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City to spend $300K to fix dam 5.3.2015 Durango Herald
City staff are in the process of repairing the city reservoir’s dam after they discovered a drain failure in December. The city was required to lower the water levels in Roger’s Reservoir for safety reasons, and the water will not be raised until the drain is fixed, said Utilities Director Steve Salka. The Durango...
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This Is Where America Gets Almost All Its Winter Lettuce 5.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Unless you're a homesteader, a Sunbelt resident who eats only food from your local farmers market, or an extremely devout carnivore, you've almost certainly eaten lettuce from Yuma, Arizona, a city of 93,000 at the nexus of Arizona, California and Mexico. The Yuma area, including the Imperial Valley across the California border, produces about 90 percent of all the leafy vegetables grown in the United States from November to March, when it's too cold to grow produce in most of the rest of the country. If you're familiar with the geography of the American Southwest, you're probably scratching your head right now. Because Yuma is in the middle of the desert. It's probably most famous today as the sandy setting of the 2007 Western "3:10 To Yuma." So you may think Yuma looks something like this: Or this: And you'd be partially right. Both of those photos were taken on the outskirts of Yuma -- the first in the middle of Yuma Proving Grounds, a military testing site, and the second on the eastern edge of the ...
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Meet the drones patrolling the pipes of Barcelona's sewers 3.3.2015 Yahoo: Business

Meet the drones patrolling the pipes of Barcelona's sewersThe largest city on the Mediterranean Sea sits on giant flood-battling giant rainfall tanks, patrolled by drones to see what's going on in the sewers.>


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Appointed Officials Set to Okay Illegal Project 28.2.2015 Twin Cities Daily Planet
TC Daily Planet Two sets of appointed officials are lined up to okay a project that explicitly violates the law. MORE » Two sets of appointed officials are lined up to okay a project that explicitly violates the law. The Metropolitan Council is promoting sewer replacement construction that contravenes the Coldwater protection law by threatening the flow to this 10,000 year old spring. The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District is set to permit the project with assurances about "contingency plans" for unforeseen circumstances, "restoring" Coldwater Springs after "temporary" dewatering, and orders to monitor the spring daily during the 2-year construction project.    Take action. Ask that sewer construction be redesigned to the location of the current pipe without tearing up the north end of Minnehaha Park and threatening the flow to Coldwater Springs: Adam Duininck, Chair, Metropolitan Council, 651-602-1390 or adam [dot] duininck [at] metc [dot] state [dot] mn [dot] us Lars Erdahl, Administrator, Minnehaha ...
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Most Central Valley farmers unlikely to get federal water, again 28.2.2015 LA Times: Science
In another blow to California's parched heartland, federal officials said Friday that for the second year in a row most Central Valley farmers are unlikely to receive water from the region's major irrigation project this summer.
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Central Valley farmers unlikely to get federal water 28.2.2015 LA Times: Top News
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Water gushes after pipe bursts on Germantown street 27.2.2015 Yahoo: US National

Water gushes after pipe bursts on Germantown streetFire officials are investigating a water main break in the Germantown section of Philadelphia.


Should Californians Resurrect a Plan to Pipe in Water From Alaska? 26.2.2015 Wired Top Stories
In 1991, Alaska's governor proposed building a pipeline to bring his state's water to drought-stricken California. 25 years later, the state is in a worse drought, and the idea is still crazy as ...
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New round of winter weather hit the South, setting record snow falls in some areas 26.2.2015 Star Tribune: Nation
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The South feeling effects of another round of winter weather 26.2.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
A swath of the South was feeling the effects of another round of winter weather Thursday ...
19 Stuck Manatees Rescued From Florida Storm Drain 24.2.2015 NPR News
The manatees swam into the warm waters of the drainpipe after a recent cold snap, but were unable to turn around to get out.
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Manatees Rescued After Getting Trapped In Florida Storm Drain 24.2.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
ORLANDO, Fla., Feb 23 (Reuters) - About 20 Florida manatees were freed by early Tuesday morning from a storm drain near Cape Canaveral, where they were apparently trying to warm themselves, officials and local media said. Video footage showed a rescuer comforting one manatee floating at the opening of the pipe, which was cut open during the hours-long rescue. The footage, posted online by Central Florida News 13 and Florida Today newspaper, also showed a manatee being carried in a sling to a nearby canal, where it was released to cheers from onlookers, and two other manatees being petted after being hoisted out of the water by heavy machinery. The rescue in Satellite Beach, a town on the Atlantic coast 15 miles (24 km) south of Cape Canaveral, started mid-afternoon on Monday when Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission biologist, Ann Spellman, sounded the alarm, according to Florida Today. She told the paper that her hunch led city workers to check the 100-150 feet long drain ...
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More than a dozen manatees stuck in Florida drainage pipe 24.2.2015 World
By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - More than a dozen Florida manatees, apparently seeking greater warmth during a recent cold snap, swam into a large drainage pipe from a marine inlet near Cape Canaveral and got stuck, leading to an unorthodox rescue effort by wildlife officers. “It’s on the unusual side,” said Brandon Basino, spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, who confirmed that at least 12 of the slow-moving marine mammals, also known as sea cows, had become trapped. The rescue operation in the town of Satellite Beach, along the Atlantic coast 15 miles south of Cape Canaveral, was expected to continue through the night. Video footage from the scene posted online by News 13 and the Florida Today newspaper showed a rescuer comforting one manatee floating at the opening of the pipe.
DWP needs both transparency and investment to fix its problems 22.2.2015 LA Times: Commentary
Last week, an 89-year-old pipe burst in the Hollywood Hills, releasing at least 100,000 gallons of water that flooded the streets, cracked sidewalks and submerged cars. It was another reminder that the city's aging water infrastructure is increasingly at risk of failure. About 20% of pipes were...
Dozens displaced after water pipe burst in Deptford 21.2.2015 Yahoo: US National

Dozens displaced after water pipe burst in DeptfordDozens of residents are displaced after a water pipe broke in a Deptford apartment complex.


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Feds Charge Duke Energy With Violations Of Clean Water Act For Coal Ash Pollution 21.2.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal prosecutors filed multiple criminal charges against Duke Energy on Friday over years of illegal pollution leaking from coal ash dumps at five North Carolina power plants. The three U.S. Attorney's Offices covering the state charged Duke with nine misdemeanor counts involving violations of the Clean Water Act. The prosecutors say the nation's largest electricity company engaged in unlawful dumping at coal-fired power plants in Eden, Moncure, Asheville, Goldsboro and Mt. Holly. Duke said Friday in statements and court filings that it has already negotiated a plea agreement under which it will admit guilt and pay $102 million in fines, restitution and community service. The company said the costs of the settlement will be borne by its shareholders, not passed on to its electricity customers. The investigation into Duke began last February after a pipe collapsed under a coal ash dump at the Eden plant, coating 70 miles of the Dan River in gray sludge. However, prosecutors allege ...
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Feds Charge Duke Energy With Felony Violations Of Clean Water Act For Coal Ash Pollution 21.2.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal prosecutors have filed criminal charges against Duke Energy for illegal pollution from coal ash dumps at five North Carolina power plants.


The U.S. Attorney's Office in Raleigh charged Duke on Friday with felony violations of the Clean Water Act. The prosecutors say the nation's largest electricity company engaged in illegal dumping for years at coal-fired power plants in Eden, Moncure, Asheville, Goldsboro and Mt. Holly.


Duke said Friday that it expects to pay $102 million in fines and restitution in the case.


The investigation into Duke began last year after a pipe collapsed under a coal ash dump at the Eden plant, coating 70 miles of the Dan River in gray sludge. But in court filings, prosecutors allege there had been ongoing illegal dumping at the plants since 2010.

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Under more pressure in hilly areas, old water mains prone to breaks 19.2.2015 LA Times: Top News
Duke Energy Close To Reaching Coal Ash Spill Settlement With U.S. Government 18.2.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
* Says could reach settlement in "next several days" * Reports adjusted profit $0.86/share vs estimate of $0.88 * Says will repatriate $2.7 bln in foreign earnings * Reports loss of $301 mln from international business (Adds U.S. attorney's response, details on capex, updates shares) By Shubhankar Chakravorty and Swetha Gopinath Feb 18 (Reuters) - Duke Energy Corp said it could reach a settlement with the U.S. government in the "next several days" over a federal grand jury probe into a coal ash spill in North Carolina's Dan River last February. Duke has set aside $100 million in the fourth quarter in anticipation of the settlement, the company said in an earnings statement. A pipe break at a retired Duke coal plant triggered the third-worst coal ash spill in U.S. history, prompting North Carolina's Senate to ask Duke to close 33 coal ash ponds in the state within 15 years. U.S. Attorney Thomas Walker declined to comment. The company forecast a full-year profit below the average analyst ...
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Water main break floods Hollywood Hills neighborhood, submerges vehicles 18.2.2015 LA Times: Opinion
A water main break in the Hollywood Hills was flooding streets early Wednesday, leaving several vehicles in a parking garage submerged.
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