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  • WARSAW, Poland— Poland will pay more than 500 million zlotys in compensation to the thousands of farmers who have lost crops and fodder because of drought and unusually high temperatures, the agriculture minister said Tuesday. That brought river and groundwater levels down and restricted navigation on Europe's second largest river, the Danube in Romania, and...

  • Navajo farmers reject use of water after mine spill Tuesday, 25 Aug 2015 | 8:47 AM ET

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.— One of the largest communities of Navajo farmers along the San Juan River has voted to keep irrigation canals closed for at least a year following a spill of toxic sludge at a Colorado gold mine. The unanimous vote by more than 100 farmers in Shiprock, New Mexico, was heart-wrenching and guarantees the loss of many crops, Shiprock Chapter President...

  • Documents released by U.S. officials have revealed that the Environmental Protection Agency knew of the potential for a blowout of toxic wastewater from a Colorado mine more than a year before a government cleanup team accidentally triggered such a release earlier this month. About 3 million gallons of water from the mine flowed into Colorado's Animas...

  • EPA knew of 'blowout' risk for tainted water at gold mine Saturday, 22 Aug 2015 | 12:42 AM ET

    The EPA released the documents late Friday following weeks of prodding from The Associated Press and other media organizations. The plan was produced by Environmental Restoration LLC, a private contractor working for the EPA. EPA spokeswoman Melissa Harrison said Saturday she could not immediately answer questions about the matter.

  • North Dakota is leading a lawsuit filed on June 29 challenging an Obama administration rule that gives the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers authority to protect some streams, tributaries and wetlands under the Clean Water Act. District Judge Ralph Erickson in North Dakota to suspend the new guidelines they claim are...

  • PHOENIX— The tiny seedling was brought over from Eastern Europe and parts of Asia nearly 200 years ago and planted along riverbanks across the United States, mostly in the Southwest, to prevent erosion. It was brought to the U.S. as a method to prevent erosion along bodies of water like the Colorado River. The invasive plant is difficult to eradicate because of its...

  • HOUSTON, Aug 21- Top shale oil producer Pioneer Natural Resources Co has found an unusual way to both save water and cut costs for its wells: tapping the treated runoff from toilets, sinks and showers in west Texas. Producers are also trying to mitigate long-term risks of water scarcity in the arid Permian Basin of West Texas, where the top U.S. oilfield is situated.

  • Even in the drought, America is leaking water Thursday, 20 Aug 2015 | 6:34 PM ET
    Submerged cars resulting from a water main break in Los Angeles in February.

    One-third of the country is in a drought, according to the federal government. At the same time, America is losing a lot of the water it still has.

  • The EPA said in recent days that poisons including lead and thallium have been detected in river sediment samples collected from the Animas River, which travels from Colorado into northern New Mexico, joining the San Juan River before emptying into Lake Powell along the Utah- Arizona border. In Colorado, contaminants exceeding drinking-water standards were...

  • Why drought-struck California is demolishing a dam Thursday, 20 Aug 2015 | 11:45 AM ET
    Workmen stand at the base of the largest dam removal in California history: workers tearing down the San Clemente Dam in Monterey County.

    With California mired in drought, it might seem odd there's a dam demolition underway.

  • The Central California Irrigation District recently spent $4.5 million to raise the walls of a canal, and the district's manager, Christopher White, says they're about to invest another $2.5 million to replace a bridge that's now below the canal's water line. Sinking land has occurred for decades in California because of excessive groundwater pumping...

  • FRESNO, Calif.— Vast areas of California's Central Valley are sinking faster than in the past as massive amounts of groundwater are pumped during the historic drought, state officials said Wednesday, citing new research by NASA scientists. Sinking land has occurred for decades in California because of excessive groundwater pumping during dry years, but the...

  • Last official charged in chemical spill pleads guilty Wednesday, 19 Aug 2015 | 11:35 AM ET

    CHARLESTON, W.Va.— The executive who appeared unsympathetic when he spoke to the public after a chemical spill sullied tap water for 300,000 people pleaded guilty Wednesday to pollution charges and could face up to three years in prison. Freedom Industries President Gary Southern, who told reporters a day after the January 2014 spill that he had had a "long day"...

  • Drought will cost California $2.74 billion in 2015 Tuesday, 18 Aug 2015 | 4:48 PM ET
    A worker plows a field in Firebaugh, California.

    California's drought will cause the state to lose as much as $2.74 billion and nearly 21,000 total jobs this year, said a report released Tuesday.

  • PITTSFIELD, N.H.— A revised proposal to carry hydropower from Canada through New Hampshire calls for more buried transmission lines, fewer power poles and less juice flowing to consumers. Bill Quinlan, president of Eversource Operations in New Hampshire, said Tuesday that the 192- mile Northern Pass would be buried for a total of 60 miles, including for 52 miles...

  • "Planning for right-of-way needs, that is the key part of your normal planning process," said Roger Patterson, assistant general manager for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, one of the water agencies that would benefit from the twin tunnels. The district serves 17 million people in Southern California as well as large farms and...

  • OKLAHOMA CITY— The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality is proposing a record environmental fine of nearly $3.2 million against a company hired to treat water in a town in far southeastern Oklahoma. A department investigation determined Severn Trent Services failed to meet minimum chlorine standards, putting potentially thousands of area...

  • Aug 12- A federal judge on Wednesday approved Exxon Mobil Corp's $5.07 million settlement of charges that it violated the federal Clean Water Act and state environmental laws in connection with a 2013 oil spill in central Arkansas. District Judge Kristine Baker in Little Rock, Arkansas called Exxon Mobil's consent decree with the United States and Arkansas "...

  • The preliminary offering statement from the Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority, or PRASA, dated Aug. 10, came just days after Puerto Rico failed to make a full payment due on bonds sold by its Public Finance Corp. The partial payment is considered a default by its creditors and ratings agencies, the first ever by the U.S. territory. "It hurt them, and they're...

  • Sewage flow becomes Williston's oil bust indicator Thursday, 6 Aug 2015 | 1:00 AM ET

    That's not going to catch any swift changes in the population of cities like Williston. "Here in Williston, the growth rate is not predictable," said David Tuan, director of the city's public works department. The recent high-water mark for Williston's population was 33,866 in August of last year, just before the oil price collapse.