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UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 9, 2017, 11:15 a.m.

Big Idaho snowpack has water managers pleased and worried

Idaho has so much snow that water is already being released from some reservoirs for flood control and Idaho Power has halted most of its cloud-seeding operations. Water managers and …


Tri-Cities school districts testing water for lead, copper

Kennewick schools recently shut off or replaced roughly 54 water faucets and 20 drinking fountains as part of an initial round of tests for lead and copper.


Parasite found in Portland drinking water

Officials say a trace amount of cryptosporidium parasite has been found in a test of Portland drinking water for the fourth time this year.


Flint’s water plant upgrade cost rises to $108 million

A consultant says the cost of upgrading Flint’s water treatment plant is estimated at $108 million, up slightly from an earlier estimate.


Flint-area residents seek $700M from EPA over water crisis

More than 1,700 Flint-area residents and property owners are seeking more than $700 million in damages from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its handling of the city’s crisis with …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 24, 2017, 5:52 p.m.

Flint water has fallen below federal lead limit

Flint’s water system no longer has levels of lead exceeding the federal limit, a key finding that Michigan state environmental officials said Tuesday is good news for a city whose …


California snowpack measures low, but big storms coming

Surveyors plunged a pole into the Sierra Nevada snowpack on Tuesday and took the first manual measurement of the wet season, finding water content was about half of normal as …


Montana water district files suit over Yellowstone arsenic

A Montana water and sewer district is suing Yellowstone National Park over arsenic leaking from the park that infiltrates its sewage treatment system.


The Latest: Not-guilty pleas by 3 newly charged in Flint

Not-guilty pleas have been entered by three of the four people newly charged in the Flint water investigation.


Oregon health officials release map of schools’ lead tests

Oregon health officials have released an interactive map to allow people to look up results for drinking water lead tests in their local schools.


Oregon officials launch database for results of lead tests

State health and education officials in Oregon have launched an online database that allows parents to find out how much lead is in the water in their children’s school.


Order to disperse could have little effect on oil pipeline protest camp

A government order for protesters of the Dakota Access pipeline to leave federal land could have little immediate effect on the encampment where scores of people have been gathered for …


Salem dumps raw sewage into Willamette River during storm

The city of Salem says it dumped nearly 20 million gallons of raw sewage into the Willamette River last week after heavy rains overwhelmed its sewer system.


Tests show high lead levels in water at 60 Cleveland schools

Cleveland’s school district will replace hundreds of drinking fountains, restroom faucets, outdoor spigots and other water fixtures after tests found high lead levels in the water at 60 of its …


EPA orders Flint to outline fixes before water switch

Federal officials have outlined new steps Flint must take before switching its drinking water source again in the wake of its lead-contamination crisis.


Michigan may require lead screening of all young children

Michigan, where a man-made water crisis is still roiling one of its biggest cities, will consider requiring all infants and toddlers to be tested for lead poisoning as part of …


Dogs indicate presence of mussels in Montana reservoirs

Dogs trained to detect aquatic invasive species have alerted Montana officials to the presence of invasive mussels in two reservoirs.


Study blames low 2015 Western U.S. snowpack on high temperatures

Scientists looked at snow-measurement sites in California, Oregon, Washington, western Nevada and western Idaho. They found that in 2015, more than 80 percent of those sites experienced record low snowpack …


Water main break closes intersection in East Central Spokane until Wednesday

A water main burst Tuesday morning, blowing a hole in a street and flooding one home’s basement in Spokane’s East Central neighborhood. Water crews were called to a block of …


Class-action lawsuit seeks sweeping help for Flint students

Several families have filed a class-action lawsuit against the state of Michigan and the Flint school district, saying more needs to be done to help students whose academic performance and …


Flooded North Carolina farms are likely littered with drowned livestock

At least tens of thousands of chickens, hogs and other livestock are feared dead in floodwaters that washed over factory farms and towns in eastern North Carolina following Hurricane Matthew.


Flint can’t sue Michigan unless Michigan says it’s OK

Days after Flint Mayor Karen Weaver served notice that her city might file a lawsuit against the State of Michigan over the Flint drinking water crisis, the state removed Flint’s …


Scientists spot a rocky, Earth-like planet that could have liquid water

Pale blue dot, meet pale red dot. Astronomers have spent decades scouring the skies looking for Earth-sized planets around distant stars. And now they’ve found one, sitting smack in the …


Montana city seeks to limit water use to help coal plant

Residents of an eastern Montana city are being asked to limit their water use so one of the largest coal-fired power plants in the western U.S. can continue to safely …


Federal judge orders EPA to finalize fish consumption rule

A federal judge on Wednesday set a timeline for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to finalize water-quality rules designed to protect human health in Washington state.


Water near Duke Energy’s dumps not safe to drink, toxicologist says

North Carolina’s top public health official acted unethically and possibly illegally by telling residents living near Duke Energy coal ash pits that their well water is safe to drink when …


Too much lead: Water shut off at 2 Medford grade schools

Drinking water has been shut off at two Medford schools after officials said tests revealed it contained too much lead.


Six more Michigan public workers charged in Flint water crisis

Six current or former state employees were charged Friday with misconduct and other crimes in the Flint water crisis, bringing to nine the number of public officials facing prosecution over …


Portland schools superintendent steps down amid lead scandal

Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith is stepping down from her role, effective immediately, after the release of a scathing report about the investigation into the district’s handling of high …


Consumer Reports: Samsung phone not actually water resistant

Consumer Reports says a Samsung phone that’s advertised as being “water resistant” actually isn’t.