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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 - TN: Water

Asian carp are filter feeders, meaning they consume the base of the aquatic food chain, starving out and outcompeting native fish species. (Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee will receive federal funding to fight Asian carp as part of a $25 million budget appropriation recently passed by Congress. Asian carp are now found in all three of Tennessee's major waterways, from the Mississippi River to the Tennessee River, north of Chattanooga.

The Tennessee, Cumberland and Mississippi rivers are the three longest waterways running through Tennessee. (Adobe Stock)<br /><br />

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finalized a new rule, saying it clarifies which types of waterways are protected under the Clean Water Act and which are not. The Navigable Waters Protection Rule, released last week, redefines the term "waters of the United States" t

A raccoon gnaws on a red plastic cup. Tennesseans have submitted hundreds of photos of trash across the state as part of a litter awareness campaign. (Eddie Johnson/Tenn. Wildlife Federation)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A new campaign aims to raise awareness of Tennessee's trash problem. Hundreds of people have sent photos of litter in their communities to the Tennessee Wildlife Federation, the group that launched the social media effort. Studies have found the Tennessee River contains m

Lake sturgeon are migratory fish, traveling an average of 62 miles to spawn. (Vladimir Wrangel/Adobe Stock)

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Scientists from the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute and the state Wildlife Resources Agency have released 89 lake sturgeon into the Tennessee River, as part of an ongoing effort to replenish the wild population. These fish, which are listed as endangered, once

The Tennessee Aquarium has released 280 juvenile brook trout into Little Stony Creek, which flows through the Cherokee National Forest. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Protecting the native brook trout population is an upstream battle for Tennessee conservation groups. But things are looking up at year's end. The Tennessee Aquarium has just received its largest single donation since it began seeking financial support for its brook trou

The EPA tested for PFAS between 2013 and 2016, but since its program ended, there is no ongoing nationwide testing of drinking water for those chemicals. (Joe Shlabotnik/Flickr)

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Chemical compounds often used to make carpets, clothing and cookware are spreading into the country's water supply, including at least two communities in Tennessee, according to a new analysis that documents the chemical compounds known as PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substan

The Tennessee Wilderness Act is now part of the Federal Land Mangement Act of 2017 and would protect almost 20,000 acres in the Cherokee National Forest. (John Iwanski/Flickr)

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. -- Tennessee is one step closer to protecting nearly 20,000 acres of public land in the Cherokee National Forest in the northeastern part of the state. A joint effort by Republican Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker from Tennessee, and Pat Roberts of Kentucky, passed out of c

Hurricane Harvey flooded this parking garage in Houston, and rain from the storm's remnants is expected to hit Tennessee today. (R. Crap Mariner/Flickr)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Parts of middle and western Tennessee are waking up to heavy rain Thursday, as the remnants of Tropical Storm Harvey move through the state. While the wet weather isn't expected to cause significant damage, the Tennessee Valley Authority is on alert to decide when and if w

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