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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...

Mark Edwards, of Boone, Iowa, attends a rally wearing a pig head mask at the Iowa Capitol in Des Moines, Iowa, Thursday Jan. 23, 2020. Environmental groups and community activists called on lawmakers to consider a bill that would halt the growth of hog farms in Iowa. (AP Photo/David Pitt)

Environmental groups seek hog farm permit freeze at rally

Jan. 23, 2020 5:02 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Environmental groups and community activists rallied Thursday at the Iowa Capitol to push lawmakers to consider halting the growth of hog farms in the state. Activists at the rally called on lawmakers to consider a House bill introduced last year that would impose a moratorium on...

Rule change for state fund for land preservation groups

Jan. 23, 2020 4:57 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A change in Vermont's clean water fund will save money and improve the ability to acquire property, according to nonprofit land preservation groups. Nonprofits, such as the Vermont Land Trust and the Trust of Public Land, will be able to apply to the Clean Water State Revolving Fund...

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,...

Officials welcome return of wolves to northwest Colorado

Jan. 23, 2020 2:37 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Colorado wildlife officials found evidence of at least six wolves in the state's northwest region, a second indication of a return by the animals after a long absence, officials said. Democratic Gov. Jared Polis issued a statement Wednesday confirming the Colorado Parks and Wildlife discovery...

Jackson Hole parcel added to Grand Teton National Park

Jan. 23, 2020 1:10 PM EST

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — A small piece of land in western Wyoming has become part of Grand Teton National Park. The National Park Service acquired the 35-acre (14-hectare) parcel in the southern part of the park earlier this month. The Conservation Fund took part in acquiring the land from a private owner with...

Nevada man sentenced for trafficking in endangered species

Jan. 23, 2020 12:38 AM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A 51-year-old Nevada man who admitted illegally trafficking endangered African lion and leopard parts has been ordered to serve a total of 60 days in federal custody and complete 100 hours of community service for a wildlife conservation group. U.S. District Judge Robert C. Jones...

Environmentalists worried about Gila forest management plan

Jan. 23, 2020 12:06 AM EST

SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — Some environmental groups are concerned that a proposed management plan for the Gila National Forest in southwestern New Mexico falls short of protecting more than 3 million acres (12,140 square kilometers) of mountains, hills and range land. Forest officials recently released a...

FILE - This Nov. 7, 2018, file photo shows an election worker stacking ballots into a sorting machine at the King County Elections office in Renton, Wash. An obscure Seattle-area election will be the first in the country where all voters will be allowed to vote online. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Obscure Seattle election offers experiment in online voting

Jan. 22, 2020 6:30 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — An election for a volunteer board in the Seattle area is so obscure that voter turnout is typically less than 1%. Officials are giving online voting a trial run this year to try to boost turnout and explore how it might work in a bigger election. It will be the first election in the country...

Florida lawmakers advance fight against blue-green algae

Jan. 22, 2020 5:19 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The scum of blue-green algae was so thick and invasive in Florida two years ago that it suffocated fish by the thousands. Birds dropped dead. And people stayed out of the water. Offshore, a toxic swarm of rust-colored flecks known as red tide killed manatees, dolphins, sea turtles...