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  • Barge tips, vehicles fall into Victoria harbor Friday, 28 Aug 2015 | 9:49 PM ET

    VICTORIA, British Columbia— British Columbia's Ministry of Environment says a barge has tipped in Victoria's harbor, dumping as many as 20 vehicles into the water. The ministry says the barge was being loaded by metal recycling company Schnitzer Steel in an area of the harbor just north of the city's downtown core. Seaspan is the barge owner, and the ministry says...

  • EPA: Clean water rule in effect despite court ruling Friday, 28 Aug 2015 | 2:37 PM ET

    The EPA says the rule, which took effect Friday in more than three dozen states, will safeguard drinking water for millions of Americans. The House has ignored a White House veto threat and passed a bill to block it, and a Senate committee has passed a measure that would force the EPA to withdraw and rewrite it. The senators— two Democrats and two Republicans— said in an...

  • ANCHORAGE, Alaska— Strong winds and high waves that pounded the northern coast of Alaska have led Royal Dutch Shell PLC to temporarily stop exploratory oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean. "Due to high wind and sea states, we have paused all critical operations in the Chukchi Sea," said spokesman Curtis Smith in an email response to questions. The eastern Chukchi Sea...

  • BILLINGS, Mont.— Members of a federal cleanup crew were initially trapped and unable to warn downstream communities that they had accidentally unleashed toxic waste water from a Colorado gold mine, according to government documents released Thursday. During that time, a trickle of water started by excavation work at the site grew to a torrent and 3 million...

  • Group sues over bottling plant in parched California Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 | 10:55 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— A group of neighbors and activists has sued bottled water company Crystal Geyser and Siskiyou County over plans to build a bottling plant near Mount Shasta in parched Northern California. The San Francisco Chronicle reports Wednesday that the suit accuses Crystal Geyser of pushing through an illegal plan to suck thousands of gallons of water...

  • Waikiki water tested for bacteria after sewage spill Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 | 3:12 AM ET

    HONOLULU— Hawaii's white sand beaches in Waikiki were mostly deserted after officials warned the public about a half-million-gallon sewage spill in Ala Moana Beach Park, which is adjacent to the world-famous tourist destination. The Department of Health was testing a 4- mile stretch of waterfront from Kapahulu Avenue in Waikiki to Point Panic in Kakaako.

  • The American Red Cross, a leading trainer of lifeguards, has taken note and added training for extreme shallow water rescues. "We pretty much have an ambulance call every weekend," said Brian Machemer, superintendent of the Rolling Hills Water Park in Ypsilanti Township. While no figures are available for overall waterpark injuries, the Red Cross cited U.S....

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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 "...