The destroyer USS Thomas Hudner is now officially part of the Navy's fleet. The ship is named after a pilot who crash-landed his plane in an attempt to save a downed fellow airman in the Korean War.
House appropriators have added nearly $1 billion to the defense appropriations bill for the acquisition of three littoral combat ships, sparking a disagreement with the White House, which requested only one LCS in fiscal 2019.
The Navy and Marine Corps' current and future investments to defend sea bases in contested environments might be examined as part of a Senate Armed Services Committee proposal to evaluate the roles and missions of the services. The proposal's authors also seek to beef up the Army's presence against Russia and China and to increase the use of drones to supplement ground forces.
A county measure to preserve woodland and watershed areas in California's Napa Valley wine region has been narrowly voted down. The measure would have restricted the expansion of vineyards, and wine industry advocates now say they're ready to work with environmentalists to achieve some of the same ends.
Small improvements are now evident in Vermont's most polluted lakes, but water quality in the cleanest lakes is deteriorating. The situation is puzzling, but one possible explanation is the natural occurrence of eutrophication in lakes as they age, a process that may be accelerated by human activity.
Erosion is a growing concern along Lake Erie shorelines as water levels persist near record highs. Part of the problem, say Ohio state officials, is infrastructure put in place decades ago that is now nearing the end of its service life.
Streambed dredging and diversion ditches are among the tools the Environmental Protection Agency will be using to address toxic wastewater flowing from dozens of abandoned mines in southwestern Colorado. But these amount to only interim steps as the EPA continues to pursue long-term solutions.
Alternative designs could knock $75 million off the $1.2 billion cost of an Akron, Ohio, sewer project. The savings are contained in amendments to the original deal with state and federal authorities and still must be approved by them as part of the plan to bring the system in line with the Clean Water Act and prevent sewage overflows into the Cuyahoga River by 2028.
The ongoing plan to clean up Chesapeake Bay is bearing fruit, as evidenced by the first documented water improvements across all the bay's regions in 33 years. Key crab, fish and plant species are now thriving in some areas where they had nearly disappeared.
Citing huge effects on drinking water, about 30 protesters gathered at a park in Roanoke, Va., to call on the state to halt construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline. Locals have reported mud runoff in streams in Roanoke and Franklin counties and complain that the response by state authorities has been inadequate.