small hydropower plants that have sprouted up across the region in recent years, environmental experts warned Thursday. In a declaration issued after a meeting in the Bosnian capital Sarajevo, they urged Balkan...

Arizona tribes oppose plan to dam Colorado River tributary

Nov. 25, 2019 3:35 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Native American tribes, environmentalists, state and federal agencies, river rafters and others say they have significant concerns about proposals to dam a Colorado River tributary in northern Arizona for hydropower. Phoenix-based Pumped Hydro Storage company is seeking preliminary...

AP: At least 1,680 dams across the US pose potential risk

Nov. 11, 2019 1:02 PM EST

The security camera at Lake Dunlap Dam near San Antonio was rolling one day last May as it usually does, helping dam operators monitor for signs of trouble. The day, bright and clear, was unremarkable, the water flowing steadily over the top of the dam as it was supposed to. Suddenly and without warning, a...

Georgia editorial roundup

Nov. 6, 2019 4:05 PM EST

Recent editorials from Georgia newspapers: ___ Nov. 6 The Brunswick News on citizens asking for zoning changes: Overhauling the zoning ordinances in Glynn County is something that has been needed for a while to fix issues such as redundancies, complicated and outdated language, and other problems that have on...

Coal plant on tribal land to close after powering US West

Nov. 3, 2019 3:21 AM EST

ALONG THE BLACK MESA AND LAKE POWELL RAILROAD, Ariz. (AP) — Ron Little nestles into a familiar seat aboard a train locomotive and slides the window open, leaning out to get a better view of dozens of rail cars that stretch for a mile behind and the landscape he knows so well. The heavy steel wheels roll...