• Endangered pallid sturgeon stocked in Missouri River

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Wildlife officials are continuing their efforts to restore the endangered pallid sturgeon to the Missouri River.

  • This 1982 photo provided by The National Park Service shows a park employee sitting on a rock in Calcite Lake at The Wind Cave National Park in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The underground lakes, which were discovered in the 1960s, aren't home to any animal life but prominent cave microbiologist Hazel Barton has discovered there is bacteria - albeit scant - in the lakes. Barton hopes to decipher how the bacteria survives and answer questions about how it interacted before multicellular organisms came along and perhaps find new sources of antibiotics. (The National Park Service via AP)

    Far below South Dakota, a cave holds pure, promising water

    WIND CAVE NATIONAL PARK, S.D. (AP) — Hundreds of feet beneath the Black Hills, a team of scientists and researchers snake through dark, narrow and silent corridors of ancient rock to reach their goal: what is thought to be some of the purest water on Earth.

  • In this Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015 photo, Enid Letourneau looks from the deck of her cottage in Georgia, Vt., at the blue-green algae in St. Albans Bay on Lake Champlain. The town recently reduced the value of 34 homes along the shore by $50,000 each because of the algae, which can be toxic to humans and dogs. (AP Photo/Lisa  Rathke)

    Algae drives down property values on Lake Champlain

    GEORGIA, Vt. (AP) — The two cottages on the shore of Lake Champlain will someday be passed down to her children but Enid Letourneau worries the algae that turns the shoreline pea-soup green each August means they won’t amount to much of an inheritance.

  • Deer hunters can win chance to hunt Platte River valley

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska deer hunters can enter a lottery to win the chance to hunt in the Central Platte River Valley this fall.

  • UPDATES CAPTION TO REFLECT JUDGE’S RULING THURSDAY - This June 11, 2015, photo shows a dry water ditch next to a corn field in Cordova, Md. A federal judge in North Dakota on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, blocked a new Obama administration, which would have given the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers authority to protect some streams, tributaries and wetlands under the Clean Water Act. The rule was scheduled to take effect Friday. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    EPA: Clean water rule in effect despite court ruling

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency says it is going forward with a new federal rule to protect small streams, tributaries and wetlands, despite a court ruling that blocked the measure in 13 central and Western states.

  • FILE-German sailors Erik Heil, left, and und Thomas Plößel compete in a 49 class race on the Baltic Sea near Kiel-Schilksee  June 25, 2013. Erik Heil has fallen ill and is getting daily hospital treatment for several infections after competing in polluted water at a test event for next year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.(Carsten Rehder/dpa via AP)

    German sailor gets sick after Rio regatta

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — A German sailor has fallen ill and is getting daily hospital treatment for several skin infections after competing in polluted water at a test event for next year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

  • In this Aug. 7, 2015, photo scientist Oliver Grah measures the velocity of a stream of glacier melt stemming from Sholes Glacier in one of Mount Baker's slopes in Mount Baker, Wash. Glaciers on Mount Baker and other mountains in the North Cascades are thinning and retreating. (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes)

    Scientists, tribe study shrinking Washington state glacier

    MOUNT BAKER, Wash. (AP) — Mauri Pelto digs his crampons into the steep icy slope on Mount Baker in Washington state and watches as streams of water cascade off the thick mass of bare, bluish ice. Every 20 yards, the water carves vertical channels in the face of the glacier as it rushes downstream.

  • Thursday, August 27, 2015

    Calm on Wall Street: A turbulent week ends on a placid note, but has the storm passed?

  • In this June 23, 2015, file photo a lawn is irrigated in Sacramento, Calif. A report is due out Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015 on monthly state water conservation figures. Many California cities are conserving well, and officials are turning their attention to the few cities/agencies that aren’t doing so well. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

    California cut water use by 31 percent in July amid drought

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — California cities cut water use by a combined 31 percent in July, exceeding the governor’s statewide mandate to conserve, officials said Thursday.

  • Utility managers push for conservation even as drought eases

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Water managers across New Mexico aren’t giving up on their push for residents to conserve water even though severe drought has disappeared from the state.