U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Feb 052015

See our Federal Register page for more Posted for Public Inspection  NMFS begins 5-year reviews of 32 listed species: 17 evolutionarily significant units (ESUs) of Pacific salmon; 11 distinct population segments (DPSs) of steelhead; the Puget Sound/Georgia Basin DPSs of yelloweye rockfish, canary rockfish, and bocaccio rockfish; and the southern DPS of eulachon | More […]

Lineup set for Feb. 4 WOTUS hearing on Capitol Hill

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Feb 032015
Lineup set for Feb. 4 WOTUS hearing on Capitol Hill

The lineup is set for the hearing tomorrow on the EPA/Corps proposed rule to define “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act. The hearing is being held jointly by the Full Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. Witnesses representing state attorneys general, state departments […]

Feb 022015
Lawsuit filed over dams' effects on pallid sturgeon

Defenders of Wildlife and Natural Resources Defense Council have sued three federal agencies “demanding that [they] fix their dam operations that threaten the existence of wild pallid sturgeon.” (press release) (complaint) “Although the impacts of these dams have been well documented for more than 20 years, the agencies have avoided their obligations under the Endangered […]

Jan 292015
House bill would prevent proposed "waters" rule from becoming law

An Arizona congressman was joined by more than 100 House members in introducing a bill that would prevent EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers from “developing, finalizing, adopting, implementing, applying, administering, or enforcing” the proposed rule defining “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act. Echoing a theme that has been sounded […]

Jan 152015

Editor’s note: Made a change after looking at this again. Instead of saying the report concluded that “waters are generally connected to one another,” (a statement I believe is likely true if one considers the volume of water across the landscape, but which I cannot support empirically), I have written, “even isolated wetlands can affect […]

Jan 082015

A federal judge has rejected a request for a preliminary injunction that would prevent dredging of the lower Snake River (Idaho Rivers United v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 14-1800 JLR, W.D. Wa.; order below). “Because the court has found that plaintiffs have failed to demonstrate three of the required elements necessary for issuance of […]

Dec 112014

Updated 12/14/14 EPA has been barred from doing any work on its potential veto of a permit for a controversial gold mine in Bristol Bay, Alaska. “[D]efendants must stop all work connected to the 404(c) proceeding. Defendants may not engage in any activities related to the 404(c) process,” U.S. District Judge H. Russel Holland said […]

Nov 032014

The Supreme Court will hear arguments in a water dispute between Florida and Georgia. The court on Nov. 3 granted Florida’s request to file a bill of complaint in its dispute with Georgia over the allocation of water in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) River Basin (Florida v. Georgia, No. 220142 ORG). The United States had asked the […]

Oct 232014

EPA and the Corps of Engineers have announced the release of the final peer review of EPA’s “connectivity” report — literally, Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands to Downstream Waters: A Review and Synthesis of the Scientific Evidence. Here is the final peer review, posted on Endangered Species & Wetlands Report’s website. Here’s part of the […]

Oct 132014

Environmental groups announced a couple of new lawsuits Monday, one against the Fish and Wildlife Service for withdrawing its proposal to lst the wolverine, and another against the Army Corps of Engineers for its use of nationwide permit 13. The first was filed today in Montana (Center for Biological Diversity v. Jewell, no # or […]