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Trump visits South Dakota's Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore today; nearby tribal leaders object, citing concerns over COVID-19 and a fireworks display. Plus, voter registration numbers are down from this time in 2016.

Public News Service - NC: Water

The French Broad River flows through the city of Asheville, N.C. (Adobe Stock)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- A group working to improve water quality in streams draining into the French Broad River says it's changing the name of one Asheville project to better fit the area. RiverLink said it learned of concerns about what was known as the "River Arts District Watershed Plan" from reside

Part of renovating the Payne Branch Dam involves improving wildlife habitat along Boone's Greenway Trail. (Michelle Ligon/Explore Boone)

BOONE, N.C. - A damn restoration project set to start next month in western North Carolina is expected to improve water quality for thousands of local residents and enhance wildlife habitat in the Boone area. Years of damage and deterioration of the 100-year-old Payne Branch Dam along the Middle F

Shaw Creek runs through Veterans Healing Farm in Hendersonville, N.C. (Resource Institute)

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. -- A river-restoration project on a farm for veterans in Hendersonville is bringing new life to a community space. Veterans Healing Farm began in 2013 as a way to support the emotional and social well-being of returning service members, who use the land to grow food, herbs and

Wetlands prevent flooding by sponging up excess water after storms and heavy rains. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Southern Environmental Law Center and other groups have sued the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for redefining which waterways are protected under the Clean Water Act. The move strips protections from more than half of the country's waters

In 2017, North Carolina residents discovered that Chemours, a spin-off of DuPont, had been dumping PFAS into the Cape Fear River near its Fayetteville plant for decades. (Wikimedia Commons)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Almost 70 companies or plants in North Carolina are among those likely releasing chemicals known as PFAS into the air and water of nearby communities. A new map of suspected industrial discharge sites includes more than 2,500 nationwide. Chemical companies, carpet makers, commerci

Fisher River Park in Surry County is a popular spot for kayaking. (Adobe Stock)

MOUNT AIRY, N.C. -- Conservationists have restored more than 3,000 feet of eroded streambank along the Fisher river in Surry County. The river runs through the county's only state park, which provides an outdoor-recreational space for more than 70,000 North Carolinians. Surry County Commissioner E

Muskie are apex predator fish native to the French Broad River that runs through western North Carolina. (Conserving Carolina)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- This spring, a project to restore more than 100 acres of low-lying ground surrounding the French Broad river in western North Carolina will commence. Conversationists say the effort will help boost the population of the large native fish, the muskie. Scott Loftis, habitat conser

Oyster growers say the delicate environment that shellfish need to thrive is being disrupted by climate change. (Adobe Stock)

WILMINGTON, N.C. -- Oyster farmers are grappling with rising seas, ocean acidification, and more severe storms. They met in Wilmington over the weekend to discuss how to address these growing challenges. One of the goals at the Oyster South Symposium was to brainstorm ways to deal with the impacts

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