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  • EPA Pollutes River, Uses Scare Tactics To Take Control Of A Colorado Town

    06/06/2016 5:45:59 AM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | 06/05/2016 | Ethan Barton
    A decades-long battle between federal environmental officials and a small Colorado town is about to end in the government’s favor, thanks to the agency-caused Gold King Mine spill disaster ... Residents surrendered to federal demands only after an EPA work-crew turned the nearby Animas River bright yellow for nearly a week by releasing a three-million-gallon flood of acidic mine waste under extremely questionable circumstances in August 2015. Suspended in the flood was 880,000 pounds of toxic metals, including lead and arsenic, that poured into the river that supplies drinking water for people living in three states and the Navajo Nation....
  • Japan floods: City of Joso hit by 'unprecedented' rain

    09/10/2015 4:48:58 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 9 replies
    BBC ^ | 9-10-15
    Widespread flooding and landslides in north-east Japan have forced more than 90,000 people to abandon their homes. The city of Joso, north of the capital, Tokyo, was hit by a wall of water after the Kinugawa River burst its banks. Helicopter rescue teams have been plucking people from rooftops.
  • Wrong, Wrong, WRONG! EPA Chief visits Flyover Country

    08/13/2015 8:21:01 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 32 replies
    Freep | 8/13/2015 | Charles O'Connell
     "Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy visits Farmington, Colo over fallout from Animas River Mine Contamination" Who does she think she is, a SERVANT of the American people? She works for the man who spoke about how the denizens of Flyover Country "cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations".EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy had better haul her rusty-dusty out to the golf course with Big Br'O.
  • FWC: Trenton girl killed, family members injured in sturgeon strike on Suwannee River

    07/06/2015 9:10:43 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 15 replies ^ | July 3/2015 |
    Submitted by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission A 5-year-old girl was killed and her mother and brother were injured by a leaping sturgeon while boating with their family on the Suwannee River. The encounter happened Thursday evening at 8:47 p.m.
  • Baby who survived car crash in Utah river is getting better

    03/09/2015 4:54:48 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 28 replies
    CNN ^ | 3/9/15 | Ben Brunfield
    A mystery arose from the rescue: The police officers who entered the water say they heard a voice calling for help. The mother was dead, but the officers said that they heard an adult's voice calling to them. "The four of us heard a distinct voice coming from the car," Warner told CNN. "To me, it didn't sound like a child's voice." The voice gave the rescuers a surge of adrenaline needed to push the vehicle upright, he said. The mother was dead. The child was unconscious, but her eyelids were fluttering, and the rescuers knew she was alive, Warner...
  • LETTER: Steve King for House majority leader

    06/17/2014 6:59:13 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 10 replies
    With the departure of Eric Cantor as majority leader, it's time to replace him with someone with strong conservative values. My choice is Steve King of Iowa. Steve is not looking for votes, but is looking for solutions to problems.
  • Beaver Savagely Attacks Kayaker

    06/17/2014 10:53:13 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 43 replies
    Newser ^ | June 17, 2014 | Evann Gastaldo
    "A kayaker in Upstate New York was hospitalized after being attacked by a beaver in Irondequoit Creek last week. Michael Cavanaugh was knocked into the water when the beaver jumped out of the creek and started mauling him, biting him on his back and arm. "I heard my name called out from the shop and I ran out the door to see a guy getting pulled into the water," a trainer at BayCreek Paddling Center tells WHAM. "It was like watching a horror film." Cavanaugh was able to get to the dock, but the beaver wouldn't let go, so the...
  • Man Snatched From Boat by 16-Foot Crocodile

    06/09/2014 6:48:33 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 84 replies
    Newser ^ | June 9, 2014 | Matt Cantor
    When a man went to the side of his boat to empty a bucket at Australia's Kakadu National Park on Saturday, he was attacked by what police say was a 15.5-foot-long crocodile and vanished, his wife, son, and daughter-in-law unable to save him. Now, the 62-year-old's remains may have been found inside a crocodile. Two of the reptiles were shot yesterday about a mile from the site of the encounter, the AAP reports via the Sydney Morning Herald. "A quantity of human remains was recovered" from one, say police. They have yet to be IDed.
  • I-5 bridge collapses over Skagit River, sending vehicles, people into water

    MOUNT VERNON, Wash. — A portion of an Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River, about 60 miles north of Seattle, collapsed Thursday, sending three vehicles and people plunging into the cold water at least 50 feet below. Amazingly, there were no fatalities, Skagit County authorities said. Three people were pulled from the river and taken to Skagit Valley Hospital and United General Hospital; two were reported to be in stable condition, the other had minor injuries and was being released Thursday night. The survivor who was released was identified as Dan Sligh, 47. His wife, Sally Sligh, 56, remained...
  • Cassini spots mini Nile River on Saturn moon

    12/12/2012 11:34:39 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 11 replies
    ESA ^ | 12/12/12
    The international Cassini mission has spotted what appears to be a miniature extraterrestrial version of the Nile River: a river valley on Saturn’s moon Titan that stretches more than 400 km from its ‘headwaters’ to a large sea. It is the first time images have revealed a river system this vast and in such high resolution anywhere beyond Earth. Scientists deduce that the river is filled with liquid because it appears dark along its entire extent in the high-resolution radar image, indicating a smooth surface. “Though there are some short, local meanders, the relative straightness of the river valley suggests...
  • Olympics- Cyber attack seen as emerging threat for London 2012

    07/28/2009 1:52:49 AM PDT · by Cindy · 47 replies · 883+ views ^ | Tue Jul 21, 2009 10:48am EDT | Avril Ormsby
    LONDON, July 21 (Reuters) - Olympic organisers are "very alive" to the threat of a cyber attack on the London 2012 Olympics, made more challenging because of its evolving nature, senior Interior Ministry officials said on Tuesday. Ticketing systems, the transport network and hotel bookings as well as security are among potential targets. Olympic security officials are also planning for the possible diversion of aircraft to protect airspace around the venues from terrorist attacks, the officials said. The greatest threat to security at the Games is international terrorism, the government's latest "Safety and Security Strategy" report said.
  • Maine dam removal aims to rescue fish species

    06/12/2012 8:29:06 PM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | June 11, 2012 | David Abel
    When the steel claw of an excavator slashes into the berm of the Great Works Dam on Monday morning, it will mark the start of a multimillion-dollar project to allow endangered and dwindling species to return to their historic spawning grounds along Maine’s longest river, the Penobscot. When the project is done - scheduled for 2015, after an additional dam is razed and another bypassed - it will open access to 1,000 miles of habitat for the native fish, including endangered Atlantic salmon and short-nosed sturgeon that journey from the Gulf of Maine to breed in the cold, fresh waters...
  • Chris Willden Saves Three Kids with his Gun(UT)

    01/04/2012 6:46:44 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 2 January, 2012 | Dan Zimmerman
    You know the “reasonable, common sense” crowd’s litany, the one about guns only being good for one thing? Namely, killing, death and wanton destruction? Yeah, well, next time one of them throws that one at you at a cocktail party, here’s a handy comeback example to keep in your quiver. If Chris Willden hadn’t had his gun on his hip yesterday, there would probably be two or three dead kids in Logan, Utah… Roger Anderson was headed for a day of skiing with three kiddies in tow. But he lost control of his car on a slippery, narrow bridge and...
  • Evidence of Ancient Lake in California's Eel River Emerges

    11/15/2011 12:58:02 PM PST · by george76 · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Science Daily ^ | Nov. 14, 2011
    A catastrophic landslide 22,500 years ago dammed the upper reaches of northern California's Eel River, forming a 30-mile-long lake, which has since disappeared, and leaving a living legacy found today in the genes of the region's steelhead trout...about 60 miles southeast of Eureka. The river today is 200 miles long, carved into the ground from high in the California Coast Ranges to its mouth in the Pacific Ocean in Humboldt County. The evidence for the ancient landslide, which, scientists say, blocked the river with a 400-foot wall of loose rock and debris ... "Perhaps of most interest, the presence of...
  • Hastings couple find alligator in Mississippi River near Prescott, Wis.

    09/08/2011 12:07:09 PM PDT · by Palter · 12 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 07 Sept 2011 | Andy Rathbun
    A Hastings man and his fiancee came face to face with some unexpected wildlife near Prescott, Wis., on Friday afternoon. Derrick Radke and Cheryl McKenna were boating when they found a 3-foot-long alligator swimming in the Mississippi River, near an island where they had planned to camp. Radke said he initially thought the gator was a muskrat - until it swam toward his 16-1/2-foot fishing boat. Radke went after the gator and got as close as a couple feet as it was sunning itself on a log, seemingly unafraid of him. "I've been on the river all my life," said...
  • Bridging funding for Colunbia River Crossing (unedited)

    07/26/2011 9:41:02 PM PDT · by Bean Counter · 11 replies
    The Columbian ^ | 7/26/2011 | Andrea Damewood
    Washington, Oregon, federal government struggle to determine how to pay for project (Vancouver, WA) Knock aside the steel beams and concrete, and there’s just one thing that the Columbia River Crossing will be built upon: money. And one of the largest public works projects in the Pacific Northwest has an unusual plan to get that money — one that relies on the federal government, two states and local tolls to pay the estimated $2.63 billion to $3.76 billion price tag. The CRC is coming of age in an era where paying for big infrastructure projects is growing increasingly difficult, so...
  • Aerial View of Missouri River flooding (ND)

    06/02/2011 9:18:28 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 31 replies
    flickr ^ | 5.29-11 | Bill Prokopyk
    Aerial view of the Missouri River from a North Dakota National Guard Black Hawk helicopter in the vicinity of Bismarck and Mandan, N.D., on May 29, 2011. When these photos were taken, the river was at about 15.74 feet with a garrison release flow of 80,000 cubic feet per second.
  • Mississippi crests in Memphis at nearly 48 feet crests in Memphis at nearly 48 feet

    05/10/2011 6:22:51 AM PDT · by GailA · 14 replies · 1+ views
    WREG TV Memphis ^ | 5/10/11 | N/A
    (AP) - The Mississippi River crested in Memphis at nearly 48 feet on Tuesday, falling inches short of its all-time record but still soaking low-lying areas with enough water to require a massive cleanup. National Weather Service meteorologist Bill Borghoff says the river reached 47.85 feet at 2 a.m. Tuesday and is expected to stay very close to that level for the next 24 to 36 hours. Reaching its high point means things shouldn't get worse in the area, but it will take weeks for the water to recede and much longer for inundated areas to recover. "Pretty much the...
  • Memphis Flood

    05/09/2011 8:18:44 PM PDT · by neverhome · 11 replies ^ | 05.09.11 | Alan Burkhart
    I shot this image today. It's from just west of the I-40 MS River bridge, before the Arkansas truck scale. An old school bus (perhaps converted for hunting/camping) had been left on the I-40 access road. It's a good bet that it's beyond salvaging at this point. Anyway, it gives a good perspective as to just how bad the flooding is right now.
  • Barge loaded with explosives was making its way from Memphis, Tenn., to Charleston, Mo

    04/27/2011 10:08:43 AM PDT · by silentknight · 43 replies
    Southeast Missourian ^ | Southeast Missourian | M.D. Kittle
    Wednesday, April 27, 2011 ~ Updated 11:06 AM By M.D. Kittle ~ Southeast Missourian The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers this hour is setting up a joint information center in Sikeston, Mo., and has tentatively scheduled a news conference for 1 p.m., according to a corps spokeswoman, although the timing has yet to be confirmed. Officials at the headquarters could not be reached for comment. Meanwhile, a barge loaded with explosives was making its way from Memphis, Tenn., to Charleston, Mo., destined for the Birds Point levee as the ash gray sky prepares to unleash more heavy rains and a...
  • Activists want new biological opinion set [Enviros attacking Military again]

    04/22/2011 4:25:03 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies
    TUCSON — A lawyer for environmental activists wants a federal judge to order two U.S. agencies — The Fish and Wildlife Service and the Army — to renegotiate a biological opinion concerning the San Pedro River and its environs contending the two entities have failed to follow the Endangered Species Act. The plaintiff’s attorney, McCrystie Adams, said the continuing growth in the Sierra Vista area is caused by the existence of Fort Huachuca and as more people come to the area, they “are draining the aquifer year after year.” However, a U.S. Department of Justice attorney contends all the requirements...
  • Man Uses "Coffin Lid Canoe" To Cross Red River

    04/18/2011 11:17:33 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 16 replies
    KFGO ^ | 4-18-11 | Don Haney
    FARGO - Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney says "You can't make this stuff up". Laney and the Coast Guard were called to an area south of Fargo Sunday morning on a report of a man in a makeshift canoe in the Red River. After arriving on scene, they found that the man had crossed into Minnesota. They took a closer look at the man's "canoe" and discovered it was actually a lid from a coffin.
  • Green River Killer is charged with 49th murder after missing woman's skull is found in ravine

    02/08/2011 4:47:57 PM PST · by Niuhuru · 12 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11:24 PM on 8th February 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Green River Killer Gary Ridgway is facing his 49th murder charge for the death of a woman whose skull was found by teenagers in a ravine, 28 years after she went missing. Ridgway, 61, is already serving 48 consecutive life sentences after being jailed in 2003 for a strangling spree which terrorised Seattle and its northern suburbs in the early 1980s. He once said he killed so many women he could not keep track of them all. He had previously confessed to killing Rebecca 'Becky' Marrero, a 20-year-old mother and prostitute last seen when she left a motel in 1982.
  • Buoys strung on border canal to prevent drownings

    01/04/2011 3:45:32 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 4, 2011 | ELLIOT SPAGAT
    CALEXICO, Calif. (AP) -- A government agency on the front lines of the immigration debate has begun installing lifesaving buoys in a fast-moving canal along the U.S.-Mexico border where migrants drown each year as they sneak into the country illegally. The debate over the lifelines has long presented authorities with a moral dilemma: Is it acceptable to do nothing when so many immigrants are dying in the water?
  • Victoria river mysteriously turns bright green

    01/04/2011 3:53:15 PM PST · by FromLori · 62 replies · 3+ views
    The National Post ^ | 12/30/2010
    VICTORIA — Horrified nature-lovers at Goldstream Provincial Park watched as the Goldstream River turned bright green late Wednesday afternoon. The fluorescent green colouring appeared to start about 500 metres on the Victoria side of the entrance to the park and, over the course of an hour, the substance flowed down into the environmentally sensitive estuary. By 5:30 p.m. the river, known for its dramatic salmon runs, eagles and other wildlife, was back to its normal colour. Ministry of Environment teams were immediately sent to the area to investigate and members of Langford Fire Department collected samples for analysis. No dead...
  • Iraqi River Police securing waterways

    05/26/2010 8:04:15 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 149+ views
    U.S. Forces Iraq ^ | Capt. Michael S. Walter, USA
    CONTINGENCY OPERATING STATION GARRY OWEN – For the last two months, the U.S. Navy Riverine Detachment here has partnered with 1st Lt. Hissinin, commander of a 50-man Iraqi Special River Police Company, providing hands-on training in every aspect of river patrolling and security operations. This partnership and training led to a graduation ceremony May 15 in Amarah, Iraq, for a dozen new maintenance crew members and boat operators who completed the river patrolling academy in Baghdad. The provincial governor, Mohammed Shaia Al-Sudani; the provincial council chairman, Abidul Hussein, and the provincial chief of police; Maj. Gen. Ashmail Arrar Khadim Al...
  • Accident: Merpati B733 at Manokwari on Apr 13th 2010, overran runway and broke up in river

    04/14/2010 1:05:52 AM PDT · by Cindy · 3 replies · 692+ views
    AVIATION ^ | last updated Tuesday, Apr 13th 2010 17:12Z | Simon Hradecky
    Note: Photos included. "Accident: Merpati B733 at Manokwari on Apr 13th 2010, overran runway and broke up in river" By Simon Hradecky, created Tuesday, Apr 13th 2010 06:18Z, last updated Tuesday, Apr 13th 2010 17:12Z SNIPPET: "A Merpati Nusantara Boeing 737-300, registration PK-MDE performing flight MZ-836 from Sorong to Manokwari (Indonesia) with 97 passengers and 6 crew, overran runway 35 while landing at Manokwari in rain and mist at approx 11:00L (02:00Z) and came to a stop in a river about 170 meters past the end of the runway (2000 meters long). Two passengers received critical injuries, one person serious...
  • In This Political Battle, a River Runs Through It

    04/08/2010 12:55:44 AM PDT · by Palter · 5 replies · 642+ views
    WSJ ^ | 07 April 2010 | STEPHANIE SIMON
    Colorado Rafters, Anglers Square Off Over Use of Streams Through Private Land In a clash that some lawmakers have dubbed "Row v. Wade," rafters and anglers are squaring off over rights to prized Colorado waterways. The debate has spilled into the state legislature and inspired at least 24 citizen-sponsored ballot initiatives. The core question: Do paddlers have an absolute right to float down any river in the state, even rivers that run through private property reserved for fly-fishing? Steve Roberts says no. His family owns a 150-acre dude ranch amid the aspens and lodgepole pines of southwest Colorado. The Taylor...
  • Eritrean man pleads guilty to alien smuggling

    03/31/2010 2:54:14 AM PDT · by Cindy · 1 replies · 223+ views - News Release ^ | March 30, 2010 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: March 30, 2010 Eritrean man pleads guilty to alien smuggling WASHINGTON - Samuel Abrahaley Fessahazion, 23, an Eritrean national, has pleaded guilty to helping smuggle illegal aliens to the United States for private financial gain, following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Custom and Border Protection (CBP). Fessahazion, aka "Sami," aka "Sammy," aka "Alex" and aka "Alex Williams" pleaded guilty on March 29, 2010, in Houston to one count of conspiracy and two counts of encouraging and inducing aliens to come to, enter or reside in the United...
  • Train crashes through Chesapeake drawbridge gate, dangling engine

    03/26/2010 12:24:11 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 32 replies · 1,542+ views ^ | 3/26/2010 | Staff
    Chesapeake, Va. - An empty freight train crashed through a safety barrier at a raised drawbridge in Chesapeake this morning and the locomotive remains dangling over the Intercoastal Waterway. A spokesman from the U.S. Coast Guard said the train spilled an estimated 1,700 gallons of diesel fuel into the water. The Coast Guard has closed the waterway while the spill is cleaned up. Lt. Cmdr Robert Gore said crews are using about 2,000 feet of containment booms to contain the fuel. Once the fuel is cleaned up the next problem will be getting the engine back on the tracks. Crews...
  • Agents apprehend 53 illegal entrants near the border

    03/03/2010 9:24:48 PM PST · by SandRat · 17 replies · 642+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | Devlin Houser
    A group of 53 illegal immigrants was apprehended Wednesday morning just west of the San Pedro River, near the U.S.-Mexico border. U.S. Border Patrol agents monitoring a video surveillance system in the area spotted the group just after midnight, said Colleen Agle, an agency spokeswoman. Agents at the Naco station sent out the horse patrol, which was then assisted by an Office of Air and Marine helicopter, she said. The 36 men, nine women, and eight children were not in distress when they were found, she said.
  • Yellow Lab Catches Salmon (cool Video)

    12/20/2009 7:45:46 AM PST · by Tom Hawks · 28 replies · 1,441+ views
    Now this is way cool. If this video doesn't make you smile and laugh, then your heart just ain't beating properly. Yellow lab chases down a huge salmon on a river, and catches it
  • Yellow Lab Catches Salmon (Must See Video)

    12/19/2009 12:28:42 PM PST · by OneVike · 51 replies · 2,362+ views
    Ok, now I have seen hunting dogs track down an animal, but this is the first time I have ever seen a dog catch a fish. And not just any fish, this dog is playing in the water, then he sees a salmon and chases it until he catches it. then he brings it to shore for his owner. Awesome must see video. Check out the yellow lab chasing down and catching a huge salmon
  • New Road to Link Both Sides of Afghan River

    10/26/2009 5:15:36 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 184+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Capt. Tony Wickman, USAF
    KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan, Oct. 26, 2009 – The road to economic success here is paved and has bridges linking both sides of the Kunar River. Left to right, Sarkani Subgovernor Hamish Gulab, Marawara Subgovernor Mer Azam Gujoorwall and Kunar Subgovernor Fazullah Wahidi cut a ribbon marking the completion of the Nawabad to Marawara road in Afghanistan’s Kunar province, Oct. 26, 2009. The road represents a $2.7 million investment that paves the way for increased security and commerce in Kunar’s Marawara district. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Brian Boisvert   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The provincial government,...
  • Chattahoochee now chock-full of E. coli

    09/27/2009 8:25:44 PM PDT · by PAR35 · 15 replies · 1,466+ views
    Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | September 27, 2009 | D.L. Bennett
    Bethea said federal officials tested the river and found the E. coli bacteria level was 42 times greater than the highest safe level. “There is no way you want to get in or even touch water [this dirty],” Bethea said. “I’ve never seen the water so filthy. It was just filthy, and it didn’t smell very good in some places.” The river tour also found massive shoreline damage, including collapsed banks and fallen trees. --snip-- The U.S. Park Service on Wednesday shut down use of portions of the Chattahoochee, citing the dumping of raw sewage from broken sewage lines in...

    09/20/2009 6:22:46 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 17 replies · 3,246+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | jerusalem post "Then Moses and the elders of Israel charged all the people as follows: 'Keep the entire commandment that I am commanding you today. On the day that you cross over the Jordan into the land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall set up great stones and cover them with plaster. You shall write on them all the words of this law when you have crossed over." (Deuteronomy 27:1-3). Rubble on floor may have fallen from the ceiling during earthquakes since the cavern was fashioned. Built on the foundations of an ancient Byzantine church, the Greek...
  • Iraqi River Police protect key waterways

    09/06/2009 1:28:49 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 416+ views
    BAGHDAD — Iraqi River Police (IRP) conducted operations here on the Tigris River to hone their skills in keeping Iraq’s waterways safe from terrorists, Sept. 1. The mission of the IRP is to provide search and rescue, safety patrol, and counter smuggling operations along the waterways of Iraq. Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq advisors, mentors and trainers help the IRP accomplish this mission. There are two advisors at the River Patrol. One is responsible for teaching waterborne operations, how to pilot the boats, and how to use the boats to conduct the operations found in the mission statement. The second advisor...
  • Dogs descended from wolf pack on Yangtze river

    09/04/2009 2:58:00 AM PDT · by decimon · 39 replies · 1,533+ views
    Telegraph ^ | Sep 2, 2009 | Unknown
    Today's dogs are all descended from a pack of wolves tamed 16,000 years ago on the shores of the Yangtze river, according to new research. It was previously known that the birthplace of the dog was eastern Asia but historians were not able to be more precise than that. However, now researchers have made a number of new discoveries about the history of man's best friend - including that the dog appeared about 16,000 years ago south of the Yangtze river in China. It has also been discovered that even though the dog has a single geographical origin it descends...
  • Iraq Suffers as the Euphrates River Dwindles

    08/01/2009 5:52:54 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 5 replies · 603+ views ^ | CAMPBELL ROBERTSON
    Iraq Suffers as the Euphrates River Dwindles By CAMPBELL ROBERTSON JUBAISH, Iraq — Throughout the marshes, the reed gatherers, standing on land they once floated over, cry out to visitors in a passing boat. “Maaku mai!” they shout, holding up their rusty sickles. “There is no water!” The Euphrates is drying up. Strangled by the water policies of Iraq’s neighbors, Turkey and Syria; a two-year drought; and years of misuse by Iraq and its farmers, the river is significantly smaller than it was just a few years ago. Some officials worry that it could soon be half of what it...
  • Boy, 3, miraculously survives after driving toy truck into river and floating downstream for 8 miles

    07/16/2009 7:19:44 AM PDT · by rawhide · 37 replies · 1,215+ views
    The Daily Mail UK ^ | 7-16-09 | by A Daily Mail Reporter
    A toddler has miraculously survived after he drove his toy jeep into a river and then floated nearly eight miles downstream. Demetrius Jones, who turned three yesterday, let himself out of his grandmother's holiday trailer while his family slept and took his battery-operated truck down to the Peace River in British Columbia, where he was swept away by the current. The red miniature Chevrolet Silverado truck flipped over but the boy - who was only wearing a nappy and T-shirt - floated on it, along swirling waters. When his family woke up and realised he was missing police were called...
  • Survey: Most Economists See Recession End in '09

    05/26/2009 9:31:32 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 51 replies · 1,574+ views
    NYTimes ^ | May 26th 2009
    Survey: Most Economists See Recession End in '09 By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS May 27, 2009 WASHINGTON (AP) -- More than 90 percent of economists predict the recession will end this year, although the recovery is likely to be bumpy. That assessment came from leading forecasters in a survey by the National Association for Business Economics to be released Wednesday. It is generally in line with the outlook from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and his colleagues. About 74 percent of the forecasters expect the recession -- which started in December 2007 and is the longest since World War II --...
  • Hudson Crash from Coast Guard Camera (Video of Crash and Rescue)

    01/17/2009 10:36:19 AM PST · by Reaganesque · 15 replies · 1,711+ views
    Live Leak ^ | 01/16/09 | The US Coast Guard
    Click here for video. Crash happens at about 2:02 minutes into the video.
  • Iraqi River Police: Force on the Water

    01/03/2009 12:08:15 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 315+ views
    BASRAH — Three days after graduating a multi-week training course, the first Iraqi Special Weapons and Tactics Tactical Response Team joined Coalition forces in a joint operation here. The river-focused force filled vital overwatch positions, and maintained active security and communications with Iraqi Police and Army units as well as with Coalition units. “This demonstrates the capability of this force, and how their training prepared them for real-world missions,” said a Coalition advisor to the TRT. The TRT is a new capability for Iraq allowing the Police to have a specially trained cadre skilled in the art of maritime and...
  • New river-focused police force hits waterways, streets for first mission

    01/02/2009 2:09:32 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 203+ views
    BASRAH, Iraq –Three days after graduating a multi-week training course, the first Special Weapons and Tactics Tactical Response Team was thrust into action December with Coalition forces executed a joint operation in Basrah, Iraq. The river-focused force filled vital over-watch positions, and maintained active security and communications with Iraqi Police and Army units as well as with Coalition units. “This demonstrates the capability of this force, and how their training prepared them for real-world missions,” said a Coalition advisor to the TRT. The TRT is a new capability for Iraq allowing the police to have a specially trained cadre skilled...
  • Anbar River Police Stand Ready

    12/28/2008 7:47:27 AM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 304+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Cpl. Shawn Coolman, Regimental Combat Team – 5
    Trainees run ashore after practicing an insert technique during al-Anbar Iraqi River Police training, Lake Thar Thar, Iraq, Dec. 21, 2008. Photo by Cpl. Shawn Coolman, 1st Marine Division Public Affairs. LAKE THAR THAR -- Al-Anbar Iraqi River Police officers aced their final exam. Select Iraqi Policemen here with the Anbar Iraqi River Police force, which was established to patrol the local waterways independently from Coalition forces, finished a week-long certification course, Dec. 21. This was the first class taught by the Navy “River Rats” of Detachment 3, Riverine Squadron 1, Regimental Combat Team 5 on Lake Thar Thar.In this...
  • Wild, scenic designation possible for parts of Colorado River, Deep Creek

    11/15/2008 11:26:12 AM PST · by george76 · 10 replies · 502+ views
    The Daily Sentinel ^ | November 14, 2008 | GARY HARMON
    The U.S. Forest Service is moving ahead on a proposal to determine whether parts of the Colorado River and Deep Creek are suitable candidates for inclusion in the national Wild and Scenic River System. The Colorado River Water Conservation District, however, is looking at ways to fend off such a designation. “We’re working on coming up with something that protects the values that make them eligible for wild and scenic designation without imposition of all the federal controls,” said Chris Treese of the river district. The river district is hoping to preserve flexibility and greater local control on the management...
  • Body found in Arkansas River (teenager disappeared while mowing the Clinton library lawn)

    11/15/2008 5:27:29 AM PST · by Libloather · 32 replies · 1,976+ views
    Fox 16 ^ | 11/13/08
    Body found in Arkansas RiverLast Update: 11/13 9:21 pm In Pulaski County search crews found the body of man who died in the Arkansas River. The body has not been officially identified but it's thought to be that of a man who went missing Tuesday Pablo Ramos, 19, disappeared while mowing the Clinton library lawn. Ramos' mower was found tipped over at the bank of the river. The body will be taken to the state crime lab.
  • Geology Picture of the Week, August 17-23, 2008: White Cliffs of the Missouri Breaks

    08/19/2008 11:23:50 AM PDT · by cogitator · 5 replies · 170+ views
    A couple of pictures of the White Cliffs of the Missouri Breaks. There aren't very many! Click the bottom one for full-size, but it actually looks better at this size.
  • Air National Guard works to corral Mississippi

    06/19/2008 4:41:39 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 159+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Staff Sgt. Patrick Brown, USAF
    6/19/2008 - GREEN BAY BOTTOM, Iowa (AFPN) -- The men and women of the 185th Air Refueling Squadron from Sioux City, Iowa, are teaming with local farmers to maintain the 20 miles of levees, keeping the flooded Mississippi from inundating the 14 thousand acres of homes and farmland here. The river is flowing 23 feet over flood levels and 20 feet over the corn fields that line it near the farming community of Burlington in Green Bay Bottom, Iowa. "It would have been devastating without the (Air National) Guard here," said local resident Robert Mozingo, a retired mechanical engineer who...
  • Booming growth [in west] raises idea of dams

    03/09/2008 8:22:40 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 21 replies · 708+ views
    Seattle Timies ^ | March 2, 2008 | Nicholas K. Geranios
    SPOKANE — The era of massive dam construction in the West — which tamed rivers, swallowed towns and created irrigated agriculture, cheap hydropower and persistent environmental problems — effectively ended in 1966 with the completion of Glen Canyon Dam in Arizona. But a booming population and growing fears about climate change have governments once again studying dams, this time to create huge reservoirs to capture more winter rain and spring snowmelt for use in dry summer months. New dams are being studied in Washington, California, Oregon, Idaho, Colorado, Nevada and other states, even as dams are being torn down across...