U.S. Regulatory Update – 2015 Ecosystem Banking Forum

The 2015 National Mitigation & Ecosystem Banking Conference will be held in Orlando, Florida May 4-8.  Founded in 1997 with a diverse steering committee of regulators, bankers and environmentalist, this is the first – and only – National hands-on conference for mitigation, conservation and ecosystem banking that focuses on banking…

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EPA Releases Climate Change Adaptation Plans

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released the final version of its Agency-wide Climate Change Adaptation Plan and seventeen Climate Change Adaptation Implementation Plans. The plans were developed in response to directives in President Obama’s Executive Order 13653 – Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change.…

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Clean Water Drives Economic Growth

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy writes in the Huffington Post: “To have clean water downstream in our rivers and lakes — and enjoy the economic growth clean water brings — we need healthy headwaters upstream. In fact, a recent survey found that 80 percent of U.S. small business owners favor including…

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First Mitigation Bank in Wyoming History Approved

Trout Headwaters, Inc is pleased to announce the approval of the first mitigation bank in the history of Wyoming and sponsored by Sweetwater River Conservancy, LLC.  Following on publication of the state’s first Stream Mitigation Procedure (SMP), the Dumbell Ranch Mitigation Bank has received approval from the U.S. Army Corps…

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Wetland Losses Go On (and On)

With the 2013 release of trend data for U.S. wetlands (with apparent delay) came concerning statistics about the nations vanishing wetland resources.   This report does not draw conclusions regarding trends in the quality or condition of the Nation’s wetlands, rather focusing on wetland areas and extents.  The report discloses estimated…

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EPA Survey: Three-Quarters of Our Nation’s Rivers Need Our Help

This week the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the results of a comprehensive survey looking at the health of thousands of stream and river miles across the country, finding that 55 percent are classified as poor, and another 23 percent in fair condition for aquatic life. In certain regions, like…

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Climate Ready Estuaries Releases 2012 Progress Report and Related Publications

Estuaries are the endpoint of our nation’s rivers and the nurseries of our nation’s seas. The health of our nation’s streams and rivers directly affect the health of our oceans. EPA has released its Climate Ready Estuaries 2012 Progress Report, which describes program accomplishments and the new National Estuary Program…

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Importance of Water to the United States Economy

Current economic literature provides some insights into the importance of water to various sectors, including agriculture, tourism, fishing, manufacturing, and energy production, but this information is dispersed and, in many cases, incomplete. EPA is conducting a study on the importance of water in the U.S. economy to: Summarize existing knowledge…

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USEPA Video on Nutrient Pollution Impacts

Nutrient pollution is one of the nation’s most widespread and costly environmental problems. Excess nitrogen and phosphorus from farm and lawn fertilizer, livestock waste, roads and houses, faulty septic systems, and treated sewage can turn waters green with slime and pollute waters for swimming, boating, and fishing. To help raise…

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The Importance of Water to the U.S. Economy via Webcast

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) is conducting a study on the importance of water in the U.S. economy to better understand how water contributes to the economic welfare of the nation and plays a critical role in many sectors of the U.S. economy. On December 4, USEPA will host…

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