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FILE - In this May 4, 2019, file photo, two kayakers float the Rio Grande through Corrales, New Mexico. New Mexico officials said Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, the Trump administration's move to end federal protections for many of the nation's millions of miles of streams, arroyos and wetlands will be

New Mexico officials call US water rollbacks 'disastrous'

Jan. 23, 2020 5:42 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico officials on Thursday said the Trump administration's move to end federal protections for many of the nation's streams, arroyos and wetlands will be “disastrous” for the Southwest state. Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who has been a constant...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, file photo, an egret looks for food along Valhalla Pond in Riverview, Fla. The Trump administration was expected to announce completion as soon as Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, of one of its most momentous environmental rollbacks, removing federal protections for millions of miles of the country’s streams, arroyos and wetlands. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

Trump rollback could leave waterways vulnerable to pollution

Jan. 23, 2020 4:54 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday ended federal protection for many of the nation's millions of miles of streams, arroyos and wetlands, a sweeping environmental rollback that could leave the waterways more vulnerable to pollution from development, industry and farms. The policy change,...

FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019 file photo, rescue workers in a helicopter search a flooded area after a dam collapsed in Brumadinho, Brazil. Prosecutors in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais said Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020 they will present charges against mining giant Vale, its German auditor Tuv Sud and 16 individuals in connection with the dam collapse last January that killed more than 200 people. (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)

Brazil prosecutors charge Vale, individuals in dam disaster

Jan. 21, 2020 5:34 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian prosecutors filed charges Tuesday against mining giant Vale, its German auditor Tuv Sud and 16 individuals alleging intentional homicide and environmental crimes in connection with a mine dam collapse that killed more than 250 people a year ago. Among those charged were...

Rebuilding a bridge over Danbury’s once troubled waters

Jan. 21, 2020 7:30 AM EST

DANBURY, Conn. (AP) — When contractors rip open a section of Kennedy Avenue later this year to repair a 56-year-old bridge, they will also expose a section of the Still River with a conflicted city history. The $3 million Kennedy Avenue bridge repair project will uncover a stretch of the Still River that...

Army Corps studying weather network to help control flooding

Jan. 20, 2020 11:53 AM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers is studying the possible construction of an $11.1 million network of weather stations to improve flood control across the Upper Missouri River Basin, officials said. Stations are being upgraded for proof of concept in Bozeman at Montana State University...

Illinois approves coal company's mine water pumping proposal

Jan. 19, 2020 9:24 AM EST

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Department of Natural Resources approved the first of three permits for a coal company's plan to discharge waste water from a mine into the Big Muddy River. If approved by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, Williamson Energy LLC's Pond Creek Mine pipeline...

In this Dec. 11, 2019 photo, Henry Red Cloud points to his property where flooding rose as high as 3-feet in March on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. He fears what winter storms will do after flooding damaged their home last spring. They ran workshops on solar panel and wind turbine installation, but had to halt the classes when flooding damaged their tools and property. (AP Photo/Stephen Groves)

Reservations brace for winter storms amid slow recovery

Jan. 18, 2020 11:05 AM EST

PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) — Snow blanketed the living room of Erna Shepard’s home the morning after a storm on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. “I’m going to freeze,” she said. It’s been 10 months since the “bomb cyclone” that dumped the snow and rain that...

Coal, balancing environmental and financial impacts

Jan. 18, 2020 3:06 AM EST

SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) — Len Lichvar doesn’t like to see the Stonycreek River running red. That’s an indicator that iron, or another metal, is leaching into the waterway. He has been working and volunteering to clean area rivers and streams for about three decades with the state Fish & Boat...

Ice jams, inflexible regulation causing flooding in Montana

Jan. 17, 2020 5:48 PM EST

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — An ice jam that has caused flooding along a creek in central Montana has nearly submerged a town park and is rising into residents' basements and crawl spaces, leading the City of Choteau to declare a state of emergency on Friday. The ice jam came after subzero temperatures and...

This undated photo provided by the National Park Service shows an area known as Sulphur Springs within the Valles Caldera National Preserve near Jemez Springs, N.M. Sometimes referred to as the

National preserve in New Mexico expands land holdings

Jan. 17, 2020 12:21 PM EST

JEMEZ SPRINGS, N.M. (AP) — A national preserve in northern New Mexico that is sometimes referred to as the “Yellowstone of the Southwest” has added another piece of property to its land holdings that contains sulfuric acid hot springs, volcanic fumaroles and steaming mud pots. The National...