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Conservation organizations recognize removal of large dam

Sep. 21, 2021 10:59 AM EDT

ROUNDHILL, Ky. (AP) — Conservation organizations are recognizing the removal of a large dam on the Green River in southcentral Kentucky. Representatives from The Nature Conservancy, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kentucky Department of...

Durham votes to remove Mill Pond dam on Oyster River

Sep. 19, 2021 08:50 AM EDT

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — After more than a decade of discussion, Durham is moving ahead with the removal of a dam on the Oyster River. The Durham Town Council voted 7-2 this past week to remove the Mill Pond Dam, which was developed at the turn of the century to replace a...

Sauk-Suiattle tribe sues Seattle utility over green stance

Sep. 18, 2021 10:16 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe has filed a class-action lawsuit against the city of Seattle on behalf of its members and the public, saying the electric utility’s green power claims are misleading and hurting the tribe. The lawsuit filed in King County...

Editorial Roundup: Wisconsin

Sep. 15, 2021 13:51 PM EDT

Kenosha News. September 12, 2021. Editorial: Flight for Life’s Burlington hub is good news We all hope that we never have to have 911 called for us or for any of our loved ones. We especially hope and pray that it’s not so serious that Flight For...

Report: Loss of soil strength likely led to dam collapses

Sep. 13, 2021 17:20 PM EDT

MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) — A sudden loss of soil strength under saturated conditions most likely caused dams to collapse last year and contributed to flooding that forced evacuations of about 10,000 people, an interim report commissioned by federal regulators and released Monday said. ...

Lawsuit: Dam operator is violating Endangered Species Act

Sep. 09, 2021 17:22 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Environmental groups contend four Kennebec River dams are violating federal law by harming endangered Atlantic salmon. Brookfield Renewable U.S. is violating the federal Endangered Species Act because an exemption spelling out limits on the death...

Missouri River species recovery plan sees deep budget cuts

Sep. 06, 2021 10:02 AM EDT

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) — Beneath the swirling waters of the Missouri River, underwater microphones eavesdropped on fish. A boat of biologists drifted downstream, listening for the crisp beeps that would indicate a pallid sturgeon, tagged with an electronic tracker,...

Snail darter, tiny and notorious, is no longer endangered

Aug. 31, 2021 10:42 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The snail darter, a tiny fish that notoriously blocked a federal dam project in Tennessee decades ago, should no longer be on the endangered species list, federal officials announced on Tuesday. Arguing that the fish is no longer in danger of...

Maine river sees fewer Atlantic salmon this year

Aug. 30, 2021 15:59 PM EDT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — The Penobscot River is on track to see the fewest Atlantic salmon in recent years, Maine state officials said. According to a trap count report provided by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on August 23, 520 salmon had passed through the...

Record low numbers of steelhead returning to Columbia River

Aug. 28, 2021 13:29 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Record low numbers of steelhead are returning to the Columbia River this year, prompting conservationists and anglers alike to call for a halt to recreational fishing for the sea-run fish. As of this week, just 29,000 steelhead passed the...