Latest Freshwater pollution News

Final cleanup cost of old Vermont copper mine 4 times plan

Nov. 27, 2021 11:36 AM EST

STRAFFORD, Vt. (AP) — A final tally of the cost of cleaning up the long-abandoned Elizabeth copper mine in the Vermont town of Strafford came in more than four times the original estimate, the Environmental Protection Agency says. The Valley News reports that when the...

Big flotilla of illegal gold miners splits up in Brazil

Nov. 26, 2021 18:35 PM EST

ON THE RIO MADEIRA, Brazil (AP) — Hundreds of barges of illegal miners dredging for gold were navigating along the Madeira River in the Brazilian Amazon on Friday, and researchers said they posed a threat of pollution — including toxic mercury — for the broader environment. ...

Settlement: Old toxic cables to be removed from Lake Tahoe

Nov. 25, 2021 15:50 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — AT&T’s Pac Bell subsidiary has settled a lawsuit conservationists filed under a U.S. law more typically cited in Superfund cases, agreeing to spend up to $1.5 million to remove 8 miles (12.9 kilometers) of toxic telephone cables that were abandoned on the bottom of...

Officials: Unsafe levels of chemical found in town's water

Nov. 24, 2021 08:40 AM EST

PITTSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Tests conducted on a North Carolina town's water supply found more than double the amount of a potentially cancer-causing chemical that's considered safe, officials said. Since Nov. 8, the town of Pittsboro has been performing almost-daily tests...

Army Corps completes reservoir for Everglades restoration

Nov. 20, 2021 12:39 PM EST

STUART, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has completed work on a $339 million Everglades restoration project aimed at cleansing water runoff before it flows into a troubled Florida river. Corps and local officials held a ceremony Friday for the 12,000-acre...

Thailand's festival honoring rivers also pollutes them

Nov. 20, 2021 03:44 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thais flocked to rivers and lakes on Friday evening to release small floats adorned with flowers and candles in an annual festival honoring the goddess of water, with thousands of the tiny boats ending up clogging and polluting the country’s waterways. ...

Biden administration acts to restore clean-water safeguards

Nov. 18, 2021 17:52 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration took action Thursday to restore federal protections for hundreds of thousands of small streams, wetlands and other waterways, undoing a Trump-era rule that was considered one of that administration’s hallmark environmental rollbacks. ...

Wyoming company to pay $2M in Yellowstone oil pipeline spill

Nov. 17, 2021 18:28 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Wyoming pipeline company agreed to a $2 million settlement for damages caused by a 2015 crude oil spill that fouled a section of the Yellowstone River in eastern Montana and contaminated a city's water supply, officials said Wednesday. The...

Nonprofit: American shad on brink of collapse in James River

Nov. 17, 2021 16:36 PM EST

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — American shad, often referred to as the “founding fish” for its historical and cultural significance, is on the verge of collapsing in the James River, according to an organization that has been tracking the fish for years. The fish's population...

Idaho reports record number of mussel-infested boats

Nov. 17, 2021 16:02 PM EST

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Department of Agriculture have said that a record number of watercraft fouled with invasive mussels were caught at the state's boat inspection stations this year. Still, officials report that Idaho's waterways remain free of the...