- Disorder affecting trout found in fish collected from river Updated: Aug-01-15 4:04 am
FOSCOE, North Carolina - The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission says whirling disease, a disorder affecting trout, has been confirmed in rainbow trout collected from Watauga River.
- For athletes, Olympic goals outweigh the risks of Rio waters Updated: Aug-01-15 3:20 am
RIO DE JANEIRO - Athletes have been dismissing the dangers of swimming in Rio de Janeiro's dirty waters, saying the risks are not great enough to alter their Olympic plans.
- Central Valley board allows wastewater disposal to continue Updated: Jul-31-15 11:13 pm
BAKERSFIELD, California - California's Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board voted, over the objections of its staff, to allow a water management company to continue disposing contaminated drilling wastewater in an area near Bakersfield for the next 2 1/2 years.
- Pipeline companies won't move line from Arkansas watershed Updated: Jul-31-15 7:08 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Two subsidiaries of ExxonMobil said in a court filing Friday that they won't move the Pegasus Pipeline from beneath the watershed where Central Arkansas gets most of its drinking water.
- With protest over, Shell prepares for Arctic Ocean drilling Updated: Jul-31-15 5:53 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Hours after a repaired Shell icebreaker eased past protesters in Oregon to join an Arctic drilling operation, the oil giant used other vessels in its flotilla to begin excavating off the coast of Alaska in hopes of confirming the presence of billions of barrels of crude below the ocean floor.
- Amid California drought, fears rise of trees dying, falling Updated: Jul-31-15 5:34 pm
LOS ANGELES - As Californians and the communities they live in cut back water use and let lawns turn brown, arborists and state officials are worrying about a potentially dangerous ripple effect: City trees going neglected and becoming diseased or even falling.
- Ecology to reassess water quality rule Updated: Jul-31-15 4:38 pm
OLYMPIA, Washington - The state Department of Ecology will not be adopting a current draft rule on clean water rules that are tied to how much fish people eat.
- Outdoor enthusiasts: Wyoming excluded public in E. coli plan Updated: Jul-31-15 3:43 pm
JACKSON HOLE, Wyoming - Recreation advocates say public users were cut out of a state department's decision to downgrade water-quality standards for most small streams in Wyoming.
- As NYC reservoir drops, upstate communities worry over river Updated: Jul-31-15 1:57 pm
ALBANY, New York - New York City officials are draining about a billion gallons of water a day from an upstate reservoir as they work urgently to plug a leak near its dam.
- Lawmaker seeks review of central Indiana reservoir proposal Updated: Jul-31-15 10:52 am
ANDERSON, Indiana - The proposed construction of a $450 million reservoir on the White River in central Indiana should be reviewed by a state legislative committee, according to a lawmaker opposed to the project.
- Rhode Island DEM monitoring fish kill in rivers Updated: Jul-31-15 10:20 am
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is monitoring what they call a "large fish kill" in the Seekonk and Providence Rivers.
- Warm blob of ocean water, drought warming Puget Sound waters Updated: Jul-31-15 8:05 am
SEATTLE - Scientists say they're seeing unusual warm conditions in Puget Sound this summer because of the drought and a large mass of warm ocean water.
- Mississippi Phosphates set to plead guilty in pollution case Updated: Jul-31-15 8:04 am
GULFPORT, Mississippi - A Gulf Coast fertilizer manufacturer will plead guilty Aug. 19 to federal allegation of violating the Clean Water Act by polluting waterways.
- Wastewater levels in Spokane River high due to drought Updated: Jul-31-15 6:16 am
SPOKANE, Washington - While wastewater going into the Spokane River isn't new, because of the drought, effluent makes up more and more of the rivers water.
- California zeroes in on conservation stragglers amid drought Updated: Jul-31-15 3:10 am
SACRAMENTO, California - California residents heeded the call to turn off sprinklers in the first month of mandated water conservation, leading to a 27 percent plunge in June.
- Scientist: Oil slick likely from natural seafloor seepage Updated: Jul-30-15 10:13 pm
LOS ANGELES - Coast Guard officials say it will likely be a couple more days before they can definitively say what caused a miles-long oil slick to materialize off the Santa Barbara County coast this week, but an expert said Thursday it was more than likely the result of ocean-floor seepage.
- Vegas-area coal plant owners to pay $4.3M to settle lawsuit Updated: Jul-30-15 7:31 pm
LAS VEGAS - Owners of a soon-to-close coal-fired power plant outside Las Vegas have agreed to pay $4.3 million to settle a lawsuit and clean up contamination that neighboring Native Americans blame for health problems and water pollution.
- AP Investigation: What's in Rio's water? AP explains tests Updated: Jul-30-15 5:18 pm
RIO DE JANEIRO - Sewage pollution has long been a problem for Rio de Janeiro, and officials promised they would use the 2016 Summer Olympics as the springboard to finally clean up this stunningly beautiful city's waterways.
- California judge says she'll likely uphold farmer water cuts Updated: Jul-30-15 5:17 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - California's demand for lower agricultural water use during the drought will likely survive a legal challenge, a judge indicated Thursday.
- Endangered pallid sturgeon larvae found in Missouri River Updated: Jul-30-15 5:13 pm
BELLEVUE, Nebraska - Three fish larvae captured from the Missouri River last year have been confirmed as those of the endangered pallid sturgeon, the U.S. Geological Survey said Thursday.
- California drought conservation: Hall of Fame and Shame Updated: Jul-30-15 4:59 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - California cities have mostly succeeded in the first month of mandatory conservation during the drought, according to June water use data released Thursday. The State Water Resources Control Board gave communities nine months to hit water use reduction targets as high as 36 percent compared to 2013 levels.
- Salmon habitat protected in E. Idaho conservation easement Updated: Jul-30-15 3:26 pm
BOISE, Idaho - A conservation easement has been attained on an east-central Idaho ranch that's been a top priority for state and federal authorities for years because it contains important spawning streams for threatened salmon and steelhead.
- AP Investigation: Filthy Rio water a threat at 2016 Olympics Updated: Jul-30-15 12:30 pm
RIO DE JANEIRO - The waters where Olympians will compete in swimming and boating events next summer in South America's first games are rife with human sewage and present a serious health risk for athletes, as well as for visitors to the iconic beaches of Rio de Janeiro.
- Oklahoma and EPA to study state's rivers, lakes and streams Updated: Jul-30-15 3:13 am
OKLAHOMA CITY - The condition of Oklahoma's wetlands is being analyzed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Oklahoma Secretary of Energy and Environment as part of a national initiative.
- California's big cities say June water-saving goals were met Updated: Jul-29-15 8:31 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - California's largest cities said water conservation goals ordered by Gov. Jerry Brown were met or exceeded in June - the first month of mandatory cutbacks during the drought.