- Regulators order pipeline testing, other steps after spill Updated: May-22-15 4:52 pm
LOS ANGELES - The company responsible for a pipeline that spilled thousands of gallons of oil along the California coast was ordered to take a series of steps before it can restart the line, federal regulators said Friday.
- California OKs offer of voluntary water cuts by farmers Updated: May-22-15 4:31 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - California regulators on Friday accepted a historic offer by farmers to make a 25 percent voluntary water cut to avoid deeper mandatory losses during the drought.
- Sand dune along Lake Michigan to remain closed this summer Updated: May-22-15 3:44 pm
SOUTH BEND, Indiana - A popular sand dune at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore along Lake Michigan will remain closed this summer as scientists study what caused a boy to nearly be buried alive in 2013, a park spokesman said Friday.
- Politicians ask Rutgers to cancel ocean blasting tests Updated: May-22-15 3:39 pm
SHIP BOTTOM, New Jersey - The state Senate president and a congressman representing the Jersey shore are asking Rutgers University to cancel planned research that involves blasting the ocean floor with sound waves.
- California Assembly advances ban on microbeads in cosmetics Updated: May-22-15 2:11 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - The California Assembly on Friday approved one of the nation's toughest bans on plastic, exfoliating microbeads that are polluting waterways.
- More federal money awarded for Minot water plant project Updated: May-22-15 12:58 pm
MINOT, North Dakota - The city of Minot is getting a $6.1 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help protect the city's water treatment plant and keep it functioning during a flood.
- Air Force to test Moose Creek wells for contamination Updated: May-22-15 11:47 am
FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Eielson Air Force Base will be testing private wells in the Moose Creek area for groundwater contamination.
- Lengthy, costly missile site cleanups frustrate residents Updated: May-22-15 10:38 am
CHEYENNE, Wyoming - Residents are getting impatient and voicing concerns about the costly proposed cleanup of two missile sites.
- Elementary school students study Celery Bog Nature Area Updated: May-22-15 9:22 am
LAFAYETTE, Indiana - On a sunny Wednesday morning when most students were stuck at their desks, nearly 100 Edgelea Elementary School fourth-graders headed out to the Celery Bog Nature Area to learn about the environment.
- Fishery managers studying black sea bass population Updated: May-22-15 9:18 am
PORTLAND, Maine - A multistate management commission is working on an assessment of the health of the black sea bass population.
- Alaska's popular walrus cam streams again after a decade Updated: May-22-15 1:09 am
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A popular webcam showing large male Pacific walruses lying on the beach with a Hitchcockian number of seabirds flying overhead is once again streaming to the Internet.
- Q&A: California farmers with oldest water rights face cuts Updated: May-21-15 8:10 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - Farmers in drought-stricken California with nearly guaranteed rights to water are bracing for historic orders to stop diverting water from rivers and streams. Regulators are expected to announce on Friday whether some farmers can avoid a total cut off if they voluntarily conserve.
- Excerpts from recent Minnesota editorials Updated: May-21-15 6:37 pm
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- Warm Montana spring enhances drought by depleting snowmelt Updated: May-21-15 5:32 pm
HELENA, Montana - A warm spring has nearly depleted what little snowpack Montana saw this year, draining the state of water necessary to combat worsening drought conditions, officials said Thursday.
- EPA proposes $10M plan to remove tar-like liquids Updated: May-21-15 4:41 pm
WAUKEGAN, Illinois - The federal Environmental Protection Agency is pitching a $10 million plan to pump tar-like liquids from the groundwater near the Waukegan Port District's lakefront property.
- 5 elementary students get funds for daily water use app Updated: May-21-15 10:05 am
FRESNO, California - Fresno residents should be able to download a free app measuring daily water use by the time the five boys who came up with the idea head back to school in the fall.
- Storm-related high water closing some North Texas parks Updated: May-20-15 7:14 pm
HICKORY CREEK, Texas - In a quiet corner of Hickory Creek Park, Lewisville Lake laps against the edge of the access road, covers nearby picnic areas to the tabletop and leaves just an inch or two of the barbecue grills poking above water.
- Farmington is getting federal funds for irrigation project Updated: May-20-15 6:37 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - Farmington is getting $157,000 toward an irrigation project on the Navajo Nation as part of a federal plan to improve water efficiency and conservation in New Mexico.
- Nogales to get federal funds for water meter replacements Updated: May-20-15 6:35 pm
PHOENIX - As part of a federal plan to improve water efficiency and conservation in Arizona, the city of Nogales is getting $300,000 toward a $1.1 million water meter replacement program.
- Road for logging project challenged in Selway River corridor Updated: May-20-15 6:33 pm
BOISE, Idaho - A northern Idaho couple and an environmental group have filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service challenging the agency's decision to designate a road as public and opening it to trucks for a logging project on state land.
- California water agency relies on flawed system to track use Updated: May-20-15 6:19 pm
SAN FRANCISCO - A group of powerful California farmers who are volunteering to use less water amid the crippling drought have for years operated under an antiquated state system that relies on self-reported, error-riddled records to enforce cutbacks.
- Feds providing $50M for Western water-saving projects Updated: May-20-15 6:14 pm
LOS ANGELES - The U.S. government will invest nearly $50 million in water conservation and reuse projects in 12 drought-stricken Western states, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced Wednesday.
- Scientists cross Lake Superior to sample its water Updated: May-20-15 5:43 pm
DULUTH, Minnesota - Scientists from the University of Minnesota Duluth are taking samples from Lake Superior this week as they research why its water is warming.
- Gulf oil leak records cannot be kept secret, US judge says Updated: May-20-15 5:26 pm
NEW ORLEANS - A federal magistrate judge Wednesday rejected a company's bid to preserve the confidentiality of numerous emails and reports about its failed efforts to halt a decade-old Gulf of Mexico oil leak.
- Scientists link dolphin deaths in Gulf to 2010 BP spill Updated: May-20-15 4:40 pm
NEW ORLEANS - In a new study, a team of scientists says there's a definite link between the massive BP oil spill in 2010 and a record number of dolphin deaths along the northern Gulf of Mexico.