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Water levels in Zimbabwe's biggest dam too low for power

Nov. 28, 2022 05:33 AM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Electricity shortages that have been plaguing Zimbabwe are set to worsen after an authority that manages the country’s biggest dam said water levels are now too low to continue power generation activities. The Zambezi River Authority, which runs the Kariba...

Mussels help clean up Chesapeake Bay

Nov. 19, 2022 09:12 AM EST

SCOTTSVILLE, Va. (AP) — It was only 3 inches long but one of the little James Spinymussels that moved from Charles City County far up the James River to Scottsville this summer can filter up to 15 gallons of water a day. That’s a volume of water roughly a thousand times the size...

Politics, climate conspire as Tigris and Euphrates dwindle

Nov. 18, 2022 08:56 AM EST

DAWWAYAH, Iraq and ILISU DAM, Turkey (AP) — Next year, the water will come. The pipes have been laid to Ata Yigit’s sprawling farm in Turkey’s southeast connecting it to a dam on the Euphrates River. A dream, soon to become a reality, he says. He’s already grown a small corn...

Little Bluestone River tract protected, made accessible

Nov. 13, 2022 14:29 PM EST

JUMPING BRANCH, W.Va. (AP) — A section of the Little Bluestone River and the steep, forested hills that rise from its rocky shores near its confluence with the Bluestone National Scenic River are being protected and made accessible to the public. Little Bluestone Community Forest...

Unearthing Native American history on a Maryland island

Nov. 13, 2022 09:07 AM EST

ST. CLEMENT’S ISLAND, Md. (AP) — The small pieces of oyster shells and ceramic shards in the palm of archaeologist Julia King don’t look like much. But her team’s discoveries of roughly 1,500 pounds of shells and 200 pieces of ceramics bring new and more concrete evidence of...

Climate Migration: Açai growers flee salty Amazon water

Nov. 10, 2022 04:30 AM EST

MACAPA, Brazil (AP) — Where the mother of all rivers meets the Atlantic Ocean in coastal Brazil, it's not a single channel, instead it braids around 230 kilometers (142 miles) of islands including the Bailique Archipelago. A native of the mouth of the Amazon, Elielson Elinho, 31,...

Hoopa Valley Tribe sues US over California water contracts

Oct. 31, 2022 22:51 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Hoopa Valley Tribe alleged in a lawsuit Monday that the federal government is violating its sovereignty and failing to collect money from California farms that rely on federally supplied water to pay for damages to tribal fisheries. The tribe, which...

Drought snarls Mississippi River transit in blow to farmers

Oct. 28, 2022 10:10 AM EDT

ALONG THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER (AP) — Adam Thomas starts harvesting soybeans on his Illinois farm when the dew burns off in the morning. This year, dry weather accelerated the work, allowing him to start early. His problem was getting the soybeans to market. About 60% of the Midwest...

Sewage spill prompts beach closure near Los Angeles

Oct. 23, 2022 17:43 PM EDT

MARINA DEL REY, Calif. (AP) — A stretch of Los Angeles area beach was closed after sewage was discharged near a creek that flows to the ocean, health officials said. About 1,200 gallons (4,540 liters) of sewage spilled Saturday afternoon into a storm drain near Ballona Creek in...

Helping the Chesapeake Bay from way upstream

Oct. 23, 2022 09:27 AM EDT

WESTOVER, Va. (AP) — The Atlantic eel that Ken Slazyk pulled from the pot in the James River, 8 miles downstream from Hopewell, was a green, 18-inch-long juvenile that had, in one of the greatest mysteries of modern biology, swum up the river where its parents had spent their early days,...