Lakes - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Lakes A look at Disney World's new Pandora-World of Avatar land LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — It's not a movie set, but visitors to Disney World's new Pandora-World of Avatar land are in for a cinematic experience. The 12-acre land, inspired by the "Avatar" movie, opens in Florida in late May at Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom. It cost a half-billion dollars to build. The marquee attraction is Fl... Mon, 08 May 2017 23:30:00 GMT 2017-05-08T23:30:00Z New rules or rain? Lake Ontario residents seethe over floods Four months after an international body approved a new plan for regulating Lake Ontario's water level, property owners who had claimed the rules favored muskrat lodges over lakeside homes are piling sandbags against just the kind of floodwaters they had feared. But a joint U.S.-Canadian commission says its new rules aren't to blame for the waves crashing ... Wed, 03 May 2017 17:29:00 GMT 2017-05-03T17:29:00Z Rare example of early canal boat in New York lake SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Three scuba divers say they've discovered a rare example of an early Erie Canal boat on the bottom of an upstate New York lake. The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports ( ) Timothy Caza, Timothy Downing and Christopher Martin, all of Oswego County, found the shipwreck in Oneida Lake in 2011. Ben Ford, a maritime archaeologist at Indian... Wed, 03 May 2017 14:19:00 GMT 2017-05-03T14:19:00Z 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 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 Documents shed light on officials' actions during dam crisis OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — An Associated Press examination has revealed federal and state managers made a series of questionable decisions before and during a recent crisis at America's tallest dam. For nearly a week in February, Oroville Dam managers assured the public there was no immediate danger after a massive crack opened in the main concrete chute that carries water from... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 21:53:00 GMT 2017-04-19T21:53:00Z 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 Massive flooding turns a New York park into small lake STILLWATER, N.Y. (AP) — A park in upstate New York has been flooded by 1 million gallons of water and turned into a lake. The Post-Star reports ( ) that part of the Saratoga National Historical Park has been flooded with water from an unknown source since last year. The accidental lake at the parking area is estimated to be 3 feet deep and stretching mor... Mon, 17 Apr 2017 14:14:00 GMT 2017-04-17T14:14:00Z 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 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 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 Boats left high and dry by drought back on Great Salt Lake SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Dozens of beached sailboats that spent two years on the shore of Utah's drought-stricken Great Salt Lake were hoisted on cranes back into the briny waters Thursday after winter storms raised lake levels. "Mother Nature has been very kind to us," said Janet Robins, the commodore of the 140-year-old Great Salt Lake Yacht Club, comprise... Thu, 06 Apr 2017 23:19:00 GMT 2017-04-06T23:19:00Z Louisiana orchestra performs on moving boats on a lake NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra 's upcoming performance of "New Water Music" will literally be on the water. Musicians will perform from the decks of a moored barge and moving shrimp boats on Lake Ponchartrain (PONCH-uh-trane) — the big tidal basin bordering New Orleans. More than a dozen additional shrimp boats will move in patterns and dip and raise... Thu, 06 Apr 2017 22:54:00 GMT 2017-04-06T22:54:00Z Louisiana orchestra performs on barge, moving boats on lake NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The upcoming Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra concert will literally be on the water. Musicians will perform from the decks of a moored barge and moving shrimp boats on Lake Ponchartrain (PONCH-uh-trane) — the big tidal basin bordering New Orleans. More than a dozen additional shrimp boats will move in patterns and dip and raise their nets in a stately bal... Thu, 06 Apr 2017 17:56:00 GMT 2017-04-06T17:56:00Z Company, US want Dakota Access pipeline lake crossing upheld BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The company building the $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline and the Army Corps of Engineers want a judge to reject a request by American Indian tribes to revoke permission for the project to cross a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota. Oil might already be flowing under Lake Oahe, but the Standing Rock, Cheyenne River, Yank... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:39:00 GMT 2017-03-24T17:39:00Z California Guard helps Sierra town remove huge snowpack MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. (AP) — The Eastern Sierra town of Mammoth Lakes got so much snow this winter that it had to get removal help from the California National Guard. Faced with more than 40 feet (12 meters) of snow, the Mono County community declared a state of emergency and a request for snow removal assistance was sent to the state Office of Emergency Services, which call... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:15:00 GMT 2017-03-24T16:15:00Z Republicans join Democrats against Trump's Great Lakes cuts TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — It sounds like an idea that would warm a conservative Republican's heart: Kill funding of a regional environmental cleanup that has lasted seven years and cost the federal government more than $2 billion, with no end in sight. If states want to keep the program going, let them pick up the tab. That is what President Donald Trum... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 19:47:00 GMT 2017-03-17T19:47:00Z Many Trump voters would feel program cuts in budget proposal WASHINGTON (AP) — The closure of a regional airport could force residents of a small town in upper Michigan to drive eight hours to catch a flight. The elimination of funding to keep the Great Lakes clean could hurt business at a waterside Ohio boating club. Cuts to the nation's flood insurance program could mean greater losses after a storm for homeowners on Florida's Gulf ... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 14:19:00 GMT 2017-03-17T14:19:00Z California: $400 million plan to slow largest lake shrinkage SAN DIEGO (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown's administration on Thursday proposed spending nearly $400 million over 10 years to slow the shrinking of the state's largest lake just as it is expected to evaporate an accelerated pace. The plan involves building ponds on the northern and southern ends of the Salton Sea, a salty, desert lake that has suffered... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 22:38:00 GMT 2017-03-16T22:38:00Z US and Canadian scientists to study cross-border flooding MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — U.S. and Canadian scientists are planning to spend the next five years studying flooding on Lake Champlain and the Richelieu River, which drains the lake north into Quebec, and whether methods can be developed to control future flooding. Besides studying the causes of past floods, particularly the historic floods in 2011, the scient... Sat, 04 Mar 2017 15:46:00 GMT 2017-03-04T15:46:00Z Climate, other programs get deep cuts in EPA budget proposal WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration would slash programs aimed at slowing climate change and improving water safety and air quality, while eliminating thousands of jobs, according to a draft of the Environmental Protection Agency budget proposal obtained by The Associated Press. Under the tentative plan from the Office of Management and Budget, the... Sat, 04 Mar 2017 03:43:00 GMT 2017-03-04T03:43:00Z Power plant restarted at California's troubled Oroville Dam SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Crews began restarting a power plant Friday at the base of Oroville Dam, allowing them to release water from the Northern California lake without having to send it over a badly damaged spillway, officials said. The move is a major milestone in the race to protect Oroville and downstream communities from the threat of flooding, sa... Fri, 03 Mar 2017 21:57:00 GMT 2017-03-03T21:57:00Z Study: Global warming is shrinking river vital to 40M people DENVER (AP) — Global warming is already shrinking the Colorado River, the most important waterway in the American Southwest, and it could reduce the flow by more than a third by the end of the century, two scientists say. The river's volume has dropped more than 19 percent during a drought gripping the region since 2000, and a shortage of rain and snow ca... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 23:37:00 GMT 2017-02-23T23:37:00Z What we know so far about problems at the tallest US dam It's been more than a week since engineers at the nation's tallest dam noticed damage to its emergency spillway, launching a series of events that culminated with the threat of catastrophic flooding and the two-day evacuation of nearly 200,000 California residents downstream. Officials said Thursday that they are confident the lake behind Oroville Dam wil... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 03:46:00 GMT 2017-02-17T03:46:00Z Evacuation lifted for 200K Californians living below dam OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Nearly 200,000 Northern Californians who live downstream of the country's tallest dam were allowed to return home Tuesday after two nights of uncertainty, but they were warned they may have to again flee to higher ground on a moment's notice if hastily made repairs to the battered structure don't hold. The fixes could be put to the... Wed, 15 Feb 2017 02:22:00 GMT 2017-02-15T02:22:00Z Ohio moves forward with strategy to combat Lake Erie's algae TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's blueprint for combating the algae in Lake Erie that has become a threat to drinking water calls for targeting specific watersheds and developing a monitoring network within the next year. The strategy — first released last May and finalized just this past week — outlines how Ohio plans to reach its goal of sharply cutting the ph... Tue, 14 Feb 2017 17:54:00 GMT 2017-02-14T17:54:00Z Lake Oroville critical to California's complex water system SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Lake Oroville and its dam in Northern California are critical components in California's complex water-delivery system. Damage to spillways that are used to drop water levels in the lake and relieve pressure on the dam prompted evacuation orders covering nearly 200,000 people. Here's a look at Lake Oroville and its place in California's water system ... Tue, 14 Feb 2017 08:52:00 GMT 2017-02-14T08:52:00Z 188,000 under evacuation orders near Northern California dam OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — At least 188,000 people remain under evacuation orders after Northern California authorities warned an emergency spillway in the country's tallest dam was in danger of failing Sunday and unleashing uncontrolled flood waters on towns below. About 150 miles northeast of San Francisco, Lake Oroville is one of California's largest man-... Mon, 13 Feb 2017 07:22:00 GMT 2017-02-13T07:22:00Z Sacrificing California spillway may avoid emergency releases OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — California may avoid emergency releases from a rain-choked reservoir by further sacrificing a rapidly deteriorating concrete spillway while still protecting Oroville Dam, state officials said Friday. The California Department of Water Resources significantly increased releases from Lake Oroville even though unexpected erosion chewe... Sat, 11 Feb 2017 01:17:00 GMT 2017-02-11T01:17:00Z Army to allow completion of Dakota Access oil pipeline BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Army said Tuesday that it will allow the $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline to cross under a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota, clearing the way for completion of the disputed four-state project. However, construction could still be delayed because the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, which has led opposition, said it would... Wed, 08 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT 2017-02-08T00:00:00Z