- Saved from Sandy: Shorebird efforts are declared a success Updated: May-24-15 3:21 pm
MIDDLE TOWNSHIP, New Jersey - A crash program to restore New Jersey bay and ocean beaches wrecked by Superstorm Sandy appears to have succeeded in saving tens of thousands of shorebirds that otherwise might have died after the 2012 storm wiped out their feeding grounds.
- 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.
- Catholics organize to promote pope's climate change message Updated: May-24-15 12:13 pm
NEW YORK - There will be prayer vigils and pilgrimages, policy briefings and seminars, and sermons in parishes from the U.S. to the Philippines.
- NY buys land to protect Lake George water quality Updated: May-24-15 9:43 am
LAKE GEORGE, New York - New York state has bought a more than 1,400-acre nature preserve to protect water quality in Lake George and a major tributary.
- Md. woman works to preserve Enchanted Forest memories Updated: May-24-15 9:27 am
ELLICOTT CITY, Maryland - One of America's first theme parks was in the D.C. region - and two of its roadside remnants will soon be moved.
- Ohio forestry, wildlife conservation camp offered for teens Updated: May-24-15 6:35 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A weeklong forestry and wildlife conservation camp for teens will be held in eastern Ohio.
- Federal grants worth $1.8M go to 3 Nebraska water projects Updated: May-24-15 5:04 am
OGALLALA, Nebraska - Three Nebraska projects will share $1.8 million in federal grants to help strengthen the Ogallala aquifer.
- Restaurant owners recycle oyster shells for reef habitat Updated: May-23-15 11:13 am
ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey - Two southern Ocean County seafood restaurants are involved in what some might call a pearl of an idea- to use their recycled oyster shells to restore a reef habitat in Barnegat Bay.
- Improvements to be made at Connecticut shoreline park Updated: May-23-15 11:02 am
MADISON, Connecticut - Improvements are being planned at Connecticut's most popular state park.
- NY fights against aquatic invasive species in Adirondacks Updated: May-23-15 8:04 am
SARANAC LAKE, New York - Officials are stepping up efforts to fight aquatic invasive species in the Adirondacks this summer.
- California farmers strike a deal to cut water use Updated: May-22-15 8:45 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - California farmers who hold some of the state's strongest water rights avoided the threat of deep mandatory cuts when the state accepted their proposal Friday to voluntarily reduce consumption by 25 percent amid one of the worst droughts on record.
- Government hunters prepare to kill salmon-eating birds Updated: May-22-15 8:13 pm
Government hunters have begun scouting an island at the mouth of the Columbia River as they prepare to shoot thousands of hungry seabirds to stop them from eating baby salmon.
- Q&A: California farmers strike water-saving deal with state Updated: May-22-15 7:44 pm
FRESNO, California - A group of farmers in the heart of California's agricultural region have cut a historic deal with the state to reduce their water use by 25 percent in exchange for avoiding deeper mandatory cuts sure to come later.
- Plague in Idaho ground squirrels prompts health warning Updated: May-22-15 5:26 pm
BOISE, Idaho - Ground squirrels south of Boise have tested positive for plague, and humans and pets should avoid the area, Idaho health officials say.
- 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.
- Wildlife habitat conservation program reaches million acres Updated: May-22-15 10:19 am
BISMARCK, North Dakota - A Conservation Reserve Program offshoot that's aimed at boosting wildlife habitat has surpassed 1 million acres, thanks to a recent signup of land in North Dakota.
- 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.
- 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.
- New Mexico ranchers, farmers sue over jaguar border habitat Updated: May-21-15 4:13 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - The setting aside of more than 170 square miles in New Mexico as critical habitat for the endangered jaguar was an "unlawful, arbitrary and capricious" action by federal authorities and needs to be overturned, a new lawsuit says.
- Mustang Island State Park in Port Aransas adds acres Updated: May-21-15 3:19 pm
PORT ARANSAS, Texas - Mustang Island State Park in South Texas will add nearly 800 acres.
- Man who paid $350,000 kills endangered black rhino in Africa Updated: May-21-15 2:57 pm
DALLAS - A Texas man who bid $350,000 to hunt a black rhinoceros in Africa in what was billed as a conservation fundraiser has killed one of the endangered animals, a Dallas Safari Club official said Thursday.
- Great Lakes museum re-ups with NY-based shipwreck explorers Updated: May-21-15 7:31 am
ROCHESTER, New York - The National Museum of the Great Lakes has renewed its collaboration with a team of western New York-based shipwreck explorers that has found numerous wrecks in Lake Ontario.
- Good Samaritan helps rescue loon Updated: May-21-15 7:01 am
CORNISH, New Hampshire - A good Samaritan has come to the aid of a trapped loon in a pond next to the post office in Cornish, New Hampshire.
- SeaWorld rescue team returns 3 sea turtles to ocean Updated: May-21-15 5:47 am
CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida - Three rare Kemp's ridley sea turtles are back in the ocean months after being rescued during a stranding along the Massachusetts coastline.
- 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.