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Category: Water Quality :: Wetlands
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PolyMet denies access for wetlands research by U of M scientist 29.8.2015 MinnPost
PolyMet Mining has denied access for a University of Minnesota research scientist to sample wetlands around its proposed copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota. The sampling was to be done on U.S. Forest Service land, and the project was given a green light by Superior National Forest officials. But PolyMet owns the road that provides access to the site. Paul Glaser Paul Glaser , a research professor in the University of Minnesota’s Department of Earth Sciences , proposed to sample baseline plots in peatlands around the NorthMet site, with the goal of identifying wetland types and assessing potential impacts of the mining operation on wetlands surrounding the site. Glaser and his colleagues have been doing similar baseline studies across northern Minnesota since the 1970s. The data was to be shared with agencies conducting environmental review of the proposed mine. The research was to be sponsored by the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy  (MCEA), a nonprofit group that has been critical ...
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The Katrina Oil Spill Disaster: A Harbinger for the Atlantic Coast? 29.8.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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EPA: Clean water rule in effect despite court ruling 29.8.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency says it is going forward with a new federal rule to protect small streams, tributaries and wetlands, despite a court ruling that blocked the measure in 13 central and Western ...
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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: August 28, 2015 28.8.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Latest Mississippi River Delta News: August 28, 2015 Katrina Spawns a Decade of Flood Protection Design and Construction (Mentions MRD Coalition) By Pam Radtke Russell, Engineering News-Record. August 25, 2015. That buffering of the coastline is part of a “multiple lines of defense” strategy being promoted by a “Restore the Delta” coalition that is pushing to restore the coast for environmental reasons and to give the region more protection from hurricanes. (Read More) Designing the Resilient Coast of the Future (Mentions EDF, Changing Course) By Kate Ascher & David Ven Der Leer Such remarkably complex challenges require a process that develops multiple approaches, disciplines and a toolkit of solutions to guide the region’s future. In 2013, the international environmental nonprofit Environmental Defense Fund, 120-year-old design competition organizer,Van Alen Institute, and multidisciplinary consulting engineering firm, BuroHappold Engineering, launched the international design competition Changing ...
Clean Water Rule Litigation Update: Let's All Just Take a Breath 28.8.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Jon Devine, Senior Attorney, Washington, D.C.: If you're following the legal fallout from the Obama Administration's finalization of its initiative to protect critical streams and wetlands - called the Clean Water Rule - you were probably on the lookout for action this week. (And, you're a...
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Starting Today, Your Favorite River Is Better Protected 28.8.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Credit: MNStudio, Shutterstock This weekend Americans will head to our local river for a float trip or fishing excursion, to our favorite lake for a refreshing swim, or to the beach to ride the waves and soak up the last of the summer sun. Our enjoyment of these waterways will be particularly sweet over the next few days, not just because we'll mark one of the last hurrahs of the summer season, but also because our favorite rivers and lakes are now better protected from pollution than ever before. Thanks to the Obama administration's Clean Water Rule that takes effect today (in most places), polluters can no longer dump into our streams and developers can no longer pave over our wetlands unheeded. Before today's rule, 2 million miles of streams and millions of acres of wetlands, which flow into our favorite waterways, from the Puget Sound to the Chesapeake Bay, had lacked clear safeguards under the Clean Water Act, following a pair of polluter driven lawsuits that went all the way to the Supreme Court in ...
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Officials breach levee to open wetlands to salmon recovery 28.8.2015 Seattle Times: Local
Bulldozers have removed about 1,500 linear feet of a levee in the Snohomish River Estuary in order to reopen 350 acres of historic wetlands to threatened salmon.
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Officials breach levee to open wetlands to salmon recovery 28.8.2015 AP Washington
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) -- Bulldozers have removed about 1,500 linear feet of a levee in the Snohomish River Estuary in order to reopen 350 acres of historic wetlands to threaten salmon....
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Things to know: EPA water rules take effect in some states 28.8.2015 Yahoo: US National
WASHINGTON (AP) — New federal rules to protect smaller streams, tributaries and wetlands took effect on Friday — but only in some states.
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No One Is Ready for the Next Katrina 27.8.2015 Wired Top Stories
As the seas rise and storms worsen, it's worth taking a look at how poorly US infrastructure is going to do under climate ...
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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: August 26, 2015 26.8.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Decade after Katrina, efforts aim to restore Louisiana coast *features Steve Cochran, EDF By Randy Lee Loftin, Dallas News. August 25, 2015 "What the Louisiana coast needs, just about everyone agrees, is multiple lines of defense against storms — starting with the ones nature put in place. Coastal wetlands help buffer big storms before they hit the mainland by absorbing some of the power of waves. Some research says storm surge, the dramatic rise in water levels pushed by hurricane winds, can be reduced by a foot for every mile of intact wetlands that greet the storm…” (Read More) Wake Up with Al – The Wetlands and Hurricane Katrina (video) *features Doug Meffert, NAS Wake Up with Al. August 26, 2015 "Since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast more than $14.5 billion has been used to construct an upgraded levee system to better protect its residents and their property. However, scientists say the best way to protect from future storms is with multiple lines of defense anchored by a restored coast, ...
Cajuns losing Louisiana island home to erosion 26.8.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
Deep in the bayous of Louisiana, time seems to move more slowly. Major efforts aimed at restoring the coast have slowed the erosion, but Louisiana is still losing about a football field of coastline every hour. Maryline Naquin, 70, has a front row ...
Latest Mississippi River Delta News: August 25, 2015 26.8.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
10 Years After Katrina, Louisiana Is Becoming A Model For Climate Resilience *features Doug Meffert, NAS, John Lopez, LPBF & Simone Maloz, ROR By Kate Sheppard, Huffington Post. August 24, 2015 "But the most recent master plan, released in 2012, is a "masterpiece," Meffert said, based on sound science for what the region can expect as the climate changes and seas rise.”It did what no other master plan or general plan had done before — drew a map of Louisiana with projects that were impactful and doable, and it really for the first time put on the map what we could save," he said.” (Read More)   Closer than Ever to the Water’s Edge By Maria Gallucci, International Business Times. August 24, 2015 "Regardless of human-made barriers, a healthier, thicker wetland zone would have diminished the force of the deadly storm surge. With this idea in mind, two years after Katrina, Louisiana launched a $50 billion Coastal Master Plan to help rebuild part of what’s been lost. The sweeping strategy outlines more than ...
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Katrina's Vital Lessons 25.8.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Katrina's Vital Lesson 25.8.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Rhea Suh, President, New York City: A decade after the costliest storm in U.S. history, we have a collective responsibility to act. President Obama goes to New Orleans on Thursday to mark the Gulf region's struggle to recover from not one disaster but two: Hurricane Katrina...
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10 Years After Katrina, Louisiana Is Becoming A Model For Climate Resilience 24.8.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A decade after Hurricane Katrina devastated coastal Louisiana, forcing 1.5 million residents to evacuate and causing $100 billion in damage, the region is becoming a model for climate change adaptation planning -- even if some people in the state still don't want to say the "c" word. Louisiana's governor, long-shot Republican presidential candidate Bobby Jindal, has been non-committal on climate change. He'll acknowledge it's happening,  but says he's uncertain how much humans are to blame. Nevertheless, Louisiana officials have been planning for rising temperatures and the cascading impacts climate change will have on the state, from rising seas to potentially more dangerous storms. "We are leaders in climate change adaptation, we just don't call it that," said Doug Meffert, executive director of Audubon Louisiana. The Louisiana coast, with an average elevation of just three  feet above sea level and a buffer of rapidly disappearing wetlands, is among the world's most vulnerable regions to climate ...
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The hidden consequences of hunting Africa's lions 22.8.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
After the global uproar over the death of a Zimbabwean lion dubbed Cecil, the hunting industry had a response: By killing animals, trophy hunters are actually saving Africa's ...
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The hidden consequences of hunting Africa's lions 22.8.2015 LA Times: Commentary
After the global uproar over the death of a Zimbabwean lion dubbed Cecil, the hunting industry had a response: By killing animals, trophy hunters are actually saving Africa's wildlife.
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Cop sued for second time this year 22.8.2015 Philly.com News
Once again, motorist alleges he was assaulted by officer
Latest Mississippi River Delta News: August 21, 2015 21.8.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
The Next Big One By Chris Mooney, The Washington Post. August 21, 2015 "Louisiana has roughly 5,700 square miles of wetlands. If it keeps losing them at the current rate — estimated at a football field an hour — New Orleans could someday lie right up against the Gulf of Mexico, more exposed than ever to another natural disaster. And Nyman and many other coastal scientists say that wetland-building river diversions like the one at Pass a Loutre — only much bigger and much closer to the city — are critical to staving off that fate.” (Read More)   What Hurricane Katrina Taught Us about Fixing Louisiana *features David Yarnold, NAS By David Yarnold, Huffington Post. August 20, 2015 "If there's one thing we all learned from Katrina, it's that we waited too long. We have to invest in serious restoration of our coasts now. This is not just a Louisiana problem: It's the challenge of virtually every country on the globe that has a coastline.” (Read More) Mississippi River Mouth Must Be Abandoned to Save New ...
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