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KHRT ND News - Saturday - 08/24/19 - Morning Edition

Attorneys general from a dozen western states want the Trump administration to halt a proposal by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers....

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Attorneys general from a dozen western states want the Trump administration to halt a proposal by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that could allow the agency to charge for water drawn from reservoirs it manages.

    North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says the Water Supply Rule proposed in the waning days of the Obama administration usurps states' authority over their own water. Stenehjem and attorneys general from Idaho, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming sent a letter Thursday to the Trump administration asking that the proposal be withdrawn. Stenehjem says the proposed rule has "implications for all states" but would especially be harmful to the six reservoirs of the Upper Missouri River.


    MINOT, N.D. - The Ward County Sheriff's Department has been asking the public's help this week in reducing a list of more than 3000 active arrest warrants.

    A tip from the public this week led to the arrest of a Bismarck woman who fled from Ward County deputies in June. 29-year-old Stevirae Gross fled from deputies in a pickup truck on June 11th eventually crashing into a parked vehicle and fleeing from the scene. Officers say drugs and drug paraphernalia were found in the truck.

    On Thursday Gross was arrest after being found hiding in the insulation in the attic of a southeast Minot residence. She also has outstanding warrants in McLean and Burleigh counties.

    Thanks to a public tip, deputies say Tanya Burgard was also arrested on Thursday. She has six warrants against her.

    The list of more than 3000 active arrest warrants can be found on the Ward County Sheriffs Facebook page and the Ward County website.


    BISMARCK, N.D. - The North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality (NDDEQ) and North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) are reminding people to continue to be on the lookout for blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) in the state's waterbodies. Blue-green algae can produce cyanotoxins which can make people and animals sick.

    "As the summer season has progressed, the number of blue-green algae advisories and warnings has increased," said Aaron Larsen, manager of NDDEQ's Watershed Management Program. "We want the public to be aware of the health effects of exposure to blue-green algae."

    "Symptoms may include diarrhea and vomiting; numb lips, tingling fingers and toes; dizziness; or rashes, hives and skin blisters," said Kirby Kruger, section chief for the NDDoH Medical Services Section. "There are no known antidotes and in severe cases, cyanotoxins can even cause death. Special consideration should be given to children since they are at higher risk because of their smaller size."

    The NDDEQ tests waterbodies for cyanotoxins and, if detected, issues public advisories and/or warnings. However, it can take time to receive test results, so people should avoid water that is discolored, scummy or smells bad.  Currently, 15 lakes in North Dakota are posted with blue-green algae advisories. Three lakes - Harmon Lake in Morton County, Larson Lake in Hettinger County and Froelich Dam in Sioux County - are under warnings.

    A warning means people and animals should avoid any contact with the water. With an advisory, recreationists are still able to use the lake but should avoid areas where algal blooms are present. The NDDEQ recommends the following:

    - Do not swim, water ski or boat where water is discolored or there is foam, scum or algae mats.

    - Do not let pets or livestock swim in or drink from these areas.

    - Do not irrigate lawns or golf courses with scummy or smelly pond or lake water.

    - While fish are safe to consume, always wash your hands with non-lake water immediately after catching fish. Wash the fish thoroughly with tap water before cleaning.



   (Copyright 2019 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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