Category Archive for 'environment'

The Seattle Times reported that a federal judge has ordered culvert repairs to ensure tribes have fish to catch, as guaranteed by their treaty rights. The ruling could have broader impact on other types of development. A long-awaited tribal fishing-rights decision by a federal judge means the state must immediately accelerate more than $1 billion […]

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Discovery News recently reported that due to drought conditions, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers warned that the Mississippi River could become unnavigable by mid January. However, efforts by the USACE to blast away rocks have bought more time for barge shipping, according to a press release from the American Waterways Operators (AWO) and Waterways […]

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From the Huffington Post In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson called the Potomac River, polluted with sewage and riddled with algae blooms, a “national disgrace.” Forty years ago this year, the Clean Water Act of 1972 (CWA) was signed into law, and resulted in expansive, real improvements in the health of the Potomac River. The CWA […]

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The Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone will likely be smaller this year due to drought conditions throughout the Mississippi River watershed. A team of NOAA-supported scientists is predicting that this year’s Gulf of Mexico hypoxic zone could range from a low of approximately 1,197 square miles to as much as 6,213 square miles. The wide […]

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The Washington Post reports on the Rio+20 EarthSummit in Rio de Janeiro, “The actual negotiations in Rio have produced little of substance, beyond an abstract commitment to craft ‘sustainable development goals’ in the future.  The Brazilian government, which is hosting the meeting, took out language which would have committed countries to reaching three U.N. goals […]

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The National Mitigation Banking Association (NMBA) held its annual Fly-In March 27- 29 in Washington, D.C.  A record number of representatives from the mitigation banking community met with key regulatory personnel and Congressional Representatives to discuss rules and policies impacting the environment, restoration, and the mitigation banking industry. Trout Headwaters, Inc. president Michael Sprague, along […]

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The state of Louisiana has released a $50 billion, 50-year strategy to help protect some coastal residents from worsening storm surges and severe land loss that threaten to swallow communities. The plan proposes significant water diversions and marsh-creation projects around the Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers. But due to the high cost and difficulty, fewer restoration […]

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Keep the Clean Water Act Strong

2012 marks the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, a milestone for a series of landmark environmental laws that began with the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency in 1970. Those actions set our nation on a course to restore our damaged natural resources, but today, because of political pressures and court rulings, the […]

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Chasing Rainbows – with Poison

What follows is a letter to the editor in response to a recent article in Conservation Magazine titled, Chasing Rainbows by Anders Halverson. “Lured by a utopian vision of nature, fish and game agencies dropped billions of trout into thousands of lakes. Now, they’re determined to undo the damage they caused,” writes Halverson. The article which […]

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published A Primer on Using Biological Assessment to Support Water Quality Management. This technical document serves as a primer on the role of biological assessments in a variety of water quality management program applications including reporting on the condition of aquatic biota, developing biological criteria, and assessing environmental […]

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