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Harris to discuss drought, climate change at Lake Mead

Oct. 17, 2021 19:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris on Monday will highlight the problems caused by Western drought as she visits Lake Mead in Nevada and makes the case for the Biden administration's infrastructure and climate change proposals that have stalled in Congress. ...

Kentucky man, firm charged again with water quality offense

Oct. 17, 2021 13:49 PM EDT

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky man and a company face a federal charge claiming a water quality offense in a sinkhole similar to what they pleaded guilty to in 2013. The western Kentucky U.S. attorney’s office says Wednesday’s indictment against 84-year-old...

New oyster reef in Caillou Lake, Louisiana

Oct. 17, 2021 12:53 PM EDT

CAILLOU LAKE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has built a new 200- acre (81-hectare) oyster reef in south Louisiana. The 200-acre reef in Caillou Lake will be closed to all oystering for at least two years to let tiny oyster larvae latch...

Maryland urges limits to eating fish in creek due to PFAS

Oct. 17, 2021 12:49 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland is recommending people limit their consumption of certain fish in the Piscataway Creek in Prince George’s County because of PFAS contamination. The Baltimore Sun reports it’s the first time the state has issued such an advisory. It's...

Japan PM says Fukushima wastewater release can't be delayed

Oct. 17, 2021 10:27 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's new prime minister on Sunday said the planned mass disposal of wastewater stored at the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant cannot be delayed, despite concerns from local residents. Speaking at his first visit to the facility since taking...

Groups: New Mexico needs to fund more conservation projects

Oct. 17, 2021 10:02 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Land of Enchantment is home to vast forests and deserts, meandering rivers and streams and a variety of wildlife. Now a coalition of outdoor recreation and conservation groups is pointing to an influx of federal stimulus money and a healthy...

COVID-19 underscores need to diversify Tahoe tourist economy

Oct. 16, 2021 19:32 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The COVID-19 pandemic helped expose the growing vulnerability of Lake Tahoe’s increasingly tourism-dependent economy as housing costs balloon, year-round residency declines and more workers commute from afar or seek jobs elsewhere, a new report says. ...

California OKs new protections for leatherback sea turtles

Oct. 15, 2021 16:54 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has added the Pacific leatherback sea turtle to its endangered species list, guaranteeing more protections for a rapidly dwindling population. The California Fish and Game Commission voted Thursday to add the turtles under the...

Yellowstone crews scale back search for Utah conservationist

Oct. 15, 2021 16:40 PM EDT

OGDEN, Utah (AP) — The National Park Service has scaled back the search for Kim Crumbo, a conservationist from Utah who disappeared along with his brother during a Yellowstone backcountry trip in September. The national park that covers parts of Wyoming, Idaho and...

Feds agree to keep cattle out of northern Arizona rivers

Oct. 14, 2021 20:23 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Federal land-management agencies have agreed to do more to keep cattle from grazing in sensitive habitat for threatened and endangered species in the Verde River watershed, settling a lawsuit filed by environmental groups. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife...