New federal grant program allots $10M for dams in 26 states

U.S. 11/10/19, 04:45

Built for irrigation in 1884, Smith Reservoir in Colorado no longer can hold as much water as it once did. To keep the dam from leaking, the water level at the suburban Denver reservoir is kept at least 2 feet below the level of the spillway — a critical safety precaution ...

Will higher Missouri River levels mean more flooding? Yes

U.S. 06/06/19, 13:46

The surging Missouri River is being filled with more than twice the normal amount of water from an upstream reservoir so more flooding is likely, and the heavy releases may continue for months.The flooding could be particularly bad in communities that sit behind levees that were damaged by massive flooding ...

Missouri River will remain high because of water from dams

U.S. 06/06/19, 08:19

The amount of water being released into the lower Missouri River from upstream dams will remain at a high level for several months because of recent heavy rain and remaining snowpack.The Army Corps of Engineers says it expects water releases from reservoirs on the Missouri to be above average through ...

Army Corps approves $778M plan to block Asian carp advance

Science 05/24/19, 15:17

The head of the Army Corps of Engineers has sent Congress a $778 million plan to fortify an Illinois waterway with noisemakers, electric cables and other devices in the hope that they will prevent Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes, where the aggressive invaders could leave other fish with ...

Engineers raise risk level for Southern California dam

U.S. 05/17/19, 14:41

A new assessment by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers raises concern about the potential for failure of the spillway of a flood control dam on a Southern California river where 1.4 million people live downstream.The Corps said Thursday it has changed the risk characterization of Prado Dam from moderate ...

Salmon-eating sea lions targeted at Columbia River dam

U.S. 05/03/19, 12:45

More California sea lions preying on imperiled salmon in the Columbia River below a hydroelectric project on the Oregon-Washington border are being killed under a revised policy, federal authorities said Friday. The National Marine Fisheries Service made public reduced criteria for removing sea lions at Bonneville Dam about 145 miles (235 ...

Pacific Northwest tribal fishing bill clears US House

U.S. 04/30/19, 16:40

Pacific Northwest tribes fighting to get the U.S. government to fully compensate them for the loss of dozens of homes and traditional fishing encampments to flooding caused by hydroelectric dams rejoiced Tuesday after federal legislation to address their cause cleared a first hurdle.A key bill that cleared the U.S. House ...

Illinois governor OKs first steps on blocking Asian carp

U.S. 04/29/19, 13:27

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker says he is willing to take initial steps toward fortifying a lock-and-dam system on a Chicago-area waterway so it can protect Lake Michigan from invasive Asian carp.Pritzker, a Democrat, told the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in a letter Friday that he had authorized the state's ...

Update: Agency that runs Missouri River dams criticized

U.S. 04/17/19, 09:21

The Latest on a U.S. Senate hearing being held in Iowa in the wake of massive flooding in the region (all times local):9:20 a.m.The federal agency that manages dams along the Missouri River received stern criticism from several U.S. senators at the start of a hearing examining this year's flooding.In ...

Update: California dam’s rebuilt spillway to be reused

U.S. 04/02/19, 11:56

The Latest on the first use of the nation's tallest dam in two years (all times local):9:55 a.m.California officials say they will start letting water out of the nation's tallest dam into the newly-rebuilt spillway Tuesday for the first time in two years.This Feb. 20, 2019, photo shows the Oroville ...

1st use of California dam’s rebuilt spillway anticipated

U.S. 04/02/19, 00:05

Water will rush down the rebuilt spillway at the nation's tallest dam for the first time since it crumbled in heavy rain two years ago and drove hundreds of thousands of California residents from their homes over fears of catastrophic flooding.The state Department of Water Resources said it anticipated releasing ...

Arizona Sen. McSally promises swift action on drought plan

U.S. 03/27/19, 16:23

U.S. Sen. Martha McSally vowed Wednesday to take quick action on a plan to preserve a drought-stricken Colorado River, which serves about 40 million people in the U.S. West and Mexico.Seven states are looking to Congress to pass legislation to implement drought contingency plans that would mean voluntary cuts to ...

Waters start to slowly recede in parts of flooded South

U.S. 02/28/19, 17:05

The Tennessee Valley Authority says river levels in its expansive network of waterways are starting to recede, but flood-stricken residents should not exhale just yet as TVA continues to release water from dams and forecasters predict more rain in the coming days.TVA River Forecast Center manager James Everett says river ...

Waste from collapsed dam kills aquatic live in Brazil river

Enviroment 02/28/19, 15:15

A Brazilian environmentalist group says that toxic waste from a mine dam collapse wiped out life in more than half the Paraopeba River that flows past the city where the disaster occurred.SOS Mata Atlantica said environmentalists traveled 305 of the river's 510 kilometers (190 of 315 miles) and found that ...

Mississippi sues federal government over river flooding

U.S. 02/11/19, 19:31

The state of Mississippi on Monday sued the federal government, claiming a dam complex in Louisiana that keeps the Mississippi River from changing course is harming state land.The suit seeks at least $25 million in damages and touches on one of the most sensitive engineering questions in the nation — ...

Environmental group tests water after Brazil dam collapse

Enviroment 01/31/19, 13:26

An environmental group in Brazil has begun testing river water in areas around where a dam holding back mine waste collapsed.SOS Mata Atlantica made the first of several tests on Thursday about 0.6 miles (1 kilometer) away from where a dam owned and operated by Vale collapsed.Preliminary results in the ...

Waste unleashed from Brazil dam on its way to a larger river

Enviroment 01/30/19, 00:03

A torrent of muddy mining waste unleashed by a dam breach that killed at least 84 people in southeastern Brazil is now heading down a small river with high concentrations of iron oxide, threatening to contaminate a much larger river that provides drinking water to communities in five of the ...

Explains: What are dangers of mining waste in Brazil?

Enviroment 01/28/19, 19:06

As rescuers in Brazil search for survivors of a dam collapse, questions abound about the health and environmental risks of the thick, brown, metal-laden mine waste that flowed over buildings. The accident comes after the United Nations and others warned that dam failures in the mining industry are becoming increasingly ...

Environmentalists sound alarm after Brazilian dam disaster

Enviroment 01/27/19, 14:17

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.Mining giant Vale said the thick, slow-moving mud that is spreading down the ...

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