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FILE - This Nov. 1, 2016, file photo, provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows Debra Hill weighing a New Mexico meadow jumping mouse, which was trapped during survey efforts on the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, N.M. Environmentalists say U.S. land managers are failing to keep livestock and wild horses out of streams and other wetlands in Arizona's White Mountains, resulting in damage to habitat that a rare species of mouse depends on. They are suing in federal court. The battle over the New Mexico meadow jumping mouse has been ongoing for years. The mouse was listed as an endangered species in 2014. (Stacey Stanford/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via AP, File)

Groups want cows corralled to protect jumping mouse habitat

Feb. 21, 2020 12:59 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists have accused U.S. land managers of failing to keep livestock and wild horses out of streams and other wetlands in Arizona's White Mountains, resulting in damage to habitat required by a rare mouse species found only in the Southwest. The lawsuit filed Thursday in...

Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

Feb. 19, 2020 2:01 PM EST

Recent editorials from Louisiana newspapers: ___ Feb. 18 The Advocate on parishes raising taxes to help increase teachers' pay: When Gov. John Bel Edwards drew fire for his failure to fund a new teacher pay raise in the proposed new state budget, his political opponents were quick to cry treachery. After all,...

Editorial Roundup: North Carolina

Feb. 19, 2020 12:33 PM EST

Recent editorials from North Carolina newspapers: ___ Feb. 17 The Fayetteville Observer on a local “true crime" case: What makes a murder case catch national attention? Reasons can vary. But one thing that captivates the public is when the crime contains unbelievable violence, and the person accused seems...

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...

Wildlife sanctuary is planning $8 million renovation

Feb. 15, 2020 3:01 AM EST

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A nonprofit Jacksonville wildlife sanctuary is planning an estimated $8 million renovation project to enhance the 225-acre refuge for rescued big cats and other animals. Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary, 1860 Starratt Road, is improving its animal enclosures by building more...

Alaska mine project submits wetlands impact reduction plan

Feb. 6, 2020 10:32 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Pebble Partnership has submitted a draft plan for reducing the open-pit mine project's impact on wetlands and salmon-bearing streams in Alaska’s Bristol Bay region. The mitigation plan includes cleaning beach debris, improving fish passage in compromised waters and...

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,...

Environmental groups challenge plastics complex permit

Jan. 15, 2020 5:32 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Conservation and community groups sued the Trump administration Wednesday, challenging environmental permits for a Taiwan company's planned $9.4 billion plastics complex in Louisiana. The lawsuit filed in federal court in Washington accuses the Army Corps of Engineers of failing to...

Northeastern Indiana nature preserve gets 40-acre addition

Jan. 5, 2020 4:19 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A swampy nature preserve in northeastern Indiana is growing by 40 acres (16.18 hectares) thanks to a financial gift from an anonymous donor. The Little River Wetlands Project announced recently that it had purchased the mostly undeveloped property from Republic Services, a recycling...