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  • California cuts water use, in ways small and large

    By The Associated Press - Associated Press

    In January, California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a water emergency and asked everyone from residents to state agencies to cut water use by 20 percent. What follows is a sample of efforts state agencies are undertaking to comply. Published July 26, 2014

  • A Stormwater Task Force plan for Springs

    By EMILY DONOVAN - Associated Press

    The Pikes Peak Stormwater Task Force is trying to explain its stormwater prevention proposal so the public will understand why they might be asked to pay $10 a month. Published July 26, 2014

  • Springfield restores a historic millrace

    By CHRISTIAN HILL - Associated Press

    In 1852, city founder Elias Briggs dug by hand a channel connecting existing sloughs that created a 3.5-mile millrace to power saw and flour mills. Published July 26, 2014

  • California trying to cut water, but is it working?

    By MATT HAMILTON - Associated Press

    When Gov. Jerry Brown called on everyone from residents to businesses in California to curb water usage by 20 percent, he told state government to lead by example. Published July 26, 2014

  • California can't say if it's meeting drought goal

    By JUSTIN PRITCHARD and MATT HAMILTON - Associated Press

    The sprinklers outside the California's state Capitol are off and the lawn is withering, the lemon- and cucumber-infused "water stations" at the state pension building are gone, and prison inmates are taking shorter showers while campers at some popular parks can't take them at all. Published July 26, 2014

  • Groups express concern about coal ash bill

    By Associated Press

    Environmental groups are asking two key North Carolina lawmakers to change legislation they say weakens the state's protections against coal ash pollution. Published July 25, 2014

  • New state forester named for South Dakota

    By Associated Press

    A longtime South Dakota Agriculture Department official has been named state forester. Published July 25, 2014

  • SF Bay Area officials issue air quality alert

    By Associated Press

    People across the San Francisco Bay area are being asked to limit driving to keep ozone levels down as the mercury rises. Published July 25, 2014

  • Climbing Cloud Peak offers challenges, rewards

    By CHRISTINE PETERSON - Associated Press

    The boulder field seemed to form in waves. Rocks the size of Volkswagens and refrigerators are piled on top of each other like they'd been thrown from the peak by a giant. Published July 25, 2014

  • Kansas issues public health warnings for 7 lakes

    By Associated Press

    Health officials are alerting the public about potentially harmful algae blooms in Kansas lakes. Published July 25, 2014

  • Southeast Iowa's Lake Darling State Park reopens

    By Associated Press

    About 150 people attended a picnic Thursday to celebrate the reopening of Lake Darling State Park, which is now available for the public to enjoy after about six years of restoration work. Published July 25, 2014

  • Lake bacteria warnings posted in Twin Ports

    By Associated Press

    The Minnesota Department of Health is warning swimmers about elevated E. coli levels on the Lake Superior beach in the Twin Ports. Published July 25, 2014

  • Neshoba County Fair starts Friday

    By CONOR BELL - Associated Press

    The 125th edition of the Neshoba County Fair that gets underway Friday at the fairgrounds near Philadelphia. Published July 25, 2014

  • Deadly fungus spreads in Everglades, killing trees

    By Associated Press - Associated Press

    A fungus carried by an invasive beetle from southeast Asia is felling trees across the Everglades, and experts have not found a way to stop the blight from spreading. Published July 25, 2014

  • New York suggests summer shutdown for nuke plant

    By Associated Press

    New York's latest proposal to save Hudson River fish from being sucked into the Indian Point nuclear plant calls for shutting down one of the region's largest power producers for up to three months a year - during air-conditioner season. Published July 25, 2014

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