Northwest Indiana counties target disruptive beavers
WAUKEGAN, Ind. (AP) — Beavers in Northwest Indiana are causing problems by blocking storm water drainage systems with their dams, so counties are turning to trapping and euthanizing the animals to...
LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — The way dams and storage reservoirs on the Columbia River and its tributaries are managed could change dramatically in a short five years if negotiators from the United...
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Nearly four years after a massive flood overtopped and broke dozens of dams across South Carolina, state lawmakers are considering changes that would remove about two-thirds...
Third landslide found in past 3 years on Mississippi dam
BRANDON, Miss. (AP) — Part of an earthen dam that holds back one of Mississippi's largest lakes is giving way.
WAPT-TV reports the landslide on the dam of the Ross Barnett Reservoir isn't an...
WINDSOR, N.C. (AP) — Some North Carolina counties say their economies are being threatened by flooding from dam releases upstream.
WITN in Greenville reports officials in Bertie County say...
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Lake Frances, a once idyllic spot that deteriorated into a decades-long nightmare on the Illinois River, could return to glory as a top Oklahoma outdoor recreation...
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The Amoskeag Fishways environmental education center along the Merrimack River in Manchester, New Hampshire, is closing soon, although an observation deck for the Amoskeag...
Waste from collapsed dam kills aquatic live in Brazil river
SAO PAULO (AP) — A Brazilian environmentalist group says that toxic waste from a mine dam collapse wiped out life in more than half the Paraopeba River that flows past the city where the disaster...
Kentucky dam holding up amid record level rain, flooded lake
ROWENA, Ky. (AP) — The Wolf Creek Dam near Kentucky's Lake Cumberland is functioning normally, despite record rainfall and pressure from the swollen lake.
Mississippi sues federal government over river flooding
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The state of Mississippi on Monday sued the federal government, claiming a dam complex in Louisiana that keeps the Mississippi River from changing course is harming state land.
The suit seeks at least $25 million in damages and touches on one of the most sensitive engineering questions in the nation — the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' decades-long effort to keep the Mississippi in its current channel flowing past Baton Rouge and New Orleans.
Effort to save Egypt’s Abu Simbel temples in 1960s recalled
TURIN, Italy (AP) — Egyptologists and other experts gathered in Italy this week to celebrate a successful campaign to save ancient Egyptian temples from being submerged by a dam project 50 years ago and heard of cultural sites facing similar threats now.
Brazilian environmental group tests water after dam collapse
BRUMADINHO, Brazil (AP) — A Brazilian environmental group began testing river water Thursday around where a dam holding back mine waste collapsed to measure the level of toxicity and assess risks to human and other forms of life.
The dam failure unleashed a surge of mud that buried buildings adjoining the dam and several parts of the nearby city of Brumadinho. Authorities said Thursday a total of 110 bodies had been recovered and 238 are listed as missing.
Washington state to regulate federal dams to cool hot water
SEATTLE (AP) — A new draft analysis by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says dams and climate change are the leading cause of high temperatures in the Columbia and Snake rivers that are killing salmon.
Families dig to find loved ones in Brazil dam collapse
BRUMADINHO, Brazil (AP) — Under a scorching sun, Tereza Ferreira Nascimento on Wednesday dug through the mud with garden tools and her hands in search of her brother Paulo Giovane dos Santos, resigned to the reality that he was most likely dead six days after the collapse of a Brazilian dam holding back mine waste.
The Latest: Death toll from dam collapse rises to 99
BRUMADINHO, Brazil (AP) — The Latest on the deadly collapse of a dam at a Brazil iron ore mining complex (all times local):
A spokesman for the Minas Gerais state civil defense agency said Wednesday that the number of confirmed dead from the collapse of a dam in Brazil has risen to 99 from 84.
Lt. Flavio Godinho said the number of missing decreased to 259.
Authorities said a light rain today had temporarily suspended search and rescue efforts but not affected water levels.
Arrests in Brazil dam disaster, dead fish wash up downstream
BRUMADINHO, Brazil (AP) — Authorities arrested five people Tuesday in connection with the collapse of a Brazilian mine dam, while the death toll rose to at least 84 and the carcasses of fish floated along the banks of a river downstream that an indigenous community depends on for food and water.
The Latest: Brazil dam death toll hits 84, 276 are missing
BRUMADINHO, Brazil (AP) — The Latest on the deadly collapse of a dam at a Brazil iron ore mining complex (all times local):
Authorities say the death toll from the dam breach at a Brazilian iron ore complex has increased to 84 from 65.
Lt. Flavio Godinho of the Minas Gerais state civil defense agency also says the number of missing stood Tuesday night at 276.
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AP Explains: What are dangers of mining waste in Brazil?
As rescuers in Brazil search for survivors of a dam collapse, questions abound about the health and environmental risks of the thick, brown, metal-laden mine waste that flowed over buildings. The accident comes after the United Nations and others warned that dam failures in the mining industry are becoming increasingly catastrophic because the structures are growing larger and more numerous around the globe. A look at some of the hazards:
Environmentalists sound alarm after Brazilian dam disaster
SAO PAULO (AP) — A massive, deadly river of pale brown mud released by the collapse of a mining company dam threatens to cause an environmental disaster for Brazil, potentially snatching away livelihoods and driving the spread of disease, activists warned Sunday.
Group says dam removal has brought fish back to Maine brook
SULLIVAN, Maine (AP) — A conservation group in Downeast Maine says a species of fish has returned to a brook for the first time in decades in the wake of a dam removal.
The Downeast Salmon Federation says the removal of the 50-year-old dam helped bring tomcod back to Smelt Brook in Sullivan. The group faulted the dam with keeping fish out of the stream and nutrients from being able to flow into Smelt Cove, which is located at the head of Frenchman Bay.
More river herring swimming up Maine’s Presumpscot River
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — More river herring are swimming up the Presumpscot River.
The Friends of the Presumpscot River, the Conservation Law Foundation and Sappi North American say more than 50,000 river herring ascended a fish ladder at the Cumberland Mills dam last year.
The Portland Press Herald reports that it's a big jump. The year before, just 810 river herring were counted at the fishway. But the numbers tend to vary from year to year.
Landslide engulfs Pakistani bus with workers, killing 8
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani police say a landslide triggered by this week's rains engulfed a bus carrying workers on a dam project in the northwest, killing eight people.
Regional police chief Raja Abdul Saboor says the incident took place on a hilly road late on Monday. He says rescuers managed to retrieve all the bodies.
Operations suspended at Canada’s Mount Polly mine
WILLIAMS LAKE, British Columbia (AP) — Imperial Metals Corp. says it is suspending operations at its Mount Polley mine in south-central British Columbia due to declining copper prices.
The gold and copper mine was the site of a 2014 tailings dam collapse that was one of the largest environmental disasters in the province's history.
Demolition to begin in Fort Dodge on Des Moines River dams
FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — Work is expected to begin next month to remove two dams spanning the Des Moines River in Fort Dodge now that officials have approved contracts worth more than $1.4 million after resolving permitting issues.
Panel OKs $4.7 million for dam and lake in northwest Omaha
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A state panel has awarded $4.7 million toward construction of a dam and lake in northwest Omaha.
Rural Omaha landowners discontented with new flood study
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Two government agencies are collaborating on a three-year, $3 million study of flood risks in the Omaha metro area.
Plans to remove 2 dams in Fort Dodge delayed
FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — Concerns raised by the State Historic Preservation Office have delayed plans for removing two dams spanning the Des Moines River in Fort Dodge.
Officials fear dam release harmed lake’s fish species
LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. (AP) — Wildlife officials are working to figure out the impact of a release of more than 9 billion gallons (34.1 billion liters) of water from a dam in western Arizona.
Lake Mead drinking water pumping project meets milestone
LAS VEGAS (AP) — After a three-year battle to keep their underground job site from flooding, a construction crew at Lake Mead is ready to let the water win.
Sometime in the next few days, workers plan to shut off pumps keeping the water out and allow it to fill a cavern they have carefully excavated from the rock more than 500 feet beneath the shore.
Trump OKs disaster declaration for Tohono O’odham Nation
SELLS, Ariz. (AP) — President Donald Trump has approved a disaster declaration for a southern Arizona tribe affected by severe flooding.
Heavy rainfall had threatened an earthen dam on the Tohono O'odham reservation in early October, forcing people from their homes.
The declaration announced Friday allows the use of federal funding for emergency work, and to repair or replace facilities damaged by the flooding. The tribe must share in the cost.
Cost of keeping Asian carp from Great Lakes nearly triples
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Fortifying an Illinois waterway to prevent invasive carp from using it as a path to Lake Michigan could cost nearly three times as much as federal planners previously thought, according to an updated report.
Blockages gone, fish back in post-Sandy projects in 6 states
SPRING LAKE, N.J. (AP) — Billions of dollars have been spent on the recovery from Superstorm Sandy to help people get their lives back together, but a little-noticed portion of that effort is quietly helping another population along the shoreline: fish that need to migrate from coastal rivers out to the sea and back.
Crews wrap up removal of 90-year-old southwest Michigan dam
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Crews have wrapped up removal of a roughly 90-year-old dam in southwestern Michigan as part of an effort to help restore habitat for native fish.
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality announced this month that the work was completed to remove the Alcott Street dam in Kalamazoo.
Dry lake inches closer to comeback
MEADVILLE, Pa. (AP) — If it takes seven minutes to fill an 80-gallon tub with just the cold tap open and eight minutes with just the hot tap open, how long will it take to fill a 562-acre reservoir with the skies open periodically — and if nearby residents run hoses from their backyards to the lake, will that make a difference?
It's a question that will soon move from the dark world of algebra-inspired nightmares into reality.
Lawsuit planned to protect Louisiana, Mississippi turtles
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An environmental group said Tuesday that it plans to sue the federal government to protect two species of turtle found only in Louisiana and Mississippi.
The Center for Biological Diversity released a copy of its letter to Interior Department Secretary Ryan Zinke. It says the center will sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 60 days for failing to act on a petition to designate the Pascagoula map turtle and the Pearl River map turtle as threatened or endangered.
$9 billion California water bond trailing in early returns
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Californians were leaning against borrowing $9 billion for water projects Tuesday in a state where water scarcity often pits city dwellers, farmers, anglers and environmentalists against one another.
About 53 percent of voters opposed Proposition 3 with about 3.6 million votes counted.
The bond measure devoted money to storage and dam repairs, watershed and fisheries improvements, and habitat protection and restoration.
DNR water funding includes grants to remove 2 lowhead dams
CORYDON, Ind. (AP) — State officials have awarded $1.2 million for improvements along Indiana's lakes and rivers, including funding to remove two lowhead dams.
Breaching dams to save Northwest orcas is contentious issue
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Calls to breach four hydroelectric dams in Washington state have grown louder in recent months as the plight of critically endangered Northwest orcas has captured global attention.
Some argue the best way to get more salmon to the starving whales is to tear down four dams on the Lower Snake River, a tributary of the Columbia River, to help migrating fish.
Federal court: Salmon must have protection from warm water
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal court has ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency must come up with a plan to protect salmon from warm water temperatures, which can be fatal for the fish species. '
Oregon Public Broadcasting reports Thursday that record-high water temperatures in rivers across the Pacific Northwest in 2015 led environmental groups to sue the agency.
Federal money approved to help repair 3 aging Vermont dams
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Three Vermont flood control dams built in the 1930s are going to be receiving a total of about $40 million in federal funds to help make safety improvements for the structures.
Independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and Democratic U.S. Rep. Peter Welch say the money will be used for the study, design and construction of control gates, spillways and other dam safety improvements for the three dams.
Tests: Few heavy metals in river after coal plant dam burst
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Despite the gray muck that fouled the Cape Fear River near a Wilmington power plant after Hurricane Florence, water tests so far show heavy metals contained in coal ash are within state standards, North Carolina environmental officials said Thursday.
APNewsBreak: Another rare fish pulled back from extinction
DENVER (AP) — Another rare Colorado River fish has been pulled back from the brink of extinction, wildlife officials said Thursday, the second comeback this year for a species unique to the Southwestern U.S.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recommended reclassifying the ancient and odd-looking razorback sucker from endangered to threatened, meaning it is still at risk of extinction, but the danger is no longer immediate.
NC river swirls with gray muck near coal ash dump
Residents call for changes to prevent Chain O’Lakes flooding
FOX LAKE, Ill. (AP) — Residents are pushing for Illinois officials to change how they run a dam to prevent flooding in several lakes that flow into the Fox River in Chicago's northern suburbs.
NC river swirls with gray muck near flooded coal ash dump
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Gray muck is flowing into the Cape Fear River from the site of a dam breach at a Wilmington power plant where an old coal ash dump had been covered over by Florence's floodwaters.
Forecasters predicted the water will continue to rise through the weekend at the L.V. Sutton Power Station. Duke Energy spokeswoman Paige Sheehan said the utility doesn't believe the breach poses a significant threat of increased flooding to nearby communities.
Flooding: Dam breach at Duke plant; coal ash could spill
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Florence's floodwaters breached a dam holding back a large reservoir at a Wilmington power plant Friday, and coal ash from an adjacent dump could be flowing into the nearby Cape Fear River.
Duke Energy spokeswoman Paige Sheehan said the utility doesn't believe the breach at the L.V. Sutton Power Station poses a significant threat of increased flooding to nearby communities.
Suspected power plant waste in N Carolina river
Dam breach at Duke NC plant; coal ash could spill
Floodwaters inundate lake at NC power plant, raising alarm
WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy activated a high-level emergency alert at a retired coal-fired power plant in North Carolina as floodwaters from the nearby Cape Fear River overtopped an earthen dike there and inundated a large lake, raising concerns of a potential breach.
The dam containing Sutton Lake appeared stable and Duke officials were monitoring it with helicopters and drones, Duke spokeswoman Paige Sheehan said Thursday, calling it "an evolving situation."