DNR turns to helicopters for restocking fish populations in remote Minnesota lakes
For years, low-flying pilots in stripped-down airplanes built up one of the strongest trout fisheries in the country by dumping hundreds of thousands of fish into Minnesota lakes at about 100 mph.Remarkably, when dropped from 100 feet in the air — high enough to keep the fish from skipping across the water — about 80% of the brookies, rainbows and brown trout prized by anglers would survive the fall, swimming away to repopulate dozens of Minnesota’s coldest, deepest and most remote lakes.This fall, for the first time, nearly 100% of the trout stocked from the air survived.That’s because Brad M...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Landmark Flint water crisis settlement grows to $641 million as it moves to court
DETROIT — A landmark settlement in the Flint water crisis came a step closer to reality late Tuesday, when attorneys in the class-action lawsuit presented the agreement to a federal court with an additional $41.2 million.The $641.25 million settlement, if approved by the court, would largely go to victims of the water crisis that emerged after Flint residents learned their drinking water had been contaminated with lead after a source switch to river water in 2014.“After years of hard-fought litigation and extensive negotiations, plaintiffs have reached an agreement to resolve claims against th...
The Detroit News
State climate action unlikely after Democrats fail to flip legislatures
Amid predictions of a November Democratic election sweep, climate leaders in states including North Carolina, Arizona and Pennsylvania were hopeful they could finally pass legislation to bolster clean energy, cut emissions and limit fossil fuel development.But while President-elect Joe Biden found success at the top of the ticket, Democrats down ballot were unable to flip a single legislative chamber held by Republicans. Meanwhile, the GOP seized power in New Hampshire’s legislature and expanded majorities in other states.After Democratic gains failed to materialize, the prospects of sweeping ...
Chemical injected in town's drinking water called 'an environmental injustice'
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Residents of a small town that injected an unapproved chemical into their drinking water for 10 years want the chemical manufacturer and South Carolina health regulators to pay for exposing them to the unauthorized water additive.Berry Systems Inc. and the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control face potential liability over the use of Halosan in the town of Denmark, a remote community that for years has drawn complaints about the quality of its drinking water.Lawyers for the residents asked a court this past week to add Berry and DHEC to a 2018 class action lawsui...
The State (Columbia, S.C.)
A dam blocking 348 miles of salmon streams hasn't generated electricity since 1958. But who will take it down?
ENLOE DAM, Wash. — It has no license to produce electricity, hasn’t generated a kilowatt since 1958, and provides no benefits for irrigation or flood control.But one thing Enloe Dam, built 100 years ago, still does very, very well: block fish from reaching more than 340 miles of high-quality, cold-water habitat upstream in the Similkameen River.The dam is of no use to anyone, not the small rural public utility district (PUD) that owns it, and not to tribes longing to bring salmon back to this river. Obstacles of cost, liability and a quest by the PUD to revive the dam for more than a decade st...
The Seattle Times
'We cannot handle any more,' Jamaican parliament member says after storms Zeta, Eta
Back-to-back tropical storms over the past few weeks, Zeta and Eta, have left Jamaica digging itself out from under washed-out roads, swollen rivers and ravaging landslides that have left at least two people dead and homes buried underneath water and mud.The hardest hit of the country’s parishes, St. Andrew, was still dealing with reports of water flowing down from the hills on Tuesday as the government hoped for a break in the severe weather and assessments of the devastation countrywide are ongoing.“I really pray we do not have any more systems,” said Juliet Holness, the member of Parliament...
Tropical Storm Eta weakens as South Florida braces for more rain and flooding
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Tropical Storm Eta emerged over the open water of the Gulf of Mexico on Monday, where it’s expected to execute a buttonhook turn that will bring it back to the Gulf Coast later this week.After crossing the Keys and leaving many South Florida neighborhoods awash in knee-deep water, the storm has weakened, its winds declining to 50 mph, according to the 7 p.m. update from the National Hurricane Center.The storm is no longer forecast to reach hurricane strength as it turns and heads for its second landfall in the U.S. The forecast tracks puts a broad swath of the Gulf Coas...
South Florida could see flooding and tropical storm-force winds from Eta this weekend
MIAMI — South Florida is in for a drenching of 6 to 8 inches of rain through the weekend and could see tropical storm-force winds from Eta starting early Monday morning.While Eta has since weakened to a tropical depression over Honduras, the National Hurricane Center predicted the storm would turn toward the Caribbean Sea on Thursday and start to strengthen. Thursday afternoon, the Cayman Islands issued a tropical storm watch.The latest forecast shows Eta crossing Cuba on Sunday as a tropical storm before taking a sharp left into the Gulf of Mexico on Monday. That could bring tropical storm-fo...
Bulldozers were ready to fight California fires. Why did Forest Service turn them away?
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Loyalton fire was 2 days old and starting to pick up momentum in a heavily forested area 50 miles north of Lake Tahoe. That’s when Jeff Holland offered to help.Holland’s logging company, CTL Forest Management Inc., happened to have an array of firefighting equipment — bulldozers, water trucks, a wood-chipping machine called a masticator — parked on a property he owns in Loyalton, just west of where the fire started in mid-August. He proposed hiring out the equipment to the U.S. Forest Service, which was in charge of fighting the fire.He was turned down.“I had several p...
The Sacramento Bee
Coke dropping half its drink brands
Coca-Cola on Thursday said it is dropping half its drink brands, most of them sold outside the United States.All told, the 200 brands slated to be discontinued account for only about 1% of the company’s profits. They consume too much attention and resources, Coke leaders said.Meanwhile, the Atlanta-based beverage giant reported continued financial pain from the pandemic. The company’s chief executive said that’s easing, but warned “the world is in a fragile state.”Coca-Cola previously announced eliminations of Tab, the company’s first diet soda, as well as Zico coconut water, Odwalla juices, C...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution