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A Hindu pilgrim takes a holy dip on Makar Sankranti festival on Sagar Island, an island in the Ganges delta, in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. For more than 1,700 miles, stretching from the Gangotri Glacier in the Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal, the Ganges flows across the plains like a timeline of India's past, nourishing an extraordinary wealth of life. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

Ganges River flows with history and prophecy for India

Aug. 11, 2020 8:24 PM EDT

ALONG THE GANGES, India (AP) — More than 2,000 years ago, a powerful king built a fort on the banks of India’s holiest river, on the fringes of what is now a vast industrial city. Today, little of the ancient construction remains, except for mounds of rubble that tannery workers pick through for...

Meetings canceled as New Mexico agency stretches resources

Aug. 11, 2020 6:56 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A panel that oversees water quality and permitting issues across New Mexico was forced to cancel its scheduled meeting Tuesday, marking the second time in as many months that the state Environment Department finds itself without the staff needed to organize meetings for the boards...

Two firms picked to host Lake Mead dives to WWII plane

Aug. 11, 2020 12:53 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The National Park Service has selected two companies to provide the guided dives to the World War II plane that is submerged in Lake Mead. Las Vegas Scuba and Scuba Training and Technology will be the only companies allowed to host divers who want to see the plane. The B-29 Superfortress...

North Carolina AG to probe sources of 'forever chemicals'

Aug. 11, 2020 8:41 AM EDT

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's Attorney General will have his office investigate the sources behind so-called “forever chemicals” that have contaminated drinking water in the southeastern part of the state. The Fayetteville Observer reports that AG Josh Stein made the...

New Mexico close to adopting oil and gas water rules

Aug. 11, 2020 12:05 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators are close to adopting a set of rules focused on wastewater produced during oil and gas operations. The Oil Conservation Commission is expected during its meeting in early September to vote on the final language after hashing out a draft during a virtual public...

Regulators find shad, an important fish, are 'depleted'

Aug. 10, 2020 12:57 PM EDT

Overfishing, dams and pollution are among the factors that have steeply reduced the population of an ecologically important fish on the East Coast, regulators have said. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission recently completed an assessment of the population of American shad and found it to be...

This photo taken and provided by Sophie Seneque, shows oil in Riviere des Creoles, Mauritius, Sunday Aug. 9, 2020, after it leaked from the MV Wakashio, a bulk carrier ship that recently ran aground off the southeast coast of Mauritius. Thousands of students, environmental activists and residents of Mauritius are working around the clock to reduce the damage done to the Indian Ocean island from an oil spill after a ship ran aground on a coral reef. Shipping officials said an estimated 1 ton of oil from the Japanese ship’s cargo of 4 tons has escaped into the sea. Workers were trying to stop more oil from leaking, but with high winds and rough seas on Sunday there were reports of new cracks in the ship's hull. (Sophie Seneque via AP)

Race in Mauritius to empty oil tanker before it breaks up

Aug. 10, 2020 11:12 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Urgent efforts increased in Mauritius on Monday to empty a stranded Japanese ship of an estimated 2,500 tons of oil before the vessel breaks up and increases the contamination of the island's once-pristine Indian Ocean coastline. Already more than 1,000 tons of fuel has washed up on the...

This photo provided by the French Defense Ministry shows oil leaking from the MV Wakashio, a bulk carrier ship that recently ran aground off the southeast coast of Mauritius,, Sunday Aug.9, 2020. The Indian Ocean island of Mauritius has declared a

Mauritius races to contain oil spill, protect coastline

Aug. 9, 2020 1:31 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Thousands of students, environmental activists and residents of Mauritius were working around the clock Sunday, trying to reduce the damage to the Indian Ocean island from an oil spill after a ship ran aground on a coral reef. An estimated 1 ton of oil from the Japanese ship's cargo of...

Crowds, illegal gear threaten Oregon's pristine Crate Lake

Aug. 9, 2020 1:12 PM EDT

BEND, Ore. (AP) — The clean, clear waters of Crater Lake National Park are being threatened by contamination brought in by visitors after the coronavirus pandemic spurred sharp cutbacks in park staffing. Crater Lake Superintendent Craig Ackerman said he's concerned visitors are ignoring signs prohibiting...

Navajo 'water warrior' drives miles on pandemic aid mission

Aug. 9, 2020 11:00 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — When the sun is up, he’s up and ready to hit the road by 8. Flatbed trucks are loaded with brimming barrels of water, and the teams take off – up and down the burnt orange washboard roads that crisscross the Navajo Nation. Zoel Zohnnie grew up on a ranch in these vast lands,...