COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Fish in the Cuyahoga River, which became synonymous with pollution when it caught fire in Cleveland in 1969, are now safe to eat, federal environmental regulators...
Ohio governor wants nearly $1B for Lake Erie, waterways
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine wants to spend nearly $1 billion on water quality projects to clean up toxic algae in Lake Erie and protect other lakes and rivers throughout the...
DENVER (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced three long-term goals Wednesday for cleaning up the Bonita Peak Mining District Superfund site in southwestern Colorado.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay plans to offer a new undergraduate degree in water science this fall in part to fill a worker shortage as the state invests more into...
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A University of Minnesota research program that aims to develop environmentally-friendly alternatives to corn and soybeans could get an extra $5 million a year funding boost...
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Advocacy groups are lobbying Congress to pump more money into programs to protect Great Lakes water quality.
More than 100 representatives of organizations in the...
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine used his first State of the State speech Tuesday to push lawmakers to raise the Ohio gas tax by 18 cents to fix crumbling roads and dangerous bridges and to...
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine used his first State of the State speech to push for an 18-cent increase in the state's gas tax, more focus on children's health issues like lead paint...
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey is adding 749 miles (1,205 kilometers) of rivers and streams to its inventory of waterways that have a high level of protection from pollution and...
State EPA considers rules for water-quality certification
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Draft rules being considered by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency would allow developers' privately-hired consultants to get state certification to monitor and certify...
GOP bill would create water pollution credit clearinghouse
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican legislators began a push Tuesday to streamline Wisconsin's water pollution credit-trading system, introducing a bill that would create a clearinghouse that they say...
Water and watershed conference to be at Plymouth State
PLYMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Plymouth State University's Center for the Environment is hosting an annual water and watershed conference to share information on regional water quality, supply, and other...
Unique sight: Otters spotted roving in downtown Milwaukee
MILWAUKEE (AP) — A group of otters made a rare if not unprecedented appearance in downtown Milwaukee earlier this week.
The state Department of Natural Resources says a video of the otters...
Iowa commission rejects strict recreational lake standards
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa commission has rejected a proposal from two environmental groups to adopt stricter standards for the state's nearly 160 recreational lakes, saying the effort would...
Tests show major break didn’t make Ohio city’s water unsafe
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Officials in Dayton, Ohio, say it seems the safety of the city's water wasn't compromised during a major water main break last week that led to a boil-water advisory affecting some 100,000 people.
Grants available to monitor Michigan beach water quality
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — State grants are available for Michigan communities and organizations that would like to keep an eye on inland beach water quality.
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality says it will distribute $200,000 for water quality projects in the 2019 and 2020 fiscal years.
Local governments and nonprofits can apply individually or as part of a group. Those chosen for funding are required to share the data they produce with the DEQ.
Judge won’t end decades-old Everglades cleanup oversight
MIAMI (AP) — A federal judge on Monday refused to end a decades-old court order that oversees water quality and environmental restoration in the sensitive Florida Everglades.
- Daily Inter LakeLake stewards compare notes, talk climate changeMarch 17, 2019
- Wisconsin State JournalTony Evers, Republicans both looking to get factory farms to pay for cleaner waterMarch 17, 2019
- Sentinel & EnterpriseCentral Mass. Group to Share Stormwater GrantMarch 15, 2019
- Daily Inter LakeFlathead Basin Commission survives and evolvesMarch 14, 2019
- Daily Times-CallLongmont City Council Authorizes Monitoring Air, Water for Possible Oil, Gas PollutantsMarch 6, 2019
Evers wants nearly $70M in bonding to address water quality
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers will call for allowing state environmental and agricultural officials to borrow nearly $70 million more over the next two years to combat water pollution and replace lead pipes in his first state budget, following through on his pledge to attack drinking water contamination during his first year in office.
New Mexico officials: Holloman Air Force water contaminated
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Holloman Air Force Base violated its state permit for groundwater discharge after toxic chemicals were found in groundwater and has yet to respond to concerns from environmental officials, the New Mexico Environment Department said Wednesday.
In a letter to U.S. Air Force Col. Joseph Campo, the department said the contamination discovered in November violates the New Mexico Water Quality Act and other regulations.
GOP lawmakers seek new limits on drinking water contaminants
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Three Republican state senators are demanding strict new limits on two industrial contaminants that have been found in water sources in three areas in New York state.
Senate Minority Leader John Flanagan and Republican senators Ken LaValle and Phil Boyle on Wednesday called on the state Department of Health to set drinking water standards for PFOA and PFOS, two chemicals linked to cancer and other health problems.
Nez Perce Tribe awarded $100,000 grant for water project
LAPWAI, Idaho (AP) — The Nez Perce Tribe has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency for a water quality improvement project in north-central Idaho.
The project will include the creation of new riparian habitat, imitation beaver dams and other work in the headwaters of the lower Lapwai Creek watershed.
Michigan governor revamps environmental agency after Flint
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer took steps Monday to restructure and rename the state environmental agency that drew criticism for its handling of the Flint water crisis under former Gov. Rick Snyder.
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.
Thousands of fish die in 3rd mass death in Australian river
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of fish died on Monday in the third mass death in recent weeks on a stretch of a major Australian river that local officials blamed on drought but critics said at least partly stemmed from water mismanagement.
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.
Evers promises clean drinking water; what now?
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tony Evers pledged to clean up Wisconsin's drinking water in his State of the State address, promising to work to replace lead pipes across the state and improve well water quality during what he dubbed the year of clean drinking water. Here's a look at the extent of pollution in Wisconsin, how lawmakers are dealing with it and Evers' promise:
- Business WireIndiana American Water Files Stipulation & Settlement Agreement Regarding Rate RequestMarch 19, 2019
- Business WireAmerican Water Optimizes Leadership Talent to Advance New Jersey, National Environmental Priorities and Further Enhance Customer ExperiencesMarch 13, 2019
- Business WireEvoqua’s Neptune-Benson Named Official Water Quality Sponsor of USA SwimmingMarch 13, 2019
- Business WireEvoqua’s Neptune-Benson Named Official Water Quality Sponsor of USA SwimmingMarch 13, 2019
Panel holds marathon hearing on potential landfill expansion
COVENTRY, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont environmental commission held a marathon panel hearing on potential expansion plans for a landfill.
Recycling company settles lawsuit over river pollution
SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle metals recycling facility will make more than $1 million in improvements to settle a lawsuit claiming the company discharged dangerous chemicals into the Duwamish River.
NY lawmakers to review spending on environmental protection
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state lawmakers are kicking off their budget work for the year by examining state spending on environmental protection.
The Assembly and Senate have scheduled a joint budget hearing on Wednesday to examine funding for programs relating to water quality, land conservation, wildlife management and efforts to clean up pollution.
Judge: Wisconsin improperly gave up authority to dairy group
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A judge has restored Wisconsin's authority to protect water quality after ruling it was improperly given up in a settlement with a dairy industry group.
Michigan Sugar Company settles air, water pollution lawsuit
BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan beet sugar company will pay $562,500 in fines and environmental restoration costs for air and water pollution violations under a deal with the state Department of Environmental Quality.
Endangered bats cause delay in Oklahoma road project
OKAY, Okla. (AP) — A project to rebuild 16 miles of Oklahoma Highway 16 between Okay and Wagoner is being delayed because of its possible effect on a population of endangered bats.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service halted the project to study whether sediment from the job site is affecting water quality near a population of gray bats and reducing the number of insects that serve as the bats' food supply, particularly in wetlands near the project.
North Carolina fines equestrian center over water quality
MILL SPRING, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina equestrian center that played host to the FEI World Equestrian Games last year has been fined for water quality violations.
The Asheville Citizen-Times reports the state Department of Environmental Quality issued a civil penalty of $64,437 to the managers of the Tryon International Equestrian Center.
Assembly’s Vos to form water quality task force
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says he will form a water-quality task force following reports of contaminated wells across southwestern Wisconsin.
Investigation to focus on pollution at meat packing plant
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators are considering a proposal that calls for investigating soil and groundwater contamination at a former meat packing plant in Albuquerque.
The state Environment Department said Wednesday it will review the initial plan to clean up the former Karler meat packing facility.
The agency's Ground Water Quality Bureau required the property owner to submit a plan to address pollution at the site.
Fish found in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee called endangered
ANNISTON, Ala. (AP) — Federal officials are putting a fish whose habitat is threatened by development in southern states on the endangered species list.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is adding the trispot darter fish to the list.
Sewage spill stops shellfish harvesting in part of river
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Department of Health has closed shellfish harvesting for a portion of a river where a raw sewage spill has impacted water quality.
Minnesota OKs final major state permits for PolyMet mine
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — State pollution regulators on Thursday issued the last major state permits sought by the developers of the planned PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota, leaving only one major federal permit still pending.
NY council recommends contaminant limits for drinking water
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A state council has recommended maximum drinking water contaminant levels for industrial chemicals that have turned up in Hoosick Falls, Newburgh and other communities.
The New York Drinking Water Quality Council on Tuesday recommended that the state health commissioner set a maximum limit of 10 parts per trillion for the chemicals PFOA and PFOS. Environmental groups had sought a level of 4 parts per trillion.
EPA: No contamination in water delivered on Crow Reservation
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Test results show no evidence of E. coli bacteria contamination in water delivered to about 2,000 people on Montana's Crow Indian Reservation, after government investigators raised concerns about lax water quality monitoring.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency tested water systems in Wyola and Pryor last week and none of the results showed evidence of E. coli bacteria, which can come from animal or human waste, EPA spokesman Richard Mylott said late Tuesday.
Environmentalists say 11 Georgia coal plants leaking
ATLANTA (AP) — A study by environmental groups says 11 coal powered plants in Georgia are leaking chemicals into ground water.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported the Environmental Integrity Project and Earthjustice released the study Thursday that says 10 of the 11 plants are owned by Georgia Power.
Northam wants to boost spending on water quality
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam wants to increase state spending on efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay and improve the state's water quality.
Northam announced parts of his upcoming state budget plan Wednesday related to water issues.
The Democratic governor wants to increase funding for a program meant to help farmers improve water quality. He's also proposing to boost funding for a fund that helps cities and suburbs reduce pollution from storm-water runoff.
Judge lets EPA rework standards for rivers fished by tribes
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A Maine tribal nation is fighting a federal judge's move to allow the Environmental Protection Agency to rework former President Obama's administration's stricter water quality standards for rivers fished by tribes.
The Penobscot Nation asked the court Thursday to rule such Obama-era rules are needed to ensure tribal members' rights to fish for sustenance free from water pollution.
Smithfield fined for Sioux Falls wastewater violations
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota agency has fined Smithfield Foods more than $53,000 for wastewater violations at the company's Sioux Falls plant.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources says Virginia-based Smithfield violated its surface water discharge permit in August.
The penalty includes $26,900 for surface water quality violations and more than $26,000 for laboratory costs incurred by the agency.
Derby joins opposition against expanding landfill
DERBY, Vt. (AP) — The town of Derby says it has joined Newport in opposing the expansion of Vermont's only landfill.
Indiana gets $400K to boost water quality in Lake Erie basin
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana is getting more than $400,000 to boost efforts to improve water quality in Lake Erie's western basin.
The State Department of Agriculture will use the funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for workshops for farmers, expanding soil and manure testing and other efforts.
Audit flags problems with Portland’s environmental agency
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A new audit finds problems with how the City of Portland is managing environmental restoration projects and "green streets" designed to control stormwater.
OPB reports that the Bureau of Environmental Services is spending millions on projects aimed at improving water quality, restoring wildlife habitat and preventing flooding, but auditors with the City of Portland found the bureau often can't prove those projects are meeting their goals.
Environmentalists go to court to fight PolyMet mine permits
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Several environmental groups went to court Monday to challenge the state Department of Natural Resources' decision to grant the key permits needed for the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota.