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Stories with subject: Rivers and streams
  • Des Plaines River dams being removed to restore natural flow 
    Updated: May-24-15 2:47 pm

    VERNON HILLS, Illinois - Dams that have hindered the flow of the 133-mile-long Des Plaines River for more than a century are being removed to restore its natural flow, improve aquatic habitat and make the waterway safer for people who use it.

  • 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.

  • Gravel pits find new life as water storage 
    Updated: May-20-15 3:47 pm

    FORT COLLINS, Colorado - Tranquil ponds lining the Cache la Poudre River around Fort Collins that attract many people for fishing, walking and wildlife watching are not what they appear to be.

  • Critics: Proposed Va. coal ash settlement falls far short 
    Updated: May-20-15 5:34 am

    RICHMOND, Virginia - Environmental and water protection groups call Virginia's proposed $2.5 million settlement with Duke Energy over a 2014 coal ash spill "grossly inadequate."

  • 7 dump trucks burn in Milwaukie; fuel spreads to stream 
    Updated: May-19-15 5:19 pm

    MILWAUKIE, Oregon - Seven dump trucks burned early Tuesday at a business in Milwaukie, just south of Portland, and diesel fuel leaked into a tributary of the Willamette River.

  • Paddlefish snagged on Yellowstone test negative for oil 
    Updated: May-15-15 11:40 am

    BISMARCK, North Dakota - The North Dakota Game and Fish Department says a January oil pipeline spill on the Yellowstone River did not affect paddlefish.

  • Prosecutors: Duke Energy could have avoided Dan River spill story has photosstory has video
    Updated: May-14-15 10:55 pm

    GREENVILLE, North Carolina - As Duke Energy pleaded guilty Thursday in a North Carolina courtroom to nine criminal violations of the federal Clean Water Act, federal prosecutors recounted examples where time and again the nation's largest electricity company failed to prevent its illegal pollution.

  • Oregon firefighters rescue horse from creek bed 
    Updated: May-14-15 3:14 am

    LAKE OSWEGO, Oregon - Fire officials in the Portland suburb of Lake Oswego say their successful rescue of a horse that fell and got trapped in a creek bed was aided by the 10-year-old animal's calm demeanor.

  • Fish boat catches fire at mouth of Columbia River; all OK 
    Updated: May-13-15 7:52 pm

    WARRENTON, Oregon - The Coast Guard has towed to shore a 34-foot fish boat whose operators had reported they were battling an engine room fire as they drifted at the mouth of the Columbia River between Oregon and Washington.

  • Duke to provide water to NC residents with tainted wells story has photos
    Updated: May-13-15 7:04 pm

    DUKEVILLE, North Carolina - Duke Energy says it will begin delivering bottled water to homeowners living near its coal ash pits in North Carolina, even as the nation's largest electricity company denies responsibility for its neighbors' tainted wells.

  • Deal reached between Michigan, Enbridge over 2010 oil spill story has photos
    Updated: May-13-15 3:10 pm

    MARSHALL, Michigan - A company responsible for one of the largest inland oil spills in U.S. history will restore or create 300 acres of wetlands as part of a sweeping agreement with the state to improve the Kalamazoo River watershed in southwestern Michigan.

  • Lynchburg College students study health of area creeks 
    Updated: May-10-15 9:53 am

    LYNCHBURG, Virginia - Donning overall waders and a backpack emitting a stunning current into the water, Ryan Thresher and fellow students searched for fish in Ivy Creek at Peaks View Park.

  • More people near coal ash pits told not to drink their water 
    Updated: May-05-15 8:55 pm

    RALEIGH, North Carolina - North Carolina officials are warning more residents living near Duke Energy's coal ash pits that it's not safe to drink or cook with their well water after tests showed contamination levels that is raising health concerns.

  • City in New York must upgrade sewer system after large spill 
    Updated: May-05-15 12:19 pm

    AMSTERDAM, New York - The city of Amsterdam in upstate New York must upgrade its aging sewer system after a large municipal spill that went unreported dumped millions of gallons of untreated sewage into the Mohawk River in 2013.

  • Extent of Capitol Creek fuel spill contamination assessed 
    Updated: May-02-15 12:17 pm

    ASPEN, Colorado - A private environmental-hazards mitigation company says it may have to remove soil contaminated along Capitol Creek Road after a gas tanker overturned.

  • 3 arraigned in northwest Missouri stabbing death 
    Updated: May-01-15 7:52 pm

    ST. JOSEPH, Missouri - A Kansas woman and two Missouri men have each been arraigned on a second-degree murder charge in the stabbing death of a man whose body was dumped in a river.

  • Death of Kern County teen found in creek declared homicide 
    Updated: Apr-29-15 10:16 am

    BAKERSFIELD, California - Kern County coroner's officials have declared the death of a 17-year-old girl whose body was found in a creek bed a homicide.

  • Lawsuit: Leavenworth defrauded FEMA, illegally dumped sewage 
    Updated: Apr-28-15 3:44 pm

    WICHITA, Kansas - A whistleblower lawsuit accuses the city of Leavenworth of defrauding the federal government by claiming reimbursements for water pipe and bridge repairs that were damaged before the 2011 flood for which the money was designated.