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Category: Water Quality :: Wetlands
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Dog rescued after being found impaled, dangling from tree limb in South Carolina marsh 5.5.2015 Star Tribune: Nation
Dog rescued after being found impaled, dangling from tree 5.5.2015 Yahoo: US National
WADMALAW ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — A dog has been rescued after he was found impaled on a tree limb and dangling 15 feet in the air in a South Carolina marsh.
In Ads Across State, Leading Wildlife & Fisheries Biologists Endorse Sediment Diversions 3.5.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Natalie Peyronnin, Director of Science Policy, Mississippi River Delta Restoration, Environmental Defense Fund Twenty-seven leading wildlife and fisheries biologists and other wetlands professionals are urging Louisiana’s citizens to support the construction of sediment diversions to restore marshes vital for protecting Louisiana’s diminishing coast and the people and wildlife it supports. In full-page ads that will begin appearing in Louisiana media, including the state’s largest newspapers, this Sunday, May 3, the experts write: “Louisiana urgently needs to restore a better balance between wetland building and wetland loss, between freshwater intrusion and saltwater intrusion, and between the river and the sea so that Louisiana’s wildlife, fish, culture, communities and economy will benefit for generations.” These wildlife and fisheries biologists and wetlands experts who signed onto the letter have a connection to Louisiana’s coast and want to see it restored: “Like many of you, the signers of this ...
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Louisiana Tribe Renews Fight for Federal Recognition in the Face of Sinking Lands, Environmental Disasters 30.4.2015 Truthout - All Articles
On the fifth anniversary of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the United Houma Nation (UHN) of southern Louisiana is taking yet another stand in its 30-year campaign to win recognition, launching a petition this week calling on the Obama administration to support the tribe's fight for federal recognition. The UHN is an indigenous tribe with 17,000 members residing in a six-parish area along the Gulf Coast where the land is literally slipping away from under them. Due to coastal erosion, southern Louisiana is losing over 16 square miles of land per year , or the equivalent of one football field every hour. "The United Houma Nation is severely affected by coastal erosion, sea-level rise, and the lack of corporate and government accountability around the pollution of their traditional lands and waters," the petition states. "A lack of federal recognition limits how the Houma people can protect the delicate marsh, swamp and bayou ecosystems to sustain their food subsistence, cultural practices and ...
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Bass Pro Shops opening megastore, tourist destination in iconic Memphis Pyramid 29.4.2015 Star Tribune: Business
“Revaluing” Ecosystems to Include Nature’s Value on Balance Sheets 28.4.2015 WRI Stories
Awareness is growing – in communities, in governments and in the private sector – of the many valuable benefits ecosystems provide to people and to our economy. Bees are vital pollinators; oceans support productive, lucrative fisheries; forests and wetlands filter pollutants and regulate flooding; and coastal ecosystems, such as mangroves, coral reefs and sand dunes, mitigate waves and reduce flooding during storms. Yet this awareness is not growing quickly enough to stem current rates of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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The US Has Nearly 600 Coal Waste Sites: Why They've Got West Virginians Worried 28.4.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Marsh Fork Elementary, deep in West Virginia coal country, is shut down and fenced in, a fine layer of dirt covering its once-cheerful sign: "Staff-Students-Parents Working Together." Next door, the Goals Coal Prep Plant still plugs away, treating coal mined just a few miles away and pumping the byproducts of that treatment up into the sky. Junior Walk, 25, a former student, points to an earthen dam visible from the driveway to the school. The school lies in a narrow valley between two long ridges. The Marsh Fork carves a path between, and the two-lane WV-3 runs alongside it. Bare winter trees and brush open up to a field surrounding the school. Above the former elementary, rock and refuse from mountaintop removal mining holds back 2.8 billion gallons of liquid slurry. Behind the barrier, a "slurry impoundment," as it's called in the industry, contains byproducts from the prep plant and drainage from a 2,000-acre surface mining site that surrounds it. The slurry, which contains fine particles and ...
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Site of former sewage plant restored to wetland near Long Lake 25.4.2015 Star Tribune: Local
Watershed District’s project also repairs, restores meandering Long Lake Creek near Orono.
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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: April 24, 2015 24.4.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Early results from study of river sediment show enough to make diversions work By Bob Marhsall, The Lens. April 23, 2015 “Preliminary findings from the first comprehensive study in more than 50 years on the amount of material the river hauls south of New Orleans appear to support the land-building conclusions in the 2012 Master Plan, researchers said in several recent interviews." (Read More) O’Mara: Five years later, Gulf still waits for real restoration By Collin O’Mara, Houston Chronicle. April 23, 2015 “The truth is, wildlife suffered tremendous damage from the biggest environmental disaster in U.S. history, and the science documenting that damage is still mounting." (Read More) Coastal plan advances despite concerns about water diversion By Jeremy Harper, Houma Courier. April 22, 2015 “A second House committee Wednesday approved the $884 million annual state plan for coastal restoration and protection despite concerns over the impact of freshwater river diversions." (Read More)   5 years after the ...
At Everglades, Obama to warn of growing damage from climate change, decry inaction by his foes 22.4.2015 Star Tribune: Politics
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At Everglades, Obama to warn of damage from climate neglect 22.4.2015 Yahoo: Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) — With swampy wetlands and alligators as his backdrop, President Barack Obama will use a visit to Florida's Everglades to warn of the damage that climate change is already inflicting on the nation's environmental treasures — and to hammer political opponents he says are doing far too little about it.
Restoration projects in $134 million preliminary agreement 21.4.2015 Yahoo: US National
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Here's a look at 10 projects given preliminarily approval to share in $134 million in funding from BP PLC's $1 billion set-aside dedicated to recovery from its 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico:
GOP Senator Moved To Tears As He Commemorates Deepwater Horizon Victims 21.4.2015 Green on
Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) couldn't hold back tears during a Senate speech Monday commemorating the five-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon explosion that took 11 lives. "These were just people we grew up with," Cassidy said on the Senate floor before reading the names and stories of the men who were killed . "So I apologize for being emotional, but these are our neighbors." The BP blowout is thought to have caused the worst marine oil spill in U.S. history, and conservationists have pointed to it as evidence of the high risks associated with the petroleum industry. BP, which owned the rig, is waiting for a federal court to decide how much it owes in fines for violating the Clean Water Act , The Associated Press reported. The well spewed nearly 4 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. A ruling, expected this summer, will fine BP an estimated $1,100 to $4,300 per barrel. Last week, the Obama administration proposed new regulations that would increase oversight of offshore oil drilling ...
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Greening the American Way of Death 20.4.2015 Green on
As Jessica Mitford explained in her 1963 blockbuster, The American Way of Death , American funerary and burial practices are incredibly consumptive and expensive. Our strongly entrenched social norm is that the appropriate way to express grief and show love for the deceased is by spending money -- on flowers, a viewing, a casket, a vault, and a prime burial spot. Our practices are in stark contrast to those in other developed countries that seek to hasten decomposition and minimize the land dedicated for burial purposes. The standard American burial employs a number of strategies to retard decomposition --embalming, using hardwood or metal caskets and steel and/or concrete vaults or grave liners. These practices generate significant environmental consequences. Dozens of hazardous chemicals are utilized in our preparation of human remains for cremation or burial, chemicals that are routinely released into septic and sewer systems. A leading embalming textbook lists 45 "toxic chemicals" which are ...
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Kids of Cold War crocs going to Cuba on conservation mission 19.4.2015 AP Top News
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Cuba's efforts to sustain the critically endangered Cuban crocodile are getting a boost from Sweden, home to a pair of reptiles that Fidel Castro gave to a Soviet cosmonaut four decades ago....
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Kids of Cold War crocs going to Cuba on conservation mission 19.4.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Cuba's efforts to sustain the critically endangered Cuban crocodile are getting a boost from Sweden, home to a pair of reptiles that Fidel Castro gave to a Soviet cosmonaut four decades ...
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The BP Spill May Have Damaged The Gulf, But It Took A Human Toll Too 17.4.2015 Politics on
Stephen Stone was one of the 126 crew members aboard the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig and near the end of a three-week shift working for Transocean when an explosion and blowout began the Gulf oil spill on April 20, 2010. After escaping the burning rig and spending nearly a day aboard a lifeboat, Stone made it to land. Five years later, he still suffers from PTSD. “For a long time, I couldn’t close my eyes after the rig stuff. Even taking a shower, washing my face. I had to it fast, I didn’t like to do it," he says in the interview above from PBS' "Independent Lens" series. “It feels like someone’s going to be there or something’s going to happen. Stone is one of several people who were featured in the 2014 documentary " The Great Invisible ," a firsthand look at the oil spill through the people it impacted. The film will debut on television on Monday, April 20 at 10 p.m. EDT through the PBS "Independent Lens" series, which shows documentaries made by independent filmmakers. Pivot network will show the ...
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Using adaptive management to help restore coastal Louisiana 15.4.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Estelle Robichaux, Restoration Project Analyst, Environmental Defense Fund This post is part of a series about oil spill early coastal restoration funding and projects, be sure to check out parts one and two . In November 2014, the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announced that its Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund would award more than $13.2 million to Louisiana’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) to fund and further develop parts of its Adaptive Management Program. Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan has been designed around an adaptive management approach to ecosystem restoration. The parts of the adaptive management program funded through NFWF will help CPRA make decisions about current and future barrier island and river diversion projects. What is adaptive management and why is it important? Adaptive management is a foundational concept in modern ecosystem management and restoration. The primary motivation behind adaptive management is to reduce the uncertainty surrounding ...
House bogs down in debate over making the Bible the official book of Tennessee, delaying vote 15.4.2015 Star Tribune: Nation
Tennessee House bogs down over making Bible official book 14.4.2015 Yahoo: US National
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A small-town Republican's proposal to make the Bible the official book of Tennessee ran into opposition from top members of his own party as the House delayed a scheduled vote on the measure ...
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