Water environment - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Water environment Climate change taking toll on clarity of Lake Tahoe water CRYSTAL BAY, Nev. (AP) — Climate change is causing Lake Tahoe to warm sooner in the spring than it has historically, disrupting the normal mixing of shallow and deep water and undercutting gains made in reversing the loss of clarity of the cobalt mountain lake, scientists say. "Climate change is impacting not only Lake Tahoe's water quality, but also the ... Mon, 22 May 2017 19:32:00 GMT 2017-05-22T19:32:00Z Charges shed light on sea cucumber smuggling at US border SAN DIEGO (AP) — Charges against a father-son partnership for allegedly smuggling more than $17 million worth of sea cucumbers to the United States and exporting them to Asia sheds light on a growing and lucrative illegal cross-border trade. David Mayorquin and his father, Ramon Torres Mayorquin, are accused of a scheme to buy the illegally harvested anim... Sat, 20 May 2017 04:41:00 GMT 2017-05-20T04:41:00Z Family business charged with smuggling sea cucumbers to US SAN DIEGO (AP) — A father and son have been indicted on charges of smuggling illegally harvested sea cucumbers worth more than $17 million into the United States and selling the Chinese delicacy on Asian markets. Depending on the species, sea cucumbers can go for as much as $300 a pound in China and Hong Kong, authorities say. Ramon Torres Mayorquin and h... Fri, 19 May 2017 04:23:00 GMT 2017-05-19T04:23:00Z US trumpets Mosul gains, but Iraq says more aid needed HAMAM AL-ALIL, Iraq (AP) — During a visit south of Mosul on Monday, a senior U.S. official praised territorial gains against the Islamic State group in Iraq, but local officials cautioned more aid is needed to rebuild on the heels of victories against the extremists. The Mosul fight is approaching its "final stages," Brett McGurk, special presidential env... Mon, 15 May 2017 19:10:00 GMT 2017-05-15T19:10:00Z Daikon's $5 million Alabama water pollution payment approved DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge has approved a partial settlement in a lawsuit over contaminated drinking water in north Alabama. The Decatur Daily ( ) reports that U.S. District Judge Abdul Kallon has approved a $5 million payment by Daikin America to end its part of the case. Most of that payment will help pay for a temporary filtration system for... Thu, 11 May 2017 15:35:00 GMT 2017-05-11T15:35:00Z Environmental groups sue EPA over rollback of pollution rule WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmentalists and public health advocates are going to court to fight the Trump administration's move to rewrite Obama-era rules limiting water pollution from coal-fired power plants. A coalition of about a dozen groups filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the Environmental Protection Agency in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District... Wed, 03 May 2017 20:34:00 GMT 2017-05-03T20:34:00Z EPA asks what rules to cut, gets earful about dirty water WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration got an earful Tuesday from people who say federal rules limiting air and water pollution aren't tough enough, even as it was seeking suggestions about what environmental regulations it should gut. The Environmental Protection Agency held a three-hour "virtual listening session" on Tuesday to collect public commen... Tue, 02 May 2017 21:27:00 GMT 2017-05-02T21:27:00Z Toxic mine pollution halted near scenic Washington lake SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Toxic mine pollution is no longer flowing into Washington state's picturesque Lake Chelan for the first time in nearly 60 years because of a $500 million cleanup to contain contamination from the a mine, officials said this week. The payoff of the mine cleanup means that clean water now flows into a creek that feeds the lake, a prime... Tue, 02 May 2017 18:50:00 GMT 2017-05-02T18:50:00Z Review: Coal terminal would boost global climate-warming gas SEATTLE (AP) — A coal-export terminal proposed in Washington state would increase cancer risks for some residents, make rail accidents more likely and add millions of metric tons of climate-changing greenhouse gas globally every year, according to an environmental study released Friday. Millennium Bulk Terminals-Longview wants to build the facility along ... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 00:22:00 GMT 2017-04-29T00:22:00Z California says oceans could rise higher than thought SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — New climate-change findings mean the Pacific Ocean off California may rise higher, and storms and high tides hit harder, than previously thought, officials said. The state's Ocean Protection Council on Wednesday revised upward its predictions for how much water off California will rise as the climate warms. The forecast helps agencies in the nation's mos... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 22:20:00 GMT 2017-04-27T22:20:00Z Monument review includes oceans, tribal lands and Sequoias SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — President Donald Trump's call to review 24 national monuments established by three former presidents puts in limbo protections on large swaths of land home to ancient cliff dwellings, towering Sequoias, deep, canyons and oceans habitats where seals, whales and sea turtles roam. Trump and other critics say presidents have lost sight o... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 08:19:00 GMT 2017-04-27T08:19:00Z Environmentalists sue government for Lake Erie's toxic algae TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Environmental groups in Ohio and Michigan sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday, accusing it of dragging its feet on protecting Lake Erie from harmful algae that have fouled drinking water supplies in recent years. The federal lawsuit said the agency's lack of action is delaying steps that could combat the algae bloo... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:45:00 GMT 2017-04-25T19:45:00Z In Mexico, fears a new plant will kill wastewater farming TEPATEPEC, Mexico (AP) — For more than 100 years, most of what gets flushed down Mexico City's toilets has resurfaced two hours to the north in the rivers and reservoirs of the rural Mezquital Valley. A massive new water treatment plant is about to change this. But rather than welcoming the prospect of cleaner water, angry farmers are demanding the govern... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 22:31:00 GMT 2017-04-24T22:31:00Z Court delays action on rules cutting power plant pollution WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court has granted a request from the Trump administration to delay a decision on Obama-era rules limiting water pollution from coal-fired power plants. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans says it won't consider a lawsuit over the rules for at least 120 days. Environmental Protection Agency... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:55:00 GMT 2017-04-24T17:55:00Z Want to own a town? Tiny Oregon community for sale for $3.5M TILLER, Ore. (AP) — In the tiny, dying timber town of Tiller, the old cliche is true. If you blink, you might actually miss it. But these days, this dot on a map in southwestern Oregon is generating big-city buzz for an unlikely reason: Almost the entire town is for sale. The asking price of $3.5 million brings with it six houses, the s... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 23:37:00 GMT 2017-04-21T23:37:00Z AP Exclusive: Missteps made in handling of dam crisis OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Late in the afternoon of Feb. 12, Sheriff Kory Honea was at the emergency operations center for the tallest dam in America when he overheard someone say something that stopped him in his tracks: "This is not good." Over six straight days, the operators of the Oroville Dam had said there was no immediate danger after water surging d... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 01:30:00 GMT 2017-04-20T01:30:00Z Flint mayor says water switch 'too risky' after lead crisis FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Flint's mayor reversed course Tuesday and recommended that the Michigan city beset by a man-made crisis that left the water supply contaminated with lead continue getting its drinking water from a Detroit-area system long term, saying a third switch would be too risky and expensive. Flint would remain a customer of the Great Lakes Wate... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 21:31:00 GMT 2017-04-18T21:31:00Z Canada glacier melt rerouted in rare case of 'river piracy' WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists have witnessed the first modern case of what they call "river piracy" and they blame global warming. Most of the water gushing from a large glacier in northwest Canada last year suddenly switched from one river to another. That changed the Slims River from a 10-foot (3 meters) deep, raging river to something so shallow that it... Mon, 17 Apr 2017 17:17:00 GMT 2017-04-17T17:17:00Z EPA moves to undo tougher pollution limits on coal plants WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is moving to rewrite Obama-era rules limiting water pollution from coal-fired power plants. Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, sent a letter announcing his decision to a coalition of energy companies that lobbied against the 2015 water pollution regulations. ... Fri, 14 Apr 2017 20:08:00 GMT 2017-04-14T20:08:00Z Chicago agency finds high level of spilled chemical in lake PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — A water sample from Lake Michigan near a wastewater spill at a U.S. Steel plant in Indiana contained an elevated level of a potentially carcinogenic chemical but well below federal safety standards, the Chicago Department of Water Management said Thursday. A sample containing 2 parts per billion of hexavalent chromium was taken in the... Fri, 14 Apr 2017 00:18:00 GMT 2017-04-14T00:18:00Z Hunter's find leads to discovery of prehistoric sea creature HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A fossil found by an elk hunter in Montana nearly seven years ago has led to the discovery of a new species of prehistoric sea creature that lived about 70 million years ago in the inland sea that flowed east of the Rocky Mountains. The new species of elasmosaur is detailed in an article published Thursday in the Journal of Vertebrate... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 21:57:00 GMT 2017-04-13T21:57:00Z Indian green watchdog: Festival massively damaged river bank NEW DELHI (AP) — An expert panel appointed by India's top environmental watchdog has said that damage caused by a cultural festival held on the banks of the Yamuna River a year ago would need at least a decade to be fixed. The panel set up by the National Green Tribunal after the Art of Living Foundation's World Culture Festival said Wednesday that restor... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 11:31:00 GMT 2017-04-13T11:31:00Z EPA: US Steel leaks chemical into Lake Michigan tributary PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — A spill at a U.S. Steel plant in northern Indiana that sent wastewater containing a potentially carcinogenic chemical into a Lake Michigan tributary was apparently caused by a pipe failure but testing has found none of that toxic substance in the lake, the company and federal officials said Wednesday. Tuesday's spill of an unknown amo... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 23:40:00 GMT 2017-04-12T23:40:00Z Claims target California city over dental clinic infections ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Attorneys representing children who got infections during dental treatments have filed 58 claims against a Southern California city, alleging it provided contaminated water to a clinic. Attorneys say they're still determining how the water at Children's Dental Group sickened dozens of kids who underwent pulpotomies, or baby tooth ro... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 17:30:00 GMT 2017-04-12T17:30:00Z Rescued California sea lions showed signs of poisoning LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Marine experts say 12 pregnant female sea lions rescued in Southern California waters exhibited signs of poisoning that may be linked to toxic ocean algae blooms. Officials say the sea lions exhibited symptoms of domoic acid poisoning, a neurological toxin created by the blooms. The Orange County Register rep... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 17:34:00 GMT 2017-04-11T17:34:00Z Iowa town's editor wins Pulitzer for taking on farm groups DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The owner of a small-town Iowa newspaper who took on powerful agricultural groups for allowing nitrogen runoff to pollute lakes and streams and wrote that the state "has the dirtiest surface water in America," has won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing. Art Cullen, who owns the Storm Lake Times with his brother John, acknowle... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 15:53:00 GMT 2017-04-11T15:53:00Z California governor declares historic drought over _ for now FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Thirsty California lawns faded to brown from a lack of water in four extraordinarily dry years have revived to bright green in neighborhoods across the state. Dry riverbeds of sand and tumbleweeds that snake their way through farmers' fields now charge with water swelling up their banks. Scenes like these and many ... Sat, 08 Apr 2017 13:33:00 GMT 2017-04-08T13:33:00Z Losses from Colorado mine spill may be less than feared DENVER (AP) — Economic damage from a Colorado mine waste spill caused by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency might be far less than originally feared after attorneys drastically reduced some of the larger claims, The Associated Press has learned. Farmers, business owners, residents and others initially said they suffered $1.2 billion in lost income, ... Mon, 03 Apr 2017 22:22:00 GMT 2017-04-03T22:22:00Z Desperation sets in as flood death toll in Colombia tops 200 MOCOA, Colombia (AP) — Townspeople desperately searched their ruined homes and the local hospital for loved ones Sunday after a torrent of water, mud and debris swept through a city in southern Colombia, causing more than 200 deaths, many of them children, and leaving hundreds more missing and injured. Neighborhoods were left strewn with rocks, wooden pla... Mon, 03 Apr 2017 00:01:00 GMT 2017-04-03T00:01:00Z Birds blamed for fire at Massachusetts water treatment plant PEABODY, Mass. (AP) — A fire that knocked a Massachusetts city's water treatment plant out of commission has been blamed on birds. Peabody Fire Lt. Chris Dowling tells The Salem News ( ) it appears the March 13 blaze was caused by nesting birds that chewed the insulation on an electrical wire on an exterior light fixture. ... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 14:32:00 GMT 2017-03-29T14:32:00Z