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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.


Testing finds more elevated lead levels at Oregon university

Oregon Health & Science University has shut three more drinking fountains due to high lead levels.


Some Portland schools find elevated radon levels

Portland Public Schools says it has received results showing elevated levels of radon in rooms throughout the district.


Portland parents decry officials over lead at two schools

Parents sometimes shouted as they criticized officials over high amounts of lead in drinking water at two Portland schools, while the head of the district promised an independent investigation into …


Scientists: Flint water quality safe for bathing, showering

Municipal water in Flint, Michigan, has improved significantly and is safe for bathing and showering, although people should continue filtering the water before drinking it, scientists said Tuesday.


Inslee asked to increase water for Spokane River

Environmental groups are asking Gov. Jay Inslee to increase the summertime flows of the Spokane River, to improve recreation and to maintain the scenic falls in the middle of the …


Chelan County water managers make play for alpine lakes

Seven spectacular high-country lakes in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness for decades have helped irrigate hundreds of acres of pear, apple and cherry orchards in the Wenatchee Valley and supplied water …


High levels of lead, iron found in water in SFCC building

Very high concentrations of lead and iron have been found in the water supply of a building on the Spokane Falls Community College campus, prompting officials to shut off the …


Raising Arrowrock Dam on Boise River fails federal feasibility study

Hopes of Idaho officials to increase the height of a Boise River dam to double water storage and also create enough space to handle a 500-year flood ran aground after …


Drought concerns persist in parts of Montana

A wet and cooler spring has eased drought concerns over parts of western Montana, but severe drought conditions remain along the Rocky Mountain Front after two straight winters of lower …


Tacoma water is safe to drink, utility says

Tacoma’s water is safe to drink, city utility officials say. The declaration from Tacoma Public Utilities came Wednesday, after weeks of testing the water of a dozen Tacoma homes thought …


Senate approves $37.5B measure to fund energy, water

The Senate has approved a nearly $38 billion measure to fund energy and water programs for next year. It’s the first of 12 spending bills lawmakers must approve to keep …


Idaho stream flows peak after record snowpack melt

Stream flows are peaking early after a record amount of Idaho’s snowpack melted in April. Hydrologist Phil Morrisey said warm temperatures and dry weather are responsible for melting the snowpack.


Obama tells Flint residents, ‘I’ve got your back’

President Barack Obama brought a message Wednesday to residents of Flint, Michigan – a promise for change after lead from old pipes tainted their drinking water.


Boiling water may have carved mysterious streaks on Mars, study finds

Those mysterious dark lines that grow and fade on some of the Red Planet’s slopes might not have all been caused by water flowing on the surface, but violently boiling …


Testing at Tacoma schools shows improvements in lead levels

Officials say further testing at three Tacoma elementary schools that previously had high levels of lead in their drinking water indicates the water is now safe to drink.


Michigan governor to discuss Flint water crisis with Obama

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder will greet President Barack Obama at a Flint airport and talk to him about efforts to solve the city’s drinking water mess.


Six more Tacoma schools with lead in water, tests show

Tacoma school officials says a review of previous water quality tests has found six more public elementary schools with unsafe amounts of lead in scattered sources of drinking water.


U.S. urges Illinois city to give customers bottled water

Federal regulators are recommending that an Illinois city provide bottled water or filters to residents affected by high levels of lead in their drinking water.


High levels of lead found in water at 4 more Tacoma schools

Tacoma Public Schools says tests performed last May found high levels of lead in the drinking water at four additional schools.


Old tests found lead in 2 Tacoma elementary schools

Two public elementary schools in Tacoma found high levels of lead in their drinking water last May, but the Tacoma Public School district announced the results and informed parents on …


WSU researchers aim to make farming more efficient

Washington State University researchers are seeking new ways to increase efficiency of water use in agriculture.